10 August 2020

Everything you need to know about face masks

The COVID-19 pandemic is not over. In the absence of vaccines or medicines to stop COVID-19, one of the best methods to slow the spread of the virus is to wear a face mask, alongside handwashing and practicing physical distancing. Masking up is a cheap, effective way of limiting the transmission of the disease. And while it’s not a cure-all (…, How do face masks help prevent the spread of COVID-19?, COVID-19 is transmitted from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Masks provide a simple barrier to help prevent these respiratory droplets from spreading in the air.…, Do children need to wear face masks?, According to the World Health Organization (WHO) children may be less affected, but they have a greater number of contacts in school and in public areas. Further studies are underway to assess the risk of infection in children and to better understand transmission in this age group, but the WHO recommends that children over age two should wear…, If I am wearing a mask I do not have to practice physical distancing? , Wearing a mask is just one step in preventing the spread of COVID-19, and should also be practiced with: •    Maintaining a physical distance of at least one metre •    Frequent handwashing •    Staying home if you do not feel well STEPS FOR WEARING A MASK Mask illustration FACE MASK TIPS Mask illustration Man wearing mask the wrong way Man…, WHAT TYPE OF MASK SHOULD YOU WEAR?, Confused about what type of mask you should wear? Here is a guide to help you understand the differences between the two types of masks that WHO recommends to help prevent the spread and transmission of COVID-19. Fabric masks Act as a barrier between the mouth and nose and the surrounding environment.  Are intended for use in community or public…
05 July 2020

Field Diary: From Za'atari refugee camp to Blue Nile State

Editor’s Note: All photos and stories gathered were taken prior to the COVID-19 outbreak. Following the outbreak, Ghaith Jalabneh worked out of the Khartoum office to support the Covid-19 response.  My name is Ghaith Jalabneh. I am a program officer for the Makani programme in the Za'atari Refugee Camp in Jordan. Makani (‘My Space’ in Arabic)…, A bright idea: Sun, water and innovation, While in Blue Nile I realized that access to clean and safe water is a critical issue.  In September 2019, a cholera outbreak occurred in Blue Nile State, with the highest number of cases occurring within Roseires locality. To assist this vulnerable community, UNICEF Sudan installed a water point and a solar-powered hand pump in the community.  It…, A community in need , A large population of people residing in the regions of Blue Nile State and neighboring Sennar State are returnees. Returnees are Sudanese citizens who fled to neighboring countries, such as Ethiopia and South Sudan, during past conflicts. In Kormuk Village in the town of Dinder in Sennar state, returnees arrive on a weekly basis. Along with my…, A new emergency, During my time in Sudan, COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic. UNICEF Sudan’s emergency response team had to quickly shift gears and reallocate resources so they could effectively respond to this new public health threat. I joined my emergency colleagues in Khartoum and helped developed preparedness plans for the communities we serve. One area…