What will the prospective fellows gain from this experience?
The UN Volunteer Population Data Fellows will work with UNFPA in advancing applied research, technical assistance and capacity building in civil registration and vital statistics, in close collaboration with national statistics offices, civil registration authorities and related UNFPA institutional partners.
This cohort will consist of five national UN Volunteer Specialists from Burkina Faso, Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria and Senegal and two international UN Volunteer Experts working from Dakar, Senegal, and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
S'il existe une compétence que les volontaires de l’ONU assignés en Guinée-Bissau ont renforcé grâce à leurs efforts de lutte contre le COVID19, c'est bien leur capacité d'adaptation aux situations locales et nationales.
João Hernani Melo et Laura Brandão, deux volontaires brésiliens respectivement assignés au PNUD et au FNUAP, ont dû développer des stratégies d’intervention effectives pour accompagner le gouvernement et soutenir les communautés durant cette période inédite et difficile.
If there is a skill that UN Volunteers currently assigned in Guinea-Bissau have strengthened in the fight against COVID-19, it is adaptability to local and national situations.
João Hernani Melo and Laura Brandão, Brazilian UN Volunteers assigned to UNDP and UNFPA respectively, have had to develop effective response strategies to accompany the government and support communities in these challenging times.
UN Volunteer Sitara Khatiwada plays a vital role in mentoring midwives within the Government health facilities as well as the Rohingya Refugee Community in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. She is serving as a Midwife Specialist in Emergency with UNFPA, and is responsible for the direct supervision, training and mentoring of national midwives employed by UNFPA through the project “Partners under Sexual Reproductive Health & Rights (SRHR)”.
On 11 March, the World Health Organization characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic. Africa was initially spared from the outbreak; however, this has since changed rapidly. The entry of COVID-19 onto the continent is a serious issue of concern to the region's socio-economic and political stability. According to WHO, Africa bears 71% of the global distribution of communicable diseases, against a backdrop of relatively weaker health-care systems.
Aisha Hussein has been spearheading sensitization campaigns against FGM since 2017 and is a leading youth voice against harmful practices, especially against girls.
âI became an anti-FGM activist after I gave birth to my first kid,â she explains. âI had a lot of difficulties giving birth and had to undergo a caesarean section. This got me thinking a lot about FGM.â
Why volunteering? Because I strongly believe in the values of volunteering.
To me volunteerism is an authentic form of expressing motivation; it is an occasion to get deeply invested in a mission, to be able to contribute with our skills and competencies where really needed. Volunteering is about being part of the change, it’s an occasion for our human side to prevail upon our personal interests.
The day the cyclone hit, we accommodated five neighbour families who sought refuge after the cyclone winds destroyed their houses. A total of 33 people sat in our small sitting room and I had to climb up the roof to place stone blocks to prevent the roof of being swept away.
The UN Volunteer Population Data Fellows will work with UNFPA in advancing applied research, technical assistance and capacity building in civil registration and vital statistics; in close collaboration with national statistics offices, civil registration authorities and related UNFPA institutional partners.