Project Batibot: Partnering with moms to talk about COVID-19 vaccines for children

Breakthrough ACTION Philippines partnered with three online communities for moms to prompt discussion around COVID-19 vaccines. BA and partners in the Philippines created social media posts and an online talk show that  addresses myths, misconceptions and misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines. The talk show was hosted by a famous celebrity mom, together with medical experts and the three moms who lead the online communities. During the talk show, the medical experts talked about how vaccines work and why getting vaccinated is important especially for immunocompromised children. The participants of the show shared personal experiences when having their children vaccinated and the concerns of their fellow moms and discussed how to address those concerns.

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“KwentoSerye” – an online conversation with teens!

Breakthrough ACTION Philippines launches an online conversation program with teens called “KwentoSerye” (story series). This program aims to be a safe space for teens to talk about their health and well-being. The first two episodes that premiered on the I Choose #MalayaAkongMaging Facebook page focused on the teens’ experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. The conversations revolved around how teens felt during the lockdown and when the COVID-19 vaccines for them were finally available. The teens shared how the pandemic has affected their mental health as well. A mental health expert from InTouch Community Services was invited to share tips on how the teens can take care of their mental health. 

Check out our episodes on COVID-19 lockdown and vaccination!

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BIDA Kid in Muslim Communities

Breakthrough ACTION Philippines, in partnership with the Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE) and UNICEF, created an adaptation of the BIDA Kid print materials to better resonate with the Muslim communities in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). In this version, characters were added to represent community influencers and key decision-makers in the family. However, the message of encouraging the whole community to keep practicing key COVID-19 preventive behaviors remains the same.

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BIDA Kid Booklet and Leaflet

Breakthrough ACTION Philippines developed a booklet for young, school-aged children. This booklet serves as a guide for young students on their safe return to school. It provides basic information about COVID-19 and key preventive behaviors they can practice at home, in school, and in community areas. The booklet also includes fun and engaging activities to help reinforce the key messages.

The booklet is accompanied by a leaflet for parents. The leaflet provides parents with helpful information on the steps to get their children vaccinated such as vaccination requirements, tips on how to prepare for their child’s vaccination, and information on what to expect before, during, and after vaccination.

Source: BIDA Kid Booklet and Leaflet

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Spreading good vibes and vaccine confidence up to the last mile

Get Vaxxed for Good Vibes is a USAID-supported campaign to help the Department of Health in the Philippines advance COVID prevention and vaccine confidence for at-risk populations in rural and semi-urban communities. Two years into the global pandemic, promoting minimum public health standards together with vaccine uptake helps communities recover and bounce back.

Check out our Get Vaxxed for Good Vibes resources here

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    Using an FP social media platform for COVID-19 vaccine promotion in the Philippines: Supporting Department of Health’s National Vaccination Days #BayanihanBakunahan

    USAID Philippines’  ReachHealth team has several robust social media platforms that reach specific audience segments with family planning messages. USAID’s Breakthrough ACTION COVID Vaccine project worked with ReachHealth to jointly produce and post social media cards promoting the Department of Health’s National Vaccine Days (NVD) from November 29-December 01, 2021 and December 15-17, 2021. 

    The social media cards were posted on  platforms such as It’s Okay To Delay, which caters to young adults, and Konektado Tayo, for parents of teens, who are eligible to get vaccinated in the country. Teens got their own messages on the DOH’s platform for teens, I Choose.

    In a little over a week, these platforms reached more than 3 million people — a solid accomplishment given that the messages were focused on reaching rural and peri-urban areas with low vaccine coverage and not major urban cities like Metro Manila. The posts encouraged vaccination and also answered key questions about family planning and vaccination. 

    Working with the DOH in the Philippines, USAID’s Breakthrough ACTION and ReachHealth projects helped raise public awareness through this vaccine promotion initiative. More than 9.9 million people were vaccinated during the National Vaccination Days, helping the government  to fully vaccinate more than 50 million Filipinos by the start of 2022.

    Source: Using an FP social media platform for COVID-19 vaccine promotion in the Philippines: Supporting Department of Health’s National Vaccination Days #BayanihanBakunahan

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      COVID Behaviors Dashboard: Updated Data Show Omicron Trends

      Global Omicron cases have exploded since the COVID-19 variant was first reported to the World Health Organization on November 24. The most recent data from the COVID Behaviors Dashboard reflects that trend: the highest percentage of respondents in multiple countries are reporting positive test results since the dashboard went live in May of 2021.

      • Reported positivity rates have jumped at least 10 percentage points in South Africa, Mozambique, Puerto Rico, and many other countries in the past month.
      • In the November 16-30 data collection period for South Africa, 7% of tests were positive. In the most recent December period, that number rose to 37%, more than a four-fold increase.

      Other insights from the latest data collection period (Dec 16-31):

      • 20% of unvaccinated health workers in Japan are now reporting that they will definitely get vaccinated, up from only 3% in early December
      • 90% of South African respondents reported that they have worn a mask all or most of the time, but only 70% believe that all or most other people are wearing masks
      • Respondents in Nigeria have consistently reported a lack of vaccine appointments as the top barrier to vaccination (32% indicating)

      Source: COVID Behaviors Dashboard: Updated Data Show Omicron Trends

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        COVID Behaviors Dashboard

        The COVID Behaviors Dashboard visualizes data from the COVID-19 Trends and Impact Survey (CTIS), launched by Facebook with the Delphi Group at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Maryland Social Data Science Center. Insights and analyses on how to use the data were written by researchers and social and behavior change communication experts at CCP in collaboration with WHO’s Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network. This site is intended to be used by policy makers, health officials and practitioners at national and subnational levels to better understand the behavioral drivers behind vaccine uptake, masking and physical distancing among other behaviors that affect the spread of COVID-19.

        Data from this ongoing survey is collected daily and the dashboard is updated every two weeks.

        Source: COVID Behaviors Dashboard

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