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UNICEF Azerbaijan Country Office COVID-19 Situation Report No. 8 as at 10 June 2020

Country: Azerbaijan Source: UN Children s Fund WEEKLY HIGHLIGHTS 8,191 cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed as of 9 June, a near doubling of prevalence compared to two weeks ago (3,982 as of 23 May). There have been 98 deaths and 4,606 recoveries. The number of tests carried out as of 9 June was 349,200. Daily confirmed cases have increased noticeably since quarantine regimes were gradually eased since 11 May. A full curfew was introduced over the last weekend in major cities. The risk communication campaign supported by USAID has targeted children with educational videos explaining COVID-19 and how to protect oneself with following content posted on social media: Experiment style video on COVID-19 for children How does coronavirus look? (2,600 reach), Experiment style video on COVID-19 for children Magic of soap in fight against the disease (1,300 reach), and Book reading session with celebrities, Gunel Anarqizi (2,100 reach). New animated books were released to support parents with pre-school age children continue education in a digital environment. Also, a new precautionary animation series was released example here. UNICEF has been continuously contacted by the media for comments on COVID-19 and children with interviews by the UNICEF Representative. The UNICEF Health and Nutrition Officer, Education Specialist and Child Protection Specialist were invited in various television talk shows over the last two weeks. The Regional Development Public Union conducted its 5th and 6th online training sessions on social media platforms reaching 42,000 people on Facebook and 14,000 on Instagram, of which 980 were volunteers who are mobilized for awareness-raising activities. The topics covered speech culture and etiquette in communication, social responsibility of public awareness on COVID-19, and self-protection measures during field work. Two videos on hygiene and hip-hop challenge were produced and circulated in partnership with the Azerbaijan Youth Foundation, reaching some 35,000 young people and generating 14,800 views through various social network platforms. The National Mental Health Centre together with Reliable Future (an NGO hosting the Child Helpline) completed five sessions of online training for psychologists working Baku, Sumgayit and Lankaran schools, covering the topics of mental health and possible challenges faced by children and adolescents in schools, psychological first aid/crisis intervention, maintaining healthy psychological environment at s bullying and stigma prev development of effective cooperation between psychologists and the other educational process partic and establishing effective referral systems. More than 20 child psychologists joined each session. 8,000 packages were prepared and distributed by the Regional Development Public Union volunteers with learning and hygiene materials (painting books, soap, ruler, scissor, coloured papers, coloured pencils, plasticine, glue, face-paint, pencil sharpener) to support early learning at home for children aged 2-8 from internally displaced families in 11 districts (Baku, Absheron, Sumgayit, Ismayilli, Terter, Barda, Agjabedi, Bilasuvar, Yevlakh, Ganja, and Gazakh).


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