Covered • Clean • Caring - version 2.0

An updated resource for COVID-19 risk communication and community engagement in schools and orphan and vulnerable child centres in South Africa.

Covered clean and caring poster graphic
UNICEF South Africa/2023


Infectious diseases are a reality, and we all have a role to play to keep ourselves and others safe. 

These updated interactive resources are designed for COVID-19 Risk Communication and Community Engagement in Schools and Orphan and Vulnerable Child Centres in South Africa, and can also be used at home and in your community. The resources provide informative and engaging approaches to promote good hygiene practices and help stop the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.  Because of the negative impact of the pandemic on youth mental health, the updated Covered, Clean and Caring programme also provides resources and training materials for addressing mental health and hosting dialogues about mental health in your community.


The project was funded by USAID (Phase 1) and UKAid (Phase 2), led by UNICEF, designed by Jive Media Africa, and implemented by Partners in Development (PID). Support was provided by the National Department of Basic Education, Provincial Departments of Education, the National Department of Social Development, and the Mpumalanga Department of Social Development.


In 2023, Covered, Clean and Caring has been implemented in 112 schools and 39 Orphan and Vulnerable Children centres across South Africa where USAID, UKAid and UNICEF have installed handwashing stations. The project also supported 24 schools in the Eastern Cape to hold caring dialogues with parents, caregivers and the broader school community to understand what mental health is and how to support young people in looking after it.   


UNICEF’S Covered, Clean and Caring COVID-19 Prevention Programme is a package of materials created to engage learners, teachers, caretakers and the surrounding community. Multiple fun-filled activities have been designed to encourage learners to explore how they can consistently practice good hygiene, how they can care for one another and how they can identify and look after their own mental health. See the Check • Connect • Care resources.

UNICEF South Africa, PID and Jive Media Africa
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