(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The countries of the Eastern Caribbean are prone to natural and manmade hazards.
These hazards do not only affect countries economically but can also lead to loss of lives of children and their families, making children susceptible to violence and ill health.
To cope with this issue, the United Nation Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in collaboration with the Regional Latin America and Caribbean Child Care Board hosted a 3 day workshop from June 26 to 28, 2018 at the Barbados Hilton’s Resort.
The workshop facilitated the drafting of an integrated communication strategy by key stakeholders, to enhance response during and after disasters.
The Saint Lucian delegate was headed by Human Services