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Students speak on Cyber-Safety

Equal Playing Field CEO Jacquelyn Joseph said it was amazing the feedback students gave during the competition, and with their insights on cyber-safety and bullying, it was found to be very wise and informative in their young age

Young Pauline Tamasale a student from Ward Strip said she was inspired by her teacher Mr Obe Mandi who taught her and her fellow school mates on how cyber bullying affects the young generation that are either online with or without parents consent or knowledge.

Students Launch Cyber-Safety Video

The videos launch was to inform the organisation’s partners and stakeholders on the use of these videos and for public access on their social media platforms.

Ms. Joseph said the event was about three videos that they launched on Cyber-safety.

“What’s amazing about them is that we’ve had kids especially between the ages of 12 and 16 who have taken part in creating these videos. Why this connects to the work EPF does is that we are really concerned about the protection of children, not just physically but online as well,” said Ms. Joseph.

UNICEF Introduces U-REPORT

The U-REPORT was presented at a recent Regional Youth Conference, through the U-Report, UNICEF is looking to grasp the expansion of mobile phones in PNG to empower young people to speak out on issues that matter to them and encourage citizen-led development and create positive change.

The world has been taken over by a digital technology where mobile phones are rapidly expanding and in a country like PNG this provides a greater opportunity for people to connect with each other, and for young people in particular to be more engaged in the decisions and processes that affect them.

UNICEF supports roll out vaccines against infectious diseases and cervical cancer for Pacific children

 

The deployment of the three vaccines is part of the US$29.7 million System Strengthening for Effective Coverage of New Vaccines in the Pacific Project, which is supporting the introduction of these vaccines in Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

Financed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the vaccine project was originally established to support the procurement of rotavirus, pneumococcal conjugate, and human papilloma virus vaccines through the United Nations Children's Fund.

UNICEF welcomes Japan’s contribution

The US$5.0 million is to help strengthen the capacity of vaccine cold chain logistics in support of the country’s COVID-19 response efforts.

Provincial health authorities and health facilities in 17 provinces in the country will benefit from this contribution that will help support vital cold chain logistics required to safely store and provide COVID-19 vaccines and also support the routine immunization program.

This will help prevent the stock out of essential vaccines for children in the country.

Specifically, the funding will contribute to:

Japan donates cold chain

The cold chain equipment were delivered to the Department of Health yesterday at the Health Facility Standard Branch in NCD.

‘”The cold chain equipment come under an agreement signed in March between the Japanese Government and UNICEF to extend an Emergency Grant Aid of approximately 3 million US dollars or equivalent 324 million Japanese Yen,” said Shinichi Maruo – Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy of Japan.

UNICEF, Japan Aids Pacific Nations

The partnership covers support to the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

Ambassador of Japan in Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru and Tuvalu, Kawakami Fumihiro said: “The Government of Japan is aware of how hard Pacific Island governments are working to protect the population from COVID-19.

Primero launch to help address GBV

Child protection officers and volunteers and other informal service providers offering case management services will use Primero as a tool to manage cases of violence, abuse, neglect of women and children. With the system they will be able to collect, store, analyse and share protection-related data that can be used for planning, budgeting and advocacy.

PMVs help spread awareness

The work on the stickers commenced early this month, with the campaign to end in a few days’ time.  This was initiated under the European Union and the WASH project by UNICEF.

So far, 28 PMV buses from various routes in the city have been promoting handwashing and safe hygiene messages in the city. They have played a key role in disseminating these messages to over 300,000 people within NCD.

There are also plans to continue this campaign in partnership with the National Capital District Commission.  

Additional K8m for COVID-19 response

Made available through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), this brings the total U.S. government assistance to nearly K12 million ($3.5 million). 

USAID awarded K6 million (USD $1.75 million) to FHI360 to support clinics in the National Capital District, building capacity on infection prevention and control, supporting facilities, expanding testing capacity, establishing response teams, upgrading WASH facilities and facilitating contact tracing.