Children and young people call for increased support in the wake of COVID-19

Child representatives and care leavers from South East Asia have called for increased support for continuing education, psychosocial care, finding jobs and affordable housing in the wake of COVID-19. Their recommendations were discussed with Asian government and civil society representatives in an online forum this week. Adi Soumena, a 17-year-old child rights advocate from SOS Children’s Village Lembang in Indonesia who represented the voices of children in alternative care in the forum, shared the challenges of continuing education virtually. He said a lack of devices, online access, and the limited…

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COVID-19 response summary: March – June 2020

introduction This report summarizes the main activities carried out by UNRWA in response to the COVID-19 pandemic between March and June 2020, which have been reported in weekly and later fortnightly updates since April. Since the beginning of the outbreak, the Agency has shown flexibility and innovation in rapidly reprogramming its interventions and introducing new initiatives as part of its COVID-19 response to ensure continued service delivery in conditions of safety for staff and beneficiaries. Some of these interventions are: • Triage of patients in health centres, telemedicine hotlines and…

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