UNICEF Pacific Supports Micronesia Red Cross Society (MRCS) Youths in the Fight Against COVID-19 in The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)
The aim of the intervention was to resource young people to become risk communicators and community mobilisers reaching isolated island communities.
The strategy was multi-pronged – it included youth volunteer training, an expansive house-to-house COVID-19 awareness campaign with distribution of supplies, mobilization of communities to develop their own COVID-19 response action plans, and data collection and research.
UNICEF’s Social and Behaviour Change (SBC) Team trained more than 400 Micronesia Red Cross Society (MRCS) youth volunteers on COVID-19 Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE), who subsequently engaged 20,000 people from 3,000 households in dialogue on COVID-19 preventive behaviors as well as the importance of vaccination.
This initiative was a partnership between UNICEF Pacific, MRCS and the national and sub-national Departments of Public Health. The International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) also supported the regular MRCS personnel responsible for coordinating the efforts and activities of the volunteers to deliver the results.