YES!– the Collective Service’s Youth Engagement subgroup, would like to invite you to a global webinar showcasing the winning good practices on Youth Engagement and Leadership in COVID-19 response, from the open call launched last summer.
Learn about inspiring experiences by practitioners on the ground from across the globe, compiled and promoted by UNICEF,UNAIDS and theCollective Helpdesk, with the support of UN WOMEN and theCompact for Young People in Humanitarian Action, to contribute to the inclusion of young people and youth leadership as a part of coordination and response to future public health emergencies and humanitarian crises.
The one-hour session on 20 October began with introductions for thematic leads and contributing organizations of the Collective Helpdesk to get to know one another. Following that, an overview of questions, testimonies and quarter 3 numbers were provided. The second half of the session was spent listening to and discussing the challenges faced by media practitioners in getting access to technical support at the country level.
Some of the key takeaways from the discussion included the need to identify strong networks and technical working groups in the countries and regions and connecting media practitioners to them for timely and accurate information about an outbreak.
At the global level there would be limitations in supporting with the needs on-ground, but a quick mapping of networks or experts can be a great start for information sharing. The community was encouraged to keep these challenges from the media in consideration when creating guidelines and documents
Coaching and mentoring opportunity:
The CoP invited Common Thread to present an exciting mentoring opportunity through their new Call for Change in Kenya. Common Thread is seeking experts who are available to coach and mentor local organizations that are working on strengthening the country’s health system. The flexible opportunities for mentoring include:
Virtual introduction of potential mentors during the workshop on 8 November (if possible or through an email introduction or directory)
Coaching support during the Request for Proposal preparations
Supporting the selection of the proposals
Coaching for winning proposals starting January 2023
National governments are responsible for implementing Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) as a key pillar of their respective public health response, as articulated in the International Health Regulations (2005). However, civil society at all levels, together with a multitude of others including the media and private sector, should (and often do) also support the government and its partners to fulfil this responsibility.
This guidance document designed by the Collective Service provides ways to ensure predictable, sustainable and well-functioning RCCE coordination platforms, strategies and approaches that work with the government and partners, at national, state and local levels.
An estimated 13 per cent of people in low-income countries have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Accelerating COVID-19 vaccine uptake is essential if countries are to achieve the WHO target of 70 per cent vaccination coverage. COVID-19 vaccine supply is no longer a major challenge; however, low risk perception of COVID-19 in light of easing of pandemic related restrictions by governments, coupled with other competing health and economic priorities, has resulted in a decline in vaccination uptake. Additionally, suboptimal vaccine delivery strategies, low confidence in vaccines, lack of trust in health systems and authorities, and the absence of COVID-19 vaccination as a social norm present significant barriers to achieving higher uptake. Addressing this requires political leadership and effective approaches to build vaccine demand in high-risk and vulnerable communities.
To intensify support for priority countries, WHO, UNICEF, GAVI and international partners, including the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the World Bank, have launched the COVID-19 Vaccine Delivery Partnership (CoVDP). The CoVDP works with governments and NGOs to devise and deliver evidence-based strategies informed by local data. To characterize and catalogue innovative, promising, and proven demand interventions, a virtual meeting was held on 22 and 23 June 2022, co-hosted by UNICEF; the Ministry of Health, Ethiopia; and the Government of Canada; in collaboration with the CoVDP and the global Vaccine Confidence Task Team (VCTT). The event featured a high-level roundtable attended by Ministers of Health, representatives from global and regional agencies and civil society organizations, and was complemented by technical sessions focused on four areas: behaviourally informed interventions, capacity strengthening to improve service quality, misinformation, and community engagement.
Case studies explored diverse approaches to bring services closer to priority populations; the importance of formative research to inform context-specific interventions; the value of consulting and co-creating interventions with communities; and the importance of engaging in two-way conversations, including through community volunteers, women’s groups, SMS communication and community radio programming. Increasing COVID-19 vaccination rates remains an urgent task, and progress is possible where there is strong political will. The event illustrated the power of peer-to-peer learning to inspire effective approaches to solving shared problems in the field of vaccine demand.
UNICEF is looking for talented professionals for the AAP (Accountability for Affected Population) consultancies. See below opportunities and apply now!
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Home-Based Consultancy to develop and implement the workplan of the IASC AAP Task Force workstream on capacity strengthening (210 working days between Nov 2022 to Oct 2023) – EMOPS, Geneva, Switzerland