UNICEF – Chance For Rosi http://chance-for-rosi.org/ Thu, 02 Dec 2021 04:06:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 http://chance-for-rosi.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/chance-for-rosi-icon-150x150.png UNICEF – Chance For Rosi http://chance-for-rosi.org/ 32 32 How investments in HIV save children in Nigeria, by UNICEF | The Guardian Nigeria News http://chance-for-rosi.org/how-investments-in-hiv-save-children-in-nigeria-by-unicef-the-guardian-nigeria-news/ Thu, 02 Dec 2021 04:06:00 +0000 http://chance-for-rosi.org/how-investments-in-hiv-save-children-in-nigeria-by-unicef-the-guardian-nigeria-news/

Minister congratulates Ishaku and Danjuma for their commitment to healthcare in Taraba
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has underscored the need to increase investments and livelihoods in the fight against HIV to ensure that children are born free and secure from childhood through adolescence and beyond. of the.

UNICEF Country Representative Peter Hawkins, who said this yesterday during World AIDS Day commemoration in Maiduguri, Borno State, revealed that more than 130,000 children were alive. currently with HIV in Nigeria.

He lamented that another 120,000 children died of AIDS-related problems during the same period, or one child every five minutes.

“This is a shared responsibility and as such the response to HIV needs to be increasingly integrated into all ongoing sector plans to save children’s lives. In addition, the response to COVID-19 offers Nigeria an opportunity to make great strides with strategic, system-wide investments to benefit children and adolescents.

“This must include meaningful engagement with affected communities and the most vulnerable in camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) and host communities,” he noted.

He pointed out that the latest global snapshot of HIV and AIDS also warned that a protracted COVID-19 pandemic was exacerbating the inequalities that had long fueled the HIV epidemic.

Hawkins lamented that the HIV epidemic has placed vulnerable children, youth, pregnant women and nursing mothers at increased risk of missing vital HIV prevention and treatment services.

UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore said growing poverty, mental health issues and abuse increased the risk of infection among children and women, adding that more children were infected with HIV. by losing their fight against AIDS.

She said two in five children living with HIV globally do not know their status, while more than 50 percent of children living with HIV were on antiretroviral therapy (ART).

Meanwhile, Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire welcomed the decision of the Taraba State Government to complement the TY Danjuma Foundation to improve the survival rate of infants and mothers by providing health care that make childbirth safer in the state.

Ehanire, who praised the Takum State Council yesterday when the Kuru Danjuma Children’s Hospital was commissioned, said the Federal Health Ministry has decided to partner with the government government and the foundation to provide quality health care services.

In response, Danjuma, who previously established a maternity hospital in the council, urged all in good spirits to help improve access to quality and affordable health care for mothers and children across the country.

Earlier, Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku, who also reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to improving the health sector, urged people to take advantage of the hospital to address the health challenges facing mothers and children in the state.

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University takes first steps to gain recognition from UNICEF for midwifery training http://chance-for-rosi.org/university-takes-first-steps-to-gain-recognition-from-unicef-for-midwifery-training/ Tue, 30 Nov 2021 07:54:39 +0000 http://chance-for-rosi.org/university-takes-first-steps-to-gain-recognition-from-unicef-for-midwifery-training/

The University of Cumbria is committed to taking the first steps to gain recognition from the UK Committee of the UNICEF Baby-Friendly Initiative for its high-level training of student midwives.

The Baby-Friendly University award recognizes high levels of training in breastfeeding and baby-parent relationships to female midwifery students and those taking other related courses in allied health.

Midwifery professors from the University’s Institute of Health received a Certificate of Commitment, a mark of dedication to implementing recognized best practices in breastfeeding education and working for a full accreditation.

With a view to an assessment in 2022, students already enrolled in the university’s BSc (Hons) and MSc Pre-Registration Midwife courses are being taught in accordance with BFI standards thanks to teachers who have integrated them into validated programs.

The nationally recognized quality mark demonstrates the importance of positive baby-parent relationships and interactions. It sets standards for educating healthcare professionals to help parents build close, loving relationships with their babies through breastfeeding and informed infant feeding choices.

