UNICEF implemented a youth-led virtual campaign to raise awareness of COVID-19 prevention behaviours, support mental health, and support adolescents and youth, especially girls and young women, from violence and abuse during social isolation, particularly supporting help-seeking behaviours. Over 4.2 million people including 1.6 million adolescents and youth were reached with the campaign.
The COVID-19 situation worsened significantly between July-September with widespread community transmission in Rakhine State and Yangon Region; both locations are now under “stay at home” orders.
The new school year had a delayed opening in July starting with high schools. However, schools were closed after one month following the uptick of COVID-19 cases. Temporary learning classrooms in IDP camps and crisis-affected villages in government-controlled areas, remain closed. UNICEF is working with Education partners on improving homebased learning opportunities.
Funding Overview and Partnerships
UNICEF appeals for US$46.04 million to sustain provision of critical and life-saving services for children and their caregivers in Myanmar plus an additional $31.1 million for COVID-19 response activities. UNICEF received funds from USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance, UK National Committee, Global Partnership for Education, Government of Germany in quarter three for COVID-19 response activities. Details of UNICEF’s budget requirements can be found in Annex B below and include significant needs for all of UNICEF/Myanmar’s ongoing emergency programmes. Without the required funding, UNICEF will be unable to meet our targets for helping conflict-affected children in five areas of Myanmar and ensure essential services can continue during the COVID-19 pandemic.