How UNICEF is helping Bangsamoro children and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic

Photo essay on how UNICEF is protecting children and preventing the spread of COVID-19 in communities

UNICEF triage tent
A nurse from the Cotabato Regional Medical Center peeks out from a UNICEF tent being used for triage in their COVID-19 response

 

A health worker attends an Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) webinar
A health worker attends an Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) webinar. The training, aimed at COVID-19 interventions in home and community settings, was developed in collaboration with the Department of Health, the World Health Organization and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

 

Rural Health Unit staff member in Tongkil, Sulu
A Rural Health Unit staff member in Tongkil, Sulu, shares what she learned from the IPC training to health staff in their locality

 

Abdul Rauf Lumabao, 20, answers survey questions from the U-Report platform
Abdul Rauf Lumabao, 20, answers survey questions from the U-Report platform on how adolescents and young people are feeling about COVID-19. Three polls on COVID-19 have been conducted and three more are planned until June. Out of 1,000 who responded to the surveys so far, most shared they were feeling worried and sad.

 

Handwashing stations in various areas such as quarantine checkpoints
Handwashing stations in various areas such as quarantine checkpoints were put up to help stop the spread of COVID-19

 

Posters with messages on how to avoid infection
Posters with messages on how to avoid infection and stay healthy are placed in key areas for public awareness

 

Translated COVID-19 related core messages to five BARMM local languages with illustrations
UNICEF, with the Mindanao Humanitarian Team, translated COVID-19 related core messages to five BARMM local languages with illustrations. These will be inserted in food packs for wider distribution to different areas of BARMM.

 

Ais Abas-Sambolawan, a senior writer and editor at the Bangsamoro Government’s Bureau of Public Information
Ais Abas-Sambolawan, a senior writer and editor at the Bangsamoro Government’s Bureau of Public Information writes stories on how the Bangsamoro government is responding to the COVID-19 crisis. UNICEF, apart from providing technical assistance, gave computers, wi-fi stations and transportation support to help with information dissemination.

 

The Mufti of the Bangsamoro
The Mufti of the Bangsamoro and Executive Director of the Regional Darul Ifta - BARMM, Mufti Abu Huraira A. Udasan, delivers his weekly virtual Muhadarah (lessons) related to COVID-19. UNICEF helped outline messages and reviewed the successive draft versions and helped convene the Religious Committee for the drafting of the sermons.

 

UN entities involved in this initiative
UNICEF
United Nations Children’s Fund