Speaker Kerry Cooper, responsible for implementing the BFI at the university, said: “The University of Cumbria is committed to providing our midwifery students with the best available, evidence-based education available to them. will support women and families in infant feeding and bonding. with their babies, in accordance with BFI standards.

“This will allow our newly graduated graduate midwives to enter the workplace with full knowledge of BFI standards, providing them with a solid foundation for caring for families. “

The Baby-Friendly Initiative is a global program that aims to transform health care for babies, their mothers and their families as part of a larger global partnership between UNICEF and the World Health Organization ( WHO).

In the UK, the Baby Friendly Initiative is working with public services and universities to better help families nurture and develop close, loving relationships to ensure all babies get the best possible start in life.

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UNICEF helps thousands of displaced Yemenis in Marib – Middle East Monitor http://chance-for-rosi.org/unicef-helps-thousands-of-displaced-yemenis-in-marib-middle-east-monitor/ Sun, 28 Nov 2021 16:22:00 +0000 http://chance-for-rosi.org/unicef-helps-thousands-of-displaced-yemenis-in-marib-middle-east-monitor/

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Sunday it had provided humanitarian aid to thousands of displaced Yemenis in central Marib province, Anadolu reports.

“In Marib, displaced families continue to move from camp to camp in search of safety and humanitarian assistance,” UNICEF said in a statement.

The United Nations agency said it supported around 7,600 people in one of the new camps for Yemeni displaced people.

UNICEF “provides 113,000 cubic meters of drinking water per day,” he said, adding that it has distributed 1,330 hygiene kits, installed 78 temporary latrines and 13 water distribution points for easy access to water.

The Yemeni government says the Houthi military escalation in Marib has displaced nearly 100,000 people since September 2021.

Since February, Iranian-aligned Houthi rebels have stepped up their attacks to take control of the oil province of Marib, one of the most important strongholds of the legitimate government and home to the headquarters of the Yemeni defense ministry.

Yemen has been beset by violence and instability since 2014, when Houthi rebels captured much of the country, including the capital Sana’a.

A Saudi-led coalition aimed at reestablishing the Yemeni government has exacerbated the situation and triggered one of the world’s worst man-made humanitarian crises, with 233,000 people killed, nearly 80% or around 30 million in need of aid and humanitarian protection, and more than 13 million people at risk of famine, according to UN estimates.

75% of Yemeni children suffer from acute malnutrition: WHO

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UNICEF to introduce blood lead test in Ghana in early 2022 http://chance-for-rosi.org/unicef-to-introduce-blood-lead-test-in-ghana-in-early-2022/ Sat, 27 Nov 2021 01:37:50 +0000 http://chance-for-rosi.org/unicef-to-introduce-blood-lead-test-in-ghana-in-early-2022/ Lead poisoning occurs when heavy metal builds up in the body, often over a period of time. It is found naturally in soil, but has some uses where it finds application in certain consumer products such as lead-acid batteries used in vehicles, paints, and those used to paint children’s toys.

The exercise, which is expected to begin in early 2022, aims to verify the possibility of expanding the availability of test kits in public health reference laboratories as well as other establishments, Dr Edith Clarke, health specialist at the ‘UNICEF and coordinator of the protection of the potential of every child (PECP), said.

Dr Clarke made the revelation in an interview with the Ghanaian News Agency in Accra.

She said the move was necessary because currently blood samples from suspected lead poisoning cases were brought to the Ghana Standards Authority and sometimes transported out of the country for testing, but with the initiative. , they could be tested locally and in health facilities.

“As part of a project undertaken by UNICEF in collaboration with the Ghana Health Service and other stakeholders, there is a provision to introduce blood lead testing at the local level to verify feasibility,” he said. she reiterated.

She said it was a major problem affecting so many children around the world, saying it is estimated that one in three children worldwide have blood lead levels above a certain level. called the level of concern.

According to her, “this level was until recently five deciliters, but still reduced to three, which means that even at this low level, lead poisoning still tended to damage the brain of a developing child and other organs.

