The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Turkey National Committee Director General of Pearl Hasseki, if Kovid-19 attack how long their children’s education, health, noting the impact on nutrition and well-being would be so deep, “thwarts normally the result of depriving the children’s routine immunization disease and deaths could be much higher than losses from coronavirus. Interruption of routine vaccination could lead to more epidemics in 2021 and beyond. ” said.
While answering the questions of the AA reporter, Haseki stated that although children seem less affected by Kovid-19, as in any crisis, children are affected the most.
Explaining that the epidemic has increased inequality and poverty all over the world, and the number of people in need of health services and humanitarian assistance, Haseki shared the following information:
“Currently, only 3 out of every 5 people worldwide can access a handwashing point, 43 percent of schools do not have a hand washing area with water and soap. With the effect of the epidemic, the number of children suffering from deprivation in low and middle-income countries increased by 15 percent. 150 million more children are added to the number of children. As food insecurity has increased in countries already in distress, acute malnutrition rates in children have also started to climb. “
Haseki pointed out that the longer the crisis continues, the deeper the impact on children’s education, health, nutrition and well-being will be, “ Disruptions in health services, including vaccination, and the increase in malnutrition brought about by growing poverty can particularly affect child mortality and health under the age of 5. . ” said.
Noting that 90 percent of students around the world are negatively affected by the closure of schools and more than one third of school-age children are deprived of access to distance education, Haseki said, “For every child with an internet connection at home, there are 2 children without internet connection. Reduce the number of children who are out of school. Although we have struggled to achieve this, the number of these children has increased by 24 million, reaching a level that we have not encountered in years. Even when participation in distance education is possible, the mobility of children who are distant from their peers decreases and as a result, children lose their physical fitness and show signs of emotional stress. he spoke.
Haseki stated that children may not be able to access this connection due to the pressure of doing housework or working even if the children have an internet connection at home, not having enough devices at home or not understanding how to access online opportunities, and problems with online security in cases where families do not have sufficient preparation to keep their children safe. told that it was seen.
Noting that some disadvantaged children whose schools are closed are also more likely to experience violence at home, Haseki said, “In the absence of school meals, poor children cannot access food and their nutrition deteriorates. May be exposed to types of abuse such as marriage. ” said.
“The coronavirus epidemic increases the risk even more”
Inci Haseki emphasized that the Kovid-19 outbreak shows again how critical the vaccine is a healthcare service, and shared the following information:
“Vaccination saves 2 to 3 million children each year from deadly childhood diseases such as measles, diarrhea and pneumonia. More children can now be vaccinated than ever before, but nearly 14 million babies did not get any vaccination in 2019. Unfortunately, the coronavirus epidemic exacerbates the risk. Normally preventable sickness and deaths as a result of children being deprived of routine vaccines could be far greater than the losses caused by the coronavirus.
A UNICEF study carried out in 77 countries in the summer of 2020 reveals that almost 68 percent of countries reported a slight cut in health checks and immunization services for children. During the coronavirus outbreak, for example, at least 30 measles vaccination campaigns were canceled or threatened with cancellation, according to July 2020 data. Interruption of routine vaccination could lead to more epidemics in 2021 and beyond. “
“The effects of the Kovid-19 crisis increased the number of people we need to reach and the resources we need”
Stating that the Kovid-19 outbreak clearly revealed issues that need to be focused on a sustainable future, Haseki listed the priorities that UNICEF has updated in this context and is trying to raise awareness around the world:
“A global effort must be made to tackle the learning crisis by giving priority to the most vulnerable and excluded children, including bridging the digital divide. Globally for vaccine affordability, availability and equity as a contribution to the overall strengthening of health systems and the healthier growth of every child. Investments and action plans should be made to support and protect the mental health of children and young people and put an end to neglect, abuse and childhood trauma that negatively affect their future lives.Access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene for a safe and sustainable environment envisaged by children and young people Government, businesses and communities must work together to address environmental degradation and climate change issues. “
Haseki, the impact of the epidemic in 2020, the helpfulness and support humanitarian aid is expressed both in Turkey is now observed worldwide, continued as follows:
“ Unfortunately, the effects of the Kovid-19 crisis have increased and increased the number of people we need to reach and the resources we need.In 2021, while the number of children and people to reach with UNICEF’s humanitarian aid plan for children with its partners triples, according to 2020, the need for resources. While wars and armed conflicts are the main causes of emergencies, famine, infectious diseases and disasters due to climate change also make millions of other children in need of lifesaving assistance. can not access their basic rights such as access to clean water, nutrition, health, child protection and education services. “
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UNICEF Turkey National Committee Director General of Pearl Hasseki, between March and December 2020 in Turkey against the work of UNICEF Kovid-19 crisis was summarized as follows:
“UNICEF provided financial and technical support to the Ministry of National Education to strengthen the technical capacity and infrastructure of the EBA distance education platform. More children have been created thanks to the establishment of 170 physical EBA Support Centers, including 6 mobile centers in 6 provinces, and distribution of 90,548 ‘Learning at Home’ sets. UNICEF supports MoNE in the process of safe reopening of schools.Support, the national ‘Back to School campaign’, teacher training on distance education pedagogy, school administrator training in managing distance education and creating safe school environments, and COVID- 19 specific Psychosocial Support (PSS) Program, Turkey hygiene in schools in general in the sensitive area and includes the provision of other material with cleaning supplies. Over the past year Psychosocial Support Kits to vulnerable families, UNICEF joins its partners, delivered hygiene kits and personal protective equipment. “
Mentioning that the epidemic affects family life all over the world, Haseki said, “How can I manage my child’s compulsive behavior? How can I communicate better with my adolescent child? How can I stay positive and control my anger?” I provide practical suggestions for topics such as? How can I protect my child online?
“Do not underestimate your contribution as an individual in creating value”
While the world is going through an extraordinary period, Haseki emphasized that it is very valuable for everyone to help disadvantaged people individually, and completed his words as follows:
“The greatest part of goodness is made by empathetic and sensitive people, they fundamentally provide social development. With today’s communication facilities, the impact of these people is even greater than before. Most of the resources we collect as a contribution to the work for children come from individuals who make small monthly donations. Our regular donors are our happiness for our children, because when all small monthly donations are collected, their impact increases many times over. Do not underestimate your own contribution in creating value. “