Azerbaijan

UNICEF Azerbaijan Country Office COVID-19 Situation Report No. 6 as at 13 May 2020

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WEEKLY HIGHLIGHTS

• As of 13 May, 2,758 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed, with 35 deaths and 1,789 recovered cases. The number of tests carried out as of 13 May had reached 208,546.

• Starting from 5 May, a gradual lifting of the special quarantine regime was applied including a resumption of service on the Baku Metro from 9 May.

• UNICEF Azerbaijan continued its joint campaign for young people with the Youth Foundation on social media focusing on staying healthy while at home, with a series of posts on yoga, simple physical exercises and art.

• 70 posters and 4,780 leaflets and brochures were distributed by young 50 volunteers amongst 1,790 families in Narimanov and Azizbekov Districts of Baku, Ganja,
Goranboy and settlements for internally displaced persons from Kalbajar District in partnership with Azerbaijan Red Crescent Society.

• UNICEF continued developing a series of interactive webinars on Basic Life Skills (BLS Remote) based on its face-to-face regular 16-lesson programme for the cross-country network of Youth Houses. Session 2 on Emotional Regulation was conducted on 7 May reaching 1,599 people through social media live streaming and online meeting platforms, with 800 participants being students of Vocational Education and Training schools.

• A live session was held on social media platforms with three local experts on child health to provide parents and caregivers of young children with necessary advice/counselling on child health, infant and maternal nutrition, breastfeeding and vaccination of children during the COVID-19 outbreak, organized by the Public Health Reform Centre (PHRC) and supported by UNICEF. A total 3,100 views were reported.

• Preschool education classes developed with the support of UNICEF started on 23 April on two national television channels targeting children below the age of 5 nationwide.
The early education videos are also available at the Parenting Education Portal developed with UNICEF support. Over 55,000 children under 5 were reached during the period of 4-14 May by the distance preschool education classes on television.

• UNICEF initiated a new partnership with the “Reliable Future” Social Initiatives Public Union and the national Mental Health Center of the Ministry of Health to strengthen capacity of mental health and psychosocial social services in the education sector; provide effective prevention and response to violence against children via a Child Helpline and rehabilitation services during and after the COVID-19 period.

• All preparatory work for the real-time monitoring of social media and social was completed during the reporting period, including initial discussions with a research company to agree on the topics and subtopics for monitoring, identifying related keywords in all possible variations and potential influencers to be tracked.