She said that despite the lack of national data to determine the number of children affected by lead poisoning, they hoped that, as part of the project, generalized testing would be incorporated into some national surveys to be conducted periodically in the country.
Exposure to lead could have serious health consequences for five-year-old children. At high levels of exposure, it attacks the brain and physical development, which could be fatal at high levels, she added.

“For unborn babies, it can pass through the mother’s circulation into the unborn child’s body and until the age of five to six, it still exerts damage, causing irreparable damage. “she said.

Dr Clarke noted that the actual magnitude of lead released to the environment was unknown due to several activities such as the scrap metal trade, the burning of electronic waste from gadgets, emissions from factories as well as exposure to chemicals. lead acid batteries.

She said it was therefore important to prevent children from playing with used lead-acid batteries, just like pregnant women because they inhale more of the substance released into the atmosphere.

She also mentioned that some products containing lead in the communities include paints, brightly colored children’s toys and cosmetics.

Some inexpensive cosmetics, such as lipsticks, face powders are types that may contain lead. The more expensive ones contain or may contain lower concentrations. Therefore, women had to be quite curious when purchasing such products, she advised.

The health specialist said parents working in industries where lead is emitted should be made aware of the dangers so as not to bring it home, adding that scrap metal activities should also be parked far away to protect children. .

She said children consuming paint that was peeling off buildings was very dangerous and called on parents to make sure their children always wash their hands frequently, especially after playing with and in the ground.

Dr Clarke called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to enforce enough controls with the Factory Inspectorate to put in place more stringent measures to control factory emissions into the environment.

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UNICEF Madagascar Humanitarian Situation Report N ° 5: October 2021 – Madagascar http://chance-for-rosi.org/unicef-madagascar-humanitarian-situation-report-n-5-october-2021-madagascar/ Thu, 25 Nov 2021 11:20:01 +0000 http://chance-for-rosi.org/unicef-madagascar-humanitarian-situation-report-n-5-october-2021-madagascar/

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Projections for Q4-2021 and Q1-2022 predict a deterioration in the nutritional situation due to the early start of the lean season this year (forecast 70,000 SAM children requiring CMAM treatment during this period).

UNICEF and its partners will strive to continue multisectoral humanitarian interventions (nutrition, food and cash distributions, WASH, health, etc.) at least until the next harvest (beginning of Q2-2022) targeting most vulnerable / affected municipalities classified as Emergency by the Nutritional Surveillance System) and adapting as much as possible to the very different local contexts from one municipality to another while ensuring a strong geographical convergence between the different interventions.

UNICEF’s interventions in the water sector have reached 56,500 additional people who are most affected by drought in the regions of Androy, Anosy and Atsimo Andrefana with 511,000 now reached out of the 807,000 targeted by the WASH cluster.

With 32,000 more people using free health services thanks to UNICEF support in October 2021, this brings the total number of people reached since January 2021 to 227,000, bringing coverage to 102% of the response target. emergency of the year in the Great South.

UNICEF continued to coordinate the cash response to the drought. working with the SAMS cluster to ensure the most appropriate food, cash or hybrid assistance is provided to households, UNICEF covered around 35,000 people in October and currently needs US $ 1.1 million to continue assistance in this municipality until May 2022.

Reporting GBV is severely hampered by social norms, traditional arrangements and the lack of options for protecting survivors; reporting and referral services also suffer from gaps in staff, resources, equipment and coverage, which affects their accessibility, quality and comprehensiveness of care, as well as the ability to collect and centralize data, affecting real-time insight into GBV trends in emergency response.

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Moonbug partners with UNICEF to develop positive stories for children, starting with “Supa Strikas” http://chance-for-rosi.org/moonbug-partners-with-unicef-to-develop-positive-stories-for-children-starting-with-supa-strikas/ Tue, 23 Nov 2021 15:59:06 +0000 http://chance-for-rosi.org/moonbug-partners-with-unicef-to-develop-positive-stories-for-children-starting-with-supa-strikas/

Recently acquired Moonbug unveiled its latest programming effort – a Original youtube which will date back to the early days of the hit football animated series Supa Strikes. Moonbug acquired the South African children’s content franchise in 2019.

