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UNICEF HK ‘for every child, hygiene’

UNICEF HK launched an emergency action entitled 「童你抗疫」衞生行動 ‘for every child, hygiene’, providing toilet disinfection service, delivering hygiene bags, and disseminating educational resources on personal and household hygiene to 10,000 grassroots families living in subdivided flats. This action aims to strengthen their awareness on hygienic home environment, in particular toilet sanitation, to prevent and control diseases and safeguard the health of disadvantaged children and their families.​

Situation of the Low-Income Families


Children are prompted to stay idle at home due to class suspension in recent months. In view of recent reports suggesting that poor toilet sanitation may spread germs, the living environment of subdivided units and longer exposure to unventilated indoor air pose a heightened risk of infection and threat to personal health and safety of these children and families. UNICEF HK launches ‘for every child, hygiene’, aiming to enhance needy families’ capacity to protect themselves and children.


Relieving the Urgency for Masks


The COVID-19 epidemic has created an acute demand of surgical masks, and the availability of child face masks is limited. If classes resume in mid-April as planned, the demand of child face masks will see a continuous and substantial increase. UNICEF HK received adults and children face masks from major donors and sponsors, to address their urgent needs.

Disinfecting Toilets for Better Living


‘for every child, hygiene’ targets children and pregnant women of low-income families that live in subdivided flats and arranges professional sanitation workers to disinfect their toilets by spraying self-sanitizing disinfectant coating, providing a clean toilet space to children and families. UNICEF HK’s hygiene bags include masks for adults and children, as well as personal and household hygiene products to support grassroots children and families to maintain their personal hygiene.


Educating the Hygienic Practices


In order to raise awareness on infection prevention, UNICEF HK disseminated educational resources on proper hygienic practices, aiming to improve children and families’ hygiene practice continuously.


‘Working in Solidarity, ‘for every child, hygiene’


UNICEF HK is grateful for the trust that the sponsors and different sectors have placed in us, as well as their swift action in supporting our emergency response. We are delighted to see that different sectors are working in solidarity to scale up infection prevention efforts. We also have to give thanks to over 30 NGOs, who have provided robust support at the local level. They help not only reaching out to beneficiary families but also coordinating efforts. We call upon more NGOs to work with us. For more details, please click here or contact us. (Email: [email protected]; Hotline: 2892 2268)

Please stay tuned to ‘for every child, hygiene’


Thanks to the efforts and support from the community, UNICEF HK is able to launch ‘for every child, hygiene’ within a short period of time. This action not only benefits the most in need in our society but also echoes UNICEF’s global action to create a safety net for every child.


Challenges of Coronavirus

Tens of thousands of people are affected by the outbreak of a new coronavirus respiratory disease. As of 4 June, over 6.4 million laboratory-confirmed cases and 382,000 deaths have been reported, including adults as well as children. The size and evolution of the outbreak and current knowledge on its ability to be transmitted through communities, signals that the epidemic could still evolve into a pandemic. The outbreak has also caused a wave of misinformation on the virus, complicating efforts to manage prevention efforts. UNICEF is therefore engaging in global efforts to address the outbreak, focusing on countries that have weak public health infrastructure or social support systems. UNICEF is also urging and supporting governments and partners to prioritize and monitor the situation of children and pregnant women.

Does COVID-19 affect children?

This is a new virus and we do not know enough yet about how it affects children or pregnant women. We know it is possible for people of any age to be infected with the virus, but so far there have been relatively few cases of COVID-19 reported among children. The virus is fatal in rare cases, so far mainly among older people with pre-existing medical conditions.

What should I do if my child has symptoms of COVID-19?

Seek medical attention, but remember that it’s flu season in the Northern Hemisphere, and symptoms of COVID-19 such as cough or fever can be similar to those of the flu, or the common cold – which are a lot more frequent.

Continue to follow good hand and respiratory hygiene practices like regular handwashing, and keep your child up to date with vaccinations – so that your child is protected against other viruses and bacteria causing diseases.

As with other respiratory infections like the flu, seek care early if you or your child are having symptoms, and try to avoid going to public places (workplace, schools, public transport), to prevent spread to others.

What precautions should I take for my family if we travel?

Anyone planning a trip overseas should always check the travel advisory for their destination country for any restrictions on entry, quarantine requirements on entry, or other relevant travel advice.

In addition to taking standard travel precautions, and in order to avoid being quarantined or denied re-entry into your home country, you are also advised to check the latest COVID-19 update on the International Air Transport Association website, which includes a list of countries and restriction measures.

While traveling, all parents should follow standard hygiene measures for themselves and their children: Wash hands frequently or use an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60 per cent alcohol, practice good respiratory hygiene (cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze and immediately dispose of the used tissue) and avoid close contact with anyone who is coughing or sneezing. In addition, it is recommended that parents always carry a hand sanitizer, pack of disposable tissues, and disinfecting wipes.

Additional recommendations include: Clean your seat, armrest, touchscreen, etc. with a disinfecting wipe once inside an aircraft or other vehicle. Also use a disinfecting wipe to clean key surfaces, doorknobs, remote controls, etc at the hotel or other accommodation where you and your children are staying.

Can pregnant women pass coronavirus to unborn children?

At this time, there is not enough evidence to determine whether the virus is transmitted from a mother to her baby during pregnancy, or the potential impact this may have on the baby. This is currently being investigated. Pregnant women should continue to follow appropriate precautions to protect themselves from exposure to the virus, and seek medical care early, if experiencing symptoms, such as fever, cough or difficulty breathing.

UNICEF’s Humanitarian Strategy

UNICEF is working closely with local governments and other United Nations country and humanitarian team partners, to provide technical guidance and support.
“This is a race against time,” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. “The immediate focus is to reduce human to human transmission but also to help children in areas where their access to essential services has been disrupted.”
Here is how we’re responding with activities that:

  • provide critical hygiene and medical supplies for health care and education structures: We have flown in 30 tonnes of supplies including protective suits, masks, goggles and gloves for use by health workers. Across East Asia and the Pacific region, we are providing personal protection for health workers; hygiene materials for thousands of schools and public health facilities and other public places;
  • ensure that children and pregnant and lactating women who are impacted by the outbreak are supported with adequate health care;
  • assess and facilitate prevention campaigns: Given the unpredictable nature of the virus and the continued spread, UNICEF is working closely with Government authorities to educate communities, implement prevention campaigns and tackle misinformation.

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* The aforementioned event is organized by the Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (“UNCEF HK”). The outsourced contractor (“the contractor”) is responsible to spray a self-sanitizing-coating in qualified homes (“households”).UNICEF HK and its staff, the contractor, the partnering organizations and volunteers shall not be are not responsible for any damage / discomfort caused by failure to follow instructions. UNICEF HK and the contactor cannot guarantee that all viruses and bacteria will be isolated or eliminated after the disinfection service. Householders are required to continue their daily household cleaning and disinfection to protect household hygiene and personal health.

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