▪ The Government will be re-opening schools, for 26 million children using a phased approach in the period from 19 October until 9 November 2020. UNICEF has mobilized US$ 7.5 million to be used to support school re-opening preparations. This will include the installation of WASH facilities, teacher training activities (for catch up classes and identification as well as preliminary support for children with psychosocial problems) and provision of school supplies. Over 6 million children and over 2,000 schools will benefit directly from UNICEF support. For handwashing facilities in particular 420,000 children are targeted to be reached in 700 schools.
▪ UNICEF procured and handed over 380 oxygen concentrators to the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) with financial support from United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). These oxygen concentrators will be used for the treatment of moderate to severe COVID-19 cases and will be crucial in the future for treating children with respiratory problems.
▪ With COVID-19 related funding, since March 2020, a total of 64,137 Severe Acute Malnourished (SAM) children, have been admitted for treatment and 245,385 primary caregivers of children aged 0-23 months and 24-59 months have received Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) counselling through facilities and community platforms.