The prequel, Supa Strikas: rookie season, will follow the youngest star of the team, Shakes, as he is betrayed by his best friend, searches for his father and risks everything to join the team in the hope of winning the Super League trophy. The first six of twelve episodes launch on Supa Strikas’ official YouTube channel and on the YouTube Kids application on December 3.

The series also marks the first phase of a larger partnership between Moonbug and Unicef, the 75-year-old man The United Nations agency responsible for providing humanitarian and development assistance to children. Both will strive to develop storylines aligned with child well-being, equity, diversity and a healthier lifestyle among viewers ages 6 to 12. Recruit season, the UNICEF logo will be affixed to the uniforms of the Supa Strikas team.

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Moonbug – which also has popular children’s content properties like CoComelon, Blippi, and little baby ass – was acquired by the still unnamed entertainment company run by the former Disney frames Kevin mayer and Tom staggs earlier this month for $ 3 billion. The company, supported by Blackstone Group, also purchased Reese witherspoon‘s Hello Sunshine in August for $ 900 million.

In addition to YouTube, Moonbug distributes original content on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and around 100 additional platforms around the world.

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Visit of the UNICEF Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia to Kyrgyzstan http://chance-for-rosi.org/visit-of-the-unicef-regional-director-for-europe-and-central-asia-to-kyrgyzstan/ Mon, 22 Nov 2021 03:19:00 +0000 http://chance-for-rosi.org/visit-of-the-unicef-regional-director-for-europe-and-central-asia-to-kyrgyzstan/

Visit of the UNICEF Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia to Kyrgyzstan

AKIPRESS.COM – UNICEF Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia Ms. Afshan Khan began her official visit to Kyrgyzstan today. The visit, which will last until tomorrow, is Ms Khan’s second to the country in her current capacity.

Over the next two days, Ms. Khan will meet with key government partners to discuss the implementation of the national program of cooperation between the government of Kyrgyzstan and UNICEF. Discussions will focus on emerging priorities and key aspects of the realization of children’s rights in the country, such as child poverty, the situation of children and adolescents with disabilities, parenthood, digital learning opportunities, as well as capacity building to support young people and adolescents in the transition to the labor market and to active citizenship.

During her visit, Ms. Khan will also participate in a number of events, including the launch of digital initiatives such as the “Bebbo” mobile parenting app and the “Learning Passport”, in collaboration with the Minister of Education and Science, as well as a disaster simulation exercise conducted by UNICEF volunteers as part of the Safe School program. In addition, she will meet participants of the “Girls in Science” project.

Ms. Khan has been an international civil servant for over 30 years. Previously, she was Director of Emergency Programs for UNICEF and also held other leadership positions including Director of Public Sector Alliances and Resource Mobilization, Associate Regional Director for East Africa and Southern and UNICEF representative in Jamaica.

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Sharjah wins UNICEF Child-Friendly City Award for second time http://chance-for-rosi.org/sharjah-wins-unicef-child-friendly-city-award-for-second-time/ Sat, 20 Nov 2021 14:50:00 +0000 http://chance-for-rosi.org/sharjah-wins-unicef-child-friendly-city-award-for-second-time/

SHARJAH – Just before World Children’s Day, a day celebrated annually on November 20 to promote international unity to improve the well-being of children, the Emirate of Sharjah reaffirmed its commitment to this goal. joint world and the pride of the United Arab Emirates by winning the prestigious UNICEF Child Award. -Friendly Cities Initiative (CFCI) Inspire Award for the second consecutive time.

The UNICEF Cities Inspire Award is one of the world’s most prestigious awards for innovative and inspiring initiatives from child-friendly cities in six categories.

Sharjah Child-Friendly Office brought the laurel home by showcasing the excellence of its Child-Friendly City of Sharjah project, launched in 2016, based on the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi , member of the Supreme and Sovereign Council of Sharjah, and his wife, His Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, to protect and enhance the rights and welfare of children of all ages in Sharjah, without discrimination of sex, nationality or capacity. It is responsible for creating joint child-friendly strategies in cooperation with more than 30 relevant entities.

