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Religious leaders during COVID-19 in North region of Bangladesh

As COVID-19 has continued to escalate, Rangpur field office of UNICEF Bangladesh has reinforced awareness message dissemination with Islamic Foundation and local government institutions through engaging religious leaders for promoting the urgency of social distancing, personal hygiene and healthy behaviours, protecting and caring for the most vulnerable, encouraging positive parenting, preventing violence against children and reducing stigma and discrimination. With UNICEF support, more than five hundred Imams and other religious leaders are disseminating COVID-19 awareness messages through their regular religious preaching at mosques in four districts of Northern Bangladesh. Imams have been found expressively talked in mosques about coughing and sneezing etiquette, social distancing and messages on quarantine and isolation in COVID-19 situation. Even mosque mikes have been used for COVID-19 message dissemination in northern districts like other regions of Bangladesh.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

"The COVID-19 crisis: An unprecedented global emergency with profound child rights implications" - Cornelius Williams, Associate Director of Child Protection, UNICEF

In a webinar on May 13 2020, the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children and the Office of the Special Representative to the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children (SRSG VAC), brought together nearly 1,000 people from over 130 countries around the world to discuss local, national, and global perspectives on and responses to violence against children amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

The webinar explored themes including:

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End Violence Against Children website, July 2 2020; and email from Elissa Miolene to The Communication Initiative on July 8 2020. Image credit: Cornelius Williams, UNICEF

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Author: Jacques Brodeur, June 26 2020 - At the time of this writing, many countries are still struggling to survive a deadly pandemic that traveled across the world. With the exception of workers in sectors deemed "essential", many of our fellow citizens have stayed at home hoping to avoid damage to themselves and their family. The economic and social impacts have taken a tremendous toll, which we are grappling with as we move towards de-confinement, and maybe later re-confinement.

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  <h4>Evidence to Action Report</h4>
Publication Date
Thursday, June 11, 2020

"Given the fast-paced evolution of the virus, there is a great need to keep the public well informed and protect those that are most vulnerable with reliable and trusted information, adapted to their needs."

A key strategy to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and protect lives is risk communication and community engagement (RCCE), which is only effective when grounded in an understanding of the information needs of the people being reached, including vulnerable groups such as children, the elderly, people with previous health conditions, and people with disabilities. The overall objective of this rapid need assessment was to gain insights on the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of Cambodian children around COVID-19.

Save the Children Cambodia's COVID-19 response strategy has 4 goals:

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Save the Children website, June 16 2020. Image credit: Prak Chamnan, Cambodia Children's Trust

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Giuseppe La Torre
Valeria D'Egidio
Cristina Sestili
Rosario Andrea Cocchiara
Sara Cianfanelli
Ornella Di Bella
Lorenza Lia
Barbara Dorelli
Vittoria Cammalleri
Insa Backhaus
Federica Pagano
Chiara Anguissola
Amelia Vitiello
Rita Carsetti
Alice Mannocci
Giochiamo Collaborative Group
Publication Date
Friday, June 5, 2020

Sapienza University of Rome (La Torre, D'Egidio, Sestili, Cocchiara, Cianfanelli, Di Bella, Lia, Dorelli, Cammalleri, Backhaus, Pagano, Mannocci, Giochiamo Collaborative Group); Explora il Museo dei Bambini di Roma (Anguissola); Comitato nazionale contro la meningite (Vitiello); Bambino Gesù Children Hospital (Carsetti)

"Ensuring education and knowledge dissemination about vaccines among the younger generations through school-based programs might be a good strategy to strengthen parental acceptance and shape the future vaccine acceptance behavior of people who will soon become parents and adults..."

In response to a 2017 measles outbreak in Italy, 10 vaccinations become mandatory by law for children between the ages of 0 and 16 years. A heated debate followed in civil society and politics, also triggered by the spreading of fake news about the lack of safety of the vaccines and a hypothetical link between vaccines and autism. As a result, a significant part of the general population started expressing concerns and negative attitudes toward vaccines. The aim of the project described in this article was to transmit knowledge and convey educational messages on the importance of vaccines, through the use of games, in elementary school children, their families, and teachers.

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Vaccines 2020, 8(2), 280;

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Publication Date
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Joining Forces is a global alliance of 6 child rights organisations - ChildFund, Plan International, Save the Children, SOS Children's Villages, Terre des Hommes, and World Vision - working in coalition to prevent and respond to violence against children across 70 countries. Drawing on their frontline experience, this brief outlines the emerging key child protection risks that girls and boys are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic and the proactive measures they argue that governments, donors, United Nations (UN) agencies, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) must take.

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WVI website and Joining Forces website - both accessed on July 2 2020. Image credit: © SOS Children's Villages International

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