COVID19 | The Children for Health Response

We are republishing this post as there have been many additions to the list since we first posted it on March 26th 2020

In all cases, Children for Health develops its health messages for children to learn and share with top experts using the latest science. The experts are busy doing what they can to understand and fight this virus!

So we are looking for good resources. Here are the ones that we particularly like:

  1. When I had to Stay at Home – a downloadable storybook written and illustrated by our in-house author and illustrator – David and Liz Gifford!
  2. My Hero is YOU – A lovely downloadable storybook for children developed with experts and reviewers all over the world! Click the link to the storybook which is available in many languages.
  3. Aisha and Moses  Strong Against Coronavirus. A storybook from the Dutch Tanzania Foundation avialable in English, Kiswahili and Dutch. The English and Kiswahili have Audio versions.
  4. Coronavirus, A Book For Children Lovely new book on COVID from children from Axel Scheffler – of Gruffalo fame…
  5. Corona virus picture books for children. This is a link to a New York Time article which lists several picture books on COVID-19 for children including a link to the one above.
  6. Text and sound resources from The Children’s Radio Foundation. On their website you can hear how young reporters in South Africa cope with lockdown.  This link goes to resources on child and youth mental health during Covid-19.
  7. The Six COVID-19 Response stamps in 9 languages.
  8. UN COVID-19 Response Creative content Hub. There is LOTS of wonderful visual resources in many languages offered for free by artists around the world. All tied to the ‘6 Responses’ (see above)
  9. We like the Germ Defence information website. The content is in several languages.
  10. General messages and posters for the public from WHO 
  11. Information on Covid from Hesperian 
  12. This advice from WHO on helping children to cope with the stress of COVID19
  13. These WHO resources on healthy parenting – for parents of children in different age groups
  14. Relaxation exercises for children from Save the Children
  15. A book to explain Covid19 to young children (under 7). We would suggest that older children can sit with younger ones in their household to read it and explain it to the younger ones. It will be more fun. It’s available in 22 languages so far!

If you are worried or unclear, the WHO or your government websites are the best places to turn to. There is a LOT of misinformation circulating on social media, so aways check the facts with your trusted source and don’t discuss things you receive on social media with your children, without checking them first!

There are a lot of resources that you can find on this MEDBOX hub. Just to let you know that we have NOT gone through all these resources so finding useful stuff here is a suggestion not an endorsement.

Best wishes from the Children for Health team.