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Detail from RCCE Collective Service Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccines for Marginalised Populations

COVID-19 Vaccines for Marginalized Populations: Risk Communication and Community Engagement

October 21, 2021 | Spotlight on Indigenous Populations and Refugees | 9:30-10:30am EST

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Featuring stakeholders from select countries, this webinar will focus on local approaches to COVID-19 vaccine access and acceptance among hard-to-reach indigenous populations and refugees. It is organized by UNHCR, IFRC, UNICEF, IOM, and the READY Initiative as part of an RCCE Collective Service webinar series. The webinar is designed around the launch of the Risk Communication and Community Engagement Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccines for Marginalised Populations (learn more | download), an inter-agency guidance document that supplements the COVAX demand creation package for COVID-19 vaccines with key considerations for humanitarian contexts and marginalized populations with specific access and communication needs.

Live interpretation will be provided in French, Spanish, and Arabic for this event.

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Detail from RCCE Collective Service Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccines for Marginalised Populations

Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccines for Marginalised Populations

This inter-agency guidance document (2.5MB .pdf) aims to supplement the COVAX demand creation package for COVID-19 vaccines, adding key considerations for humanitarian contexts and marginalized populations with specific access and communication needs.

This document has two primary parts:

  • Part 1 focuses on general considerations related to RCCE and advocacy for equitable COVID-19 access for marginalized populations.
  • Part 2 focuses on specific considerations and recommendations for each population segment. The population segments addressed are:
    • Refugees, migrants, internally displaced persons (IDPs), asylum seekers, and stateless individuals;
    • People with disabilities;
    • Older people;
    • LGBTQI+ populations;
    • People living in insecure areas or areas not controlled by the government;
    • People experiencing homelessness;
    • People living in informal settlements; and
    • Indigenous populations.

Under the Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) Collective Service—which is led by WHO, IFRC, UNICEF and GOARN—READY co-led the development of this publication with UNHCR, UNICEF, and IOM. Contributors included the Global Health Cluster Task Team Vaccine Working Group and many other partners.

Download: Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccines for Marginalised Populations (2.52MB .pdf)

Strengthening frontline public health services during COVID-19: Introducing innovative IYCF tools for health and nutrition workers

May 25, 2021 | Introducing innovative IYCF tools for health and nutrition workers

The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented global emergency affecting almost every country in the world with millions of cases and deaths. Research findings show that there have been disruptions and reductions in key maternal and child health services in many countries due to COVID-19.

Funded by USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance, Save the Children and partners have developed new tools focused on innovative solutions to support health and nutrition workers providing lifesaving services and support to caregivers during a time requiring social distancing, reduced contact, and other service adaptations.

In this one hour webinar, the following innovations were presented:

  1. An interactive digital platform providing access to the most up-to-date and relevant resources in Infant and Young Child Nutrition in Emergencies
  2. A set of micro-learning videos for frontline staff; and
  3. A set of globally-endorsed guidelines on the provision of e-Counseling, the facilitation of group support, and home visits during COVID-19.

Practitioners from Save the Children and partners shared their experiences and challenges protecting and supporting caregivers and their children during the COVID-19 pandemic, and their insights on these innovative and game-changing tools.

Participants shared their thoughts, questions, and considerations around the new tools.

This webinar featured representatives from:

  • Save the Children’s global technical team
  • Infant Feeding in Emergency (IFE) Core Group
  • Frontline health and nutrition practitioners from Save the Children country programs

Platform/Global Repository

Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies Hub (“IYCFEHub”), https://iycfehub.org/: This growing collection (460 resources at this writing) presents resources related to IYCF, filterable by audience, topic, user challenge, country, and many other facets. The repository is curated by Save the Children, IFE Core Group, ENN, USAID, ACF USA, PATH, and SafelyFed Canada (2021).

Guidelines (housed on IYCFEHub)

Videos (housed on Save the Children’s Resource Centre)

These two videos are both approx. 5 minutes long, and are available in English, Arabic, French, and Spanish.

The Guidelines and Videos above were produced by Save the Children, IFE Core Group, ENN, USAID, ACF USA, PATH, and SafelyFed Canada (2021).

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