Online forum for parents to help kids cope with pandemic


Doctors Without Borders or Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is hosting an open forum on Zoom today from 2.30pm with experts on how parents can help children cope with the pandemic in an effort to push the message to the world.

Leading child activist Datuk Dr Hartini Zainudin will be one of the lead speakers at the forum.

She is the co-founder of Yayasan Chow Kit, Voice of the Children vice-president and presently in a number of national task forces on child matters.

Sarah Ann Chou, MSF’s Mental Health Supervisor in Malaysia, will also be present during the forum to bring her perspectives on the issue.

The public can register at http://bit.ly/MSFCovid19andChildren to join the forum.

MSF has also launched its online activity book for children on how to understand the Covid-19 pandemic.

First of its kind, the online book called “What can you do about Covid-19?” targets children aged four to 10 and teaches them about the virus in a fun and interactive way.

Doctors Without Borders South East and East Asia-Pacific (SEEAP) Head of Project Paul McPhun said the basics of healthcare begin at home, where a family takes care of each other.

“It is just as important as having access to clinics and hospitals.

“With this activity book, we hope that parents and children are better equipped with the right knowledge to face the risks of Covid-19.

“We have also made the book fun to learn and so it is easier to pass on the knowledge to as many people in our communities as possible, ” he said.

MSF is an international medical humanitarian organisation with presence in over 70 countries.

Since January 2020, the organisation has committed substantial resources to dedicated Covid-19 projects, while addressing healthcare needs and aiding health ministries in many countries in dealing with the pandemic.

This includes large-scale health promotions and awareness-raising activities.

MSF also supported the provision of personal protective equipment and hygiene kits to the more vulnerable populations.

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