Entries by Circle Blue

UNICEF Distributes Hygiene, Recreational Kits to Lao Children

In an effort to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, UNICEF and government partners distributed hygiene and recreational kits to more than 1,000 children in residential care institutions and shelters in Laos last week. The kits included soap, bleach, detergent as well as painting tools. In many rural and poorer communities in Laos, residents do not have […]

Study Highlights Compound Effect of Hurricanes and Covid-19

Hurricane evacuations could increase the health risks of the Covid-19 pandemic in the United States, according to a Columbia University study. The study found that storms rated as a Category 3 or higher could increase Covid-19 infections by thousands of cases if evacuations are not well managed. Researchers from the Department of Environmental Health Sciences […]

Pacific Region Prepares for Covid-19 with Water, Nutrition, Sustainability Projects

The Pacific Community and European Union began three new projects today aimed to tackle the impacts of Covid-19 and assist long-term recovery in the Pacific region. The projects will provide immediate support for food and nutrition security across 12 Pacific countries, improve sustainable energy security for the Federated States of Micronesia, and increase access to […]

At Greek Refugee Camp, Women’s Hygiene Products are Scarce

Menstrual hygiene and sanitizing products are scarce at the large Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, according to the Women’s Media Center. Since the start of the pandemic, the two main women’s hygiene providers at the camp have had to switch focus to other Covid-19 essential services. Distribution of sanitary pads has […]

Kenyan Youth-led Groups Take Lead on Covid-19 Prevention

Youth-led organizations in Kenya are working to stop the spread of Covid-19 in informal settlements by building handwashing stations, according to UN-Habitat. With support from UN-Habitat and other government, non-profit, and private partners, there have been an estimated 1.5 million hands washed since the work began 5 months ago. The “One Stop Centers” started with […]

WHO, UNICEF Report Highlights Need for WASH as Schools Reopen

The World Health Organization released a report this week emphasizing the need for hygiene, sanitation, and handwashing facilities in schools around the world. As children head back to the classroom this fall, access to these WASH services is an important step for children’s safety. The report, published in collaboration with UNICEF, highlighted that 43 percent […]