The Inter Agency Standing Committee Reference Group for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings  IASC MHPSS RG is creating a book to share with children during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The purpose of the book is to help children talk about and cope with their fears and worries regarding COVID-19.

In this regard the  IASC MHPSS RG  was seeking the urgent support of regional and country offices and web platforms to reply to 2 short surveys through digital means with parents and caregivers through their networks.

The deadline to reply to the surveys was Monday 16th March 2020, Midnight.

The 2 surveys collected information about 1) how children are feeling about COVID-19 and 2) what activities they are doing to pass the time in isolation/quarantine.  These surveys will form the content of the book mentioned above.

The surveys were published in English, Italian, French, Arabic and Spanish.

Stay tuned to read the storybook. It will soon be published here.

Image caption/credit: A scanning electron microscope image – from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ (NIAID) Rocky Mountains Laboratories (RML) – in false colour, showing the COVID-19 virus from a patient in the US

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