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Innovations in COVID Series – Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV)

Isolation is crucial to contain the virus, and we have seen that countries where citizens have practiced this has made an impact on transmission of COVID-19. We are also aware that isolation can also expose people to other risks. Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) is one such risk.

Jennifer Gilbertson
Norwegian Red Cross

Innovations in COVID Series – Local Detection & Tracking of COVID

Do we really know the true scope and spread of COVID-19? Even the highest resourced settings are struggling to track the virus as it spreads and understand the implications on different communities. In the complex settings where the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement works, this challenge is further compounded by ongoing migration, rural communities disconnected from national reporting, and vulnerable groups who do not have access to testing and care.

Jennifer Gilbertson
Norwegian Red Cross

Innovations in COVID Series – Good news on psychosocial care

First pandemic? Pandemics are stressful. The good news is actors within the RCRC Movement are bringing together their expertise and experimenting with new ways to deliver and provide psychosocial care. 

Jennifer Gilbertson
Norwegian Red Cross

The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic has disconnected people physically, socially and emotionally

The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic has disconnected people physically, socially, and emotionally. Together with the social movements in the past half-year, Hong Kong is encountering a double whammy. The accumulated emotions make it a very tough time. Without face-to-face interactions, psychological support services have become much more challenging. I have to admit it takes… Read more “The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic has disconnected people physically, socially and emotionally”

Carbo Leung Ho Chuen
Hong Kong Red Cross

Innovations in COVID Series – Everything You’ve Wanted to Know About Hackathons

Innovation and new ideas originate from many sources, and especially during times of crisis. Communities around the world are asking how they can lend a digital hand. This is wonderful. National Societies are engaged in hackathons for the COVID-19 response. Over the coming days and weeks there will be more hackathons, so we are sharing some Movement examples and some lessons.

Heather Leson
Policy, Strategy and Knowledge – IFRC

Innovations in COVID Series – Personal Protective Equipment

From volunteers working in their communities to clinicians caring for patients, one of the first global needs that arose during the COVID-19 pandemic was a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE).

This need is not new, and as the RCRC we have seen our staff diligently working at all different levels to address supply shortages in our programming.

We would like to highlight four different challenges linked to the global PPE shortage, and different opportunities and innovations popping up to address these needs.

Jennifer Gilbertson
Norwegian Red Cross

Helping people realeased from prison in Oslo

I am a volunteer in Network after imprisonment, a part of the Oslo Red Cross. I am, at the moment, temporarily laid off from my job because of COVID-19. In these times I would be happy to do extra volunteer-work. I have been helping to pack hundreds of food-paces to our members, which other volunteers… Read more “Helping people realeased from prison in Oslo”

Roger H
Norwegian Red Cross

Supporting the Frontliners

In order to control the spread of COVID-19, the whole island of Luzon was placed under Enhanced Community Quarantine. This was done by putting checkpoints in key strategic locations. Some of the checkpoints are unprepared, undermanned and lacking logistical support. Philippine Red Cross – Cavite Chapter supports the front-liners of major checkpoints by providing Food… Read more “Supporting the Frontliners”

Dennis Sabino Mancilla
Philippine Red Cross Society

Virtualizando la crisis

Cuando eres joven y te enfrentas a una situación como la que estamos viviendo actualemente, te preguntas “¿Qué puedo hacer? ¿Cómo puedo aportar? Soy Tatiana Campoverde, voluntaria de Cruz Roja Ecuatoriana hace 8 años. Desde entonces, el trabajo que he realizado ha sido principalmente con jóvenes, siempre compartiendo mediante actividades en las quenos reuníamos físicamente… Read more “Virtualizando la crisis”

Carla Tatiana Campoverde Astudillo
Ecuadorian Red Cross Society

Red Talks

Tommaso Della Longa
Italian Red Cross Society

Unas palabras bondadosas nunca pasarán de moda

Soy voluntaria desde hace 8 años en el área psicosocial y actualmente formo parte del Programa de Juventud. Me siento orgullosa, energizada y motivada de ver a mi equipo de trabajo (jóvenes entre los 15 y 25 años distribuidos a nivel nacional) buscando formas innovadoras de brindar palabras bondadosos a sus pares (otros jóvenes que… Read more “Unas palabras bondadosas nunca pasarán de moda”

Milena Chacón
Costa Rica Red Cross Society

I learned that a lot of people can be stubborn and that we have to disseminate awareness messages continuously

Our branch initially called on us [volunteers] and we received training on how the virus spreads, how to avoid being infected, how to train others and how to disseminate messages through all media from home. They later called on us to train others including in markets and other highly frequented areas. They reassured us, as… Read more “I learned that a lot of people can be stubborn and that we have to disseminate awareness messages continuously”

Bolivian Red Cross Society

Innovators usually inspire volunteers in

Innovators usually inspire volunteers in the movement to innovate and be creative

Sharfaldin Ali Ahmed Yagob
Sudanese Red Crescent Society

We have a weekly event called “Quarantine Craziness” that allows volunteers to talk about anxiety

Carlos doesn’t directly support the work of the Peruvian Red Cross but participates in other citizen groups that focus on health and public management. He provides specific ideas on how artificial intelligence and collaboration technologies can help work in these areas.

Carlos
Peruvian Red Cross

As a Movement, we need to take part in this dynamic and adapt to the situation to stay connected

We’ve seen how people show a lot of creativity in using digital means to share courses, exercises, music, and games in spite of the social distance. As a Movement, we need to take part in this dynamic and adapt to the situation to stay connected.

Various volunteers
Various National Society

Our Fundamental Principles are important to understand what being a volunteer means

Our Fundamental Principles are important to understand what being a volunteer means in such a situation in which we face adversity. We, contributors to the social and health service, are always willingly on the front-line. It’s a time of crisis in various forms and we need to work each day in order to overcome it.… Read more “Our Fundamental Principles are important to understand what being a volunteer means”

Various people
Various National Society

People want to know that you care

Community Engagement Going a step beyond offering psycho-social support, how can communities also be gainfully engaged that enables a wider range of services and a cross collaboration of likeminded to stay active and contribute meaningfully during this crisis? How can the crises help in rethinking engagement of volunteers? Austria is scaling up activities and increasing… Read more “People want to know that you care”

Heal the psychological wounds

Psycho Social Support Right now, it’s easy to feel isolated, lonely, scared, and frustrated. You’re likely asking, “When’s all this Coronavirus stuff going to end?” “When can I get back to the way things were just last month?” Right now, it feels like life is uncertain, but one thing is undeniable (whether we acknowledge it… Read more “Heal the psychological wounds”

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This special “SOKONI” webspace will serve as the primary public website and marketplace where the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement can access and interact on all matters related to COVID-19. SOKONI is a Swahili word for ‘marketplace’. In most cultures, the marketplace is a space to connect, to share, to exert curiosity and look for novelty, to get to meet others, communicate, test ideas, and listen to the cacophony of sellers, buyers and passers-by. SOKONI is such place to share ideas, in order to improve our response to COVID-19.

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