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Doctors Without Borders' Activity Book Explains COVID-19 In Puzzles, Mazes, And More
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  • Throughout the pandemic, Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been working to protect the most vulnerable: the elderly, the homeless, the refugees, those living with other illnesses such as HIV and tuberculosis. But how is this pandemic affecting children?

    Amid travel restrictions and strict quarantine protocols, many children have stopped going to school and have been forced to remain home. Many children have not been able to play with friends or visit relatives in months. Playgrounds, pools, and parks have been closed.

    How can children be made to understand this pandemic and the measures that must be taken to remain safe from COVID-19?

    Activity book by Doctors Without Borders

    One of Doctors Without Borders’ answer is What Can You Do About COVID-19?, a children’s activity book with artwork by internationally published author and artist Elbert Or.

    The activity book helps explain the newly discovered coronavirus and how to protect from the disease with activities ranging from crossword puzzles and mazes.

     

    The illustrations are in black and white, so children can color in all the pages.
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    The activities in What Can You Do About COVID-19? are designed for children aged 5 to 9 years old.

     

    The activity book lets children learn about masks and how to wear them, the tools used by healthcare workers, and what they can do if they’re worried about the pandemic.
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    Parents are encouraged to go through the book and do the activities with their kids. To help adults talk about the pandemic with children, What Can You Do About COVID-19?has a short guide about how to talk about COVID-19.

    You can download the activity book here for free. The book has translations in Filipino, Bahasa Indonesia, and Malay.

    Paul McPhun, South East and East Asia-Pacific (SEEAP) head of project, says, “MSF knows very well that healthcare really starts at home, and helping families take care of each other is just as important as having access to clinics and hospitals.

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    “We hope that this activity book does just that. We want to help parents and their children help themselves to stay safe and healthy, as we all face the risks of COVID-19.

    “But we also want the learning process to be fun, so that it is passed on to help as many people in our communities as possible!”

    The activity book is just one of the ways MSF is supporting COVID-19 response in the region. In the Philippines, the team supports health workers who carry out contact tracing and COVID-19 prevention activities at the community level. In three different health facilities providing care for COVID-19 patients, the team helps build tents for triage, seeks to improve IPC and provides PPE for the health workers.

    Since July 2020, MSF teams have distributed quarantine kits like hygiene materials COVID-19 patients and their close contacts. MSF also provided support to the COVID-19 ward and the hospital laboratory at San Lazaro Hospital.

    In Marawi, the team monitors COVID-19 surveillance and contact tracing in Marawi City and supports health promotion in one quarantine facility.

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