The strategic objectives of the current Sharjah Child-Friendly City project are inspired by the five main objectives of the Child-Friendly Cities Initiatives (CFCI): each child and each young person is valued, respected and treated fairly within their community and by the authorities. local; their voices, needs and priorities heard and taken into account; has access to quality essential social services; lives in a safe, secure and clean environment; and has the opportunity to enjoy family life, play and leisure.

Dr Hessa Khalfan Al Ghazal, Executive Director of SCFO, said the award was the culmination of Sharjah’s efforts under the leadership of the Ruler of Sharjah and His Highness Sheikha Jawaher to strengthen its initiatives for children under ” a 4-year action plan in 2018. in partnership with UNICEF. The focus groups with children and youth produced several results which were successfully implemented, such as the child-friendly urban planning initiative; the Child-Friendly Schools and Crèches initiative; child-friendly media initiative; Sharjah Children’s and Youth Carnivals; and the children’s rights dissemination initiative.

She added, “Sharjah aims to establish an inspiring model for other Arab cities to adopt its approaches and policies to transform into child-friendly shelters. I would like to sincerely thank all of our partners who helped achieve SCFO’s goals and make them a reality. This success is not an individual achievement, but a team effort that each entity and individual involved in the project shares. Our collaboration will help advance Sharjah’s status as a child-friendly city and a beacon of knowledge, culture and creativity.

UNICEF’s honor follows a series of child-friendly initiatives designed through SCFO’s unique participatory approach that engaged children and youth

This global recognition follows the leadership of the Sharjah Child-Friendly City Project in launching several successful initiatives, which were developed through a participatory approach, involving several discussion sessions with children and young people. These initiatives, listed below, were designed based on SCFO’s detailed situation analysis to achieve the project objectives.

– The Child-Friendly Urban Planning (CFUP) initiative, designed in 2017 by SCFO and the Sharjah Urban Planning Council (SUPC), in partnership with UNICEF and UN-Habitat, calls for assimilating safe daily experiences, fun and stimulating in the emirate. planning, design and management of projects. Through guided discussions, he encouraged children and young people to present ideas and solutions to solve problems related to the current urban structure of the city. In addition, this led to the launch of the “Sharjah Principles for Child-Friendly Urban Planning,” which set a global benchmark in best practices in child-friendly urban planning.

– The Child Friendly Schools and Nurseries (CFSN) initiative, launched in August 2019 by SCFO in collaboration with UNICEF, the Sharjah Private Education Authority (SPEA) and the Sharjah Education Council (SEC). A comprehensive toolkit has been developed in Arabic and English to serve as a guide to the development of a comprehensive system that helps promote children’s rights in schools and nurseries and further develop learning and play strategies and to create a supportive and stimulating environment for children.

– The Child-Friendly Media (CFM) initiative, a reflection of Sharjah’s commitment to implement international child rights standards in the emirate. It aims to sensitize media professionals to children’s rights and educate them on ethical and professional guidelines to follow when covering children’s issues.

– The Sharjah Children and Youth Carnivals, which was launched on November 20, 2018, World Children’s Day, to celebrate Sharjah’s recognition as a child-friendly city. Over the years, carnivals have educated thousands of children, youth and their families of different nationalities and cultures. In 2019, the SBFO broke the Guinness World Records title for “Most people in a cutting board photo”.

– Children’s rights dissemination initiatives where Sharjah has used different modalities to promote children’s rights through productions of stories and songs, with social media campaigns ensuring regional and global visibility of activities in favor of the rights of the child.

SCFO participated in the first round of the CFCI Inspire Award in 2019, Sharjah winning the “Child Friendly Social Services” category for its Sharjah Baby-Friendly project which supported breastfeeding.

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Government, UNICEF and others prepare film on street children http://chance-for-rosi.org/government-unicef-and-others-prepare-film-on-street-children/ Thu, 18 Nov 2021 23:23:11 +0000 http://chance-for-rosi.org/government-unicef-and-others-prepare-film-on-street-children/

Representatives from the Lagos State government, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the Italian business community in Nigeria and other stakeholders will attend the premiere of The Oratory, a film to raise awareness of the plight of children. street children in society.

The film, according to a statement released Thursday, is scheduled for release on November 20 in Lagos and November 27 in Abuja.

The producer of the film, Dr Cyril Odia, in the statement signed by the chairman of the organizing committee, Gbenga Adebija, said: “The Oratory is based on the story of an African-American missionary who was inspired by the Italian Saint Don Bosco, renowned for dedicating his life to the improvement and education of street children, young delinquents and other disadvantaged young people.

“The film features stars such as Enyinna Nwigwe, Celeste Marcone, among others. Proceeds from the film’s premieres would be used to support existing shelters in Lagos and Ibadan and open new child protection centers for street children across Nigeria.

Odia also explained that thousands of street children were vulnerable to many vices in society.

“There were over 100,000 street children who are vulnerable to negative societal issues such as violence, sexual abuse, trafficking and crime. This situation is a time bomb that requires concerted efforts on the part of local and international actors for the rehabilitation of street children, ”he added.

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Former Harvard Men’s Basketball Champion and NBA Champion Jeremy Lin ’10 Appointed UNICEF Ambassador to the United States | Sports http://chance-for-rosi.org/former-harvard-mens-basketball-champion-and-nba-champion-jeremy-lin-10-appointed-unicef-ambassador-to-the-united-states-sports/ Wed, 17 Nov 2021 07:30:54 +0000 http://chance-for-rosi.org/former-harvard-mens-basketball-champion-and-nba-champion-jeremy-lin-10-appointed-unicef-ambassador-to-the-united-states-sports/

On October 8, 2021, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) USA announced that former basketball player and Harvard professional basketball player Jeremy Lin ’10 will be the latest addition to his team as a UNICEF ambassador. In this role, Lin will help the children in different ways; however, it focuses specifically on defending the mental health of the young American population.

“I think the conversation has started,” says Lin of the youth mental health movement, “and I just want to continue to be a part of it.”

Lin’s biggest goal, he says, is to continue this conversation as best he can.

Already taking steps to achieve this goal, Lin represented UNICEF USA at the State of the World’s Children Report launch event with Congress and was also a keynote speaker at the Aspen Institute Project Game Summit. With his participation in both of these events, Lin grew as a leader and advocate for mental health in new ways.

“What I’ve learned from these cases is that there are a lot of people out there who care,” Lin said, referring to the defense of children’s mental health. “For me, when I find a conviction or a passion around something, sometimes I feel like I’m the only person, or I’m one of the few people who try to do it. … The fact that I even had the chance to do it and be a part of it shows that there are a lot of people trying to talk about [mental health]. “

The subject of mental health is indeed gaining more and more media attention today. Tennis phenomenon Naomi Osaka, the highest-paid female athlete, has withdrawn from Wimbledon, the oldest and arguably most competitive tennis tournament in the world, referring to her focus on mental health as the reason for which she withdrew from the competition. Likewise, during the 2020 Summer Olympics, superstar gymnast Simone Biles withdrew from the all-around in order to focus on her own mental well-being. In light of the media attention and subsequent national rhetoric sparked by these decisions, Lin acknowledges that while the conversation about the importance of mental health has begun, it still faces resistance from some.

“I think the conversation is taking place, of course, but I think it’s still very controversial,” Lin added.

However, even in the face of the stigma and adversity surrounding mental health, Lin is confident that progress is being made.

“As long as this conversation is going on, I think that in general we will be heading in the right direction,” Lin said. “It’s worse when you don’t have a conversation at all. “

A member of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community himself, Lin recognizes the unique mental health challenges present within the AAPI community – challenges that have only been exacerbated by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Lin believes that there are three main barriers that members of the AAPI community face when it comes to mental health: cultural stigma, the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on the well-being of children, and the prevalence of anti-AAPI sentiments across America.

While every AAPI household is different, Lin believes that as a cultural group there is room to grow and work to be done in mental health literacy.

“I don’t want to generalize too much and say that every house is like this, but in many Asian cultures, [mental illness] we don’t talk about it that often, ”Lin said. “When you talk about going to a therapist or something like that, someone immediately thinks something’s really wrong instead of just saying, ‘Hey, I need mental health resources. I need help.'”

Lin’s second point is that the Covid-19 pandemic also presents challenges for children. He cites the unique circumstances children face when growing up in a pandemic.

“Because of the pandemic, because of the isolation, because of how things have changed and how life has changed, it’s really hard for children who have grown up knowing that life is a certain way. way, and then all of a sudden it’s never going to be the same or hasn’t been the same for a long time, ”Lin said.

Lin also points out that the AAPI community has faced increased racism in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. Anti-AAPI hate crimes are said to have risen 149%, and that’s even before the deadly shootings that took place in March.

“Now we see something [racism against the AAPI community] even worse in terms of mental health, worsened just in addition to the pandemic, ”Lin said. “The Asian American community is currently struggling. “

Sadly, Lin is no exception to anti-AAPI sentiment and has had to prepare for the impact of racism in his own life. This was accompanied by subsequent mental health issues, which he believes other members of the AAPI community might relate to.

“I think the most important thing is that I didn’t even know it,” Lin said, reflecting on the racism he faced. “[Traumatic experiences] Sometimes, almost subtly, you change the way you see everything, and you’re not even aware of it. … that’s the scary part about it.

There is a certain level of pressure that comes with being an elite athlete playing at the highest level possible that not many people will experience in their life. Lin has faced these pressures and anxiety throughout his career, and he believes that if he had asked for help earlier, the resources would have been beneficial for his own mental well-being.

“As I started to relax and unwrap these things, it almost felt like the wealth of life had been stolen from me because of some things that I might not have dealt with. in the past, ”Lin said.

Having an immense passion for helping the next generation was a factor that made Lin want to join UNICEF USA as an Ambassador. Lin attributes this to the inspiration he gets from his parents, Gie-Ming and Shirley Lin. First generation immigrants, they moved to the United States without English literacy in order to give their children the best possible chance to achieve their dreams.

“Basically they were like, ‘We’re going to give up all our dreams of trying to become an immigrant so you guys [Lin and his siblings] may have a chance to have a better future, ”Lin said. “So for me, being able to be an NBA basketball player for nine years and being able to be a professional basketball player for 12 years and being able to do what I did is because of them.”

The sacrifice made by Lin’s parents left him determined to help the next generation.

“I would be crazy if I didn’t try to think so strongly of the next generation and say ‘What can I do to make their life a little easier, a little better and to pass on the legacy of what the previous generation has? made for us? ‘ Lin said.

The UNICEF USA Ambassador believes that there is still a lot of work to be done to help young people achieve mental well-being.

“I really hope we start to have a lot more resources,” said the Palo Alto native. “Even when I spoke to some of the student members of our foundation’s beneficiaries, they told me, ‘There aren’t a lot of mental health resources available in our college or high school. And even if they do, the students don’t believe they’ll work or do anything, or they don’t even know it’s there.

However, Lin has a plan to help correct some of these deficiencies in the mental health system.

“What I hope to do with UNICEF is actually to provide really effective tools, resources and conversations for children, when they are faced with things that can be traumatic or things that can be traumatic. that they have to deal with, immediately know ‘Where do I go to be able to handle this and to be able to deal with this?’ Lin said.

Lin thinks we have a long way to go, but if he can help make even a small step forward as UNICEF’s ambassador to the United States, he will see it as a success.

“I don’t necessarily think that during my tenure as Ambassador, we’ll see everything we want to do,” Lin said. “I think it’s going to take so long, so many different people, so many conversations.”

However, Lin sees the power in numbers and has hope for the future.

“Even when I’m going through certain things, or when I even see my family members going through certain mental health issues, it’s always heartwarming to see that there are so many other people who can join in with each other. to really inspire and help each other. other, ”Lin added.

The NBA champion has done a lot for the AAPI community, basketball, those struggling with mental health and many more already, but that next game he chose to face – helping kids in the need – might be the hardest part. nowadays.

– Editor-in-chief Derek Schaedig can be contacted at derek.schaedig@thecrimson.com.

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