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Responsive Caregiving A Toolkit for Partners

PMNCH self-care during COVID-19 video series

Emerging evidence has shown how critical and effective self-care can be. When women, children and adolescents are empowered to adopt healthy self-care practices, they can play a critical role in protecting their own health. To promote self-care practices around key sexual, reproductive, maternal, new born, child and adolescent health issues during the COVID-19 pandemic, PMNCH has partnered with WHO and other UN partner agencies to develop a series of short animated videos to promote healthy behaviours during the pandemic. These videos help translate the latest WHO guidance on self-care practices for women, children, adolescents and their families in relation to key issues arising in the context of COVID-19.

Responsive Caregiving Video

The way parents, other family members and caregivers nurture and support children in the first 1,000 days is one of the most important factors for healthy child development. In recognition that the pandemic is offering additional challenges to families, this video presents some easy ways in which to safely care for young children and support everyone in staying healthy. The video was produced by PMNCH with technical guidance from WHO and in collaboration with Medical Aid Films and Studio Eeksuarus. It is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish.

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Millions of children have lived under required or recommended nationwide stay-at-home policies for at least 9 months since the start of #COVID19 putting their mental health & well-being at risk. But there are things caregivers can do to help children stay safe, calm & connected 👉Watch 🎥 from @PMNCH @UNICEF @WHO

Despite #COVID19 disruptions, it is important to help children feel safe, keep healthy routines, and get the comfort and love they need in these uncertain times. Take 2 minutes Watch 🎥 Learn how bit.ly/3ta4x5v @PMNCH @WHO and @UNICEF

Sing 🎤 Dance 💃 Sleep well 💤 Eat healthy 🍐 🍌Read a book 📚 Set a routine ⏰ Take a deep breath 💆👀 Watch this video for more ideas for how to take better care of yourself and your child during #COVID19 pandemic bit.ly/3ta4x5v

Are you a caregiver? How can you ensure you are emotionally connected, attentive and responsive to a child’s need during #COVID19 pandemic? @PMNCH @WHO @UNICEF have put together some tips to guide you. #NurturingCare bit.ly/3ta4x5v

Caregivers need care too! @PMNCH @WHO @UNICEF have put together a few tips that caregivers and families can use to keep children engaged and happy while taking time to relieve their own stress from #COVID19 induced challenges 🎥 here bit.ly/3ta4x5v #NurturingCare

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According to UNICEF millions of children have lived under required or recommended nationwide stay-at-home policies for at least 9 months since the start of #COVID19 putting their mental health & well-being at risk. New video has some tips for caregivers to help keep children safe, calm and connected during the pandemic. Watch 🎥bit.ly/3ta4x5v

Working from home, school closures, isolation and financial insecurity has made it harder to provide the love and care that children need! But it’s important to help children feel safe, keep healthy routines, manage their emotions and build resilience. Take 2 minutes! Watch this video and learn how. bit.ly/3ta4x5v

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A child’s development, health, survival and ability to thrive depends on the attentive care & protection of the caregivers. If you are struggling to provide the emotional connection and response to your child’s needs, here are a few tips from @PMNCH, @WHO @UNICEF bit.ly/3ta4x5v #NurturingCare

Parents and caregivers are critical to creating enabling environments which can protect the safety and security of children. Therefore, caregivers need care too! With #COVID19 challenges causing increased stress & anxiety and immense risk to health and well-being @PMNCH @WHO @UNICEF have put together a few tips that caregivers and families can use to keep children engaged and happy while taking time to relieve their own stress bit.ly/3ta4x5v

#COVID19 has disrupted our daily lives, upending familiar routines. But it’s important that children continue to learn, grow, develop and are protected from long term direct or indirect consequences of the pandemic. A few simple activities can make a difference. Watch this video bit.ly/3ta4x5v #NurturingCare

Learning about children's lives and connecting with them through play is important to their growth and development. With restrictions due to #COVID19, being safe, while social is more important than ever before. We have compiled some ideas to help you play, explore and connect with your child ⛹ 🎸 bit.ly/3ta4x5v 

Prompt, consistent, contingent and appropriate responsive caregiving, strengthens the parent-child relationship and in the times of #COVID19 when restrictions can change family routines and create stress, children are in even more need of responsive care. Learn how 🎥 bit.ly/3ta4x5v #NurturingCare

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Tips for using this video in your work

How can partners use media and communications? Media and communications can be powerful tools for influencing people’s health. When media is used with other forms of communication and engagement it can help to build knowledge, develop skills and encourage health behaviours.

Here are some suggestions for how you could think about using the PMNCH Self-care animated videos in your work. We hope you find them useful.

Using animated videos in your work

It is always good to “share” and “like” clips and short videos on social media, but we think that these videos could be valuable resources for use in your work in a range of different ways, perhaps to spark group discussions around self-care, or to build and deepen interaction in training sessions, develop engagement in outreach work, discussion or even film screenings. There are many ways to use film and animation to engage and interest audiences and to build learning.

Community health education outreach work

Each video contains information and practical suggestions based on four different themes around self-care during COVID-19, these are: Breastfeeding, Adolescent Mental Health, Responsive Caregiving and Violence Against Women. If your work involves you running group sessions for community education and outreach, or if you are planning group discussions with community members around these themes, then you could show a video and use it to begin or generate a discussion or to reinforce learning around the theme perhaps the following questions could provide useful starters to build discussions around.

• What are the main themes raised in the video?

• How many of the practical suggestions given in the video can you remember?

• Can you name the health behaviours mentioned in this video?

• What do you most remember from watching the video?

• What issues do you think the video raises?

• Does it convey the information effectively?

• What do you feel you learnt from watching the video?

• Would you do anything differently as a result of watching the video?

• Are you aware of other resources available you can tap into if you need further help and support and where would you get these?

Health worker training

You may already be running existing training programmes for health workers which cover the areas and topics covered in the videos – this could include e-learning programmes or blended learning – i.e. learning which is a mix of online and face to face learning. Participants may be learning together or at home by themselves online. There are many ways to include video resources in existing training programmes for health workers. Here are some suggestions:

• You could start by reviewing your training programmes to see if video could be used to update or refresh knowledge in any of the key areas. You could then add the videos into existing e-learning training courses and use them as tools to engage learners. We know that interactive elements in online training and e-learning are very successful ways to engage learners as they help to build interest and enjoyment.

• You could ask your learners to update their knowledge by reviewing the videos at home as additional resources alongside the e-learning. They may be able to watch the videos on their phones or laptops.

• You could show the videos in a classroom setting with a group of participants and generate discussion using the questions included above. This could be an added component to your training sessions.

• You could decide to run your own mini film screening and generate a discussion around the use of media during health pandemics. There are many film and video resources available, but it’s important to ensure that your learners are viewing material which comes from reputable sources and is factually correct.

Using the tools - scripts/visuals/audio

If you want to do more with the visual and audio assets which have been created as part of the films here are some suggestions:

• You could run a small workshop and ask participants to read over the scripts and create their own visual story boards relevant to their own circumstances and surroundings

• You could review the visuals and adapt the pictures for your own context

• You could just play the audio – i.e. the voice and ask your learners to create their own story board or set of pictures.

What you can’t do with the films

We are keen to hear your feedback on the videos. They are available in all UN languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, English, Russian, and Spanish but if you are planning on translating into additional languages, please do let us know. Remember that these videos should not be modified (i.e. you cannot modify the images, the script, or the background music) and all partners should be acknowledged. For more information on permissions and licensing of WHO-sponsored products, please visit their website. Despite this, we are always keen to hear your suggestions on what other videos you would like in the future.

Further responsive care resources

Tell us what you think

It’s really important that we understand what our partners need and want. Please do take a moment to fill out the survey – it will only take a few minutes, but it will help us shape future content that is based on your needs. We are keen to gather case-studies based on how partners are using the films, if you would like to provide a case study you can do this through the survey link or email us at pmnch@who.int ¦ Take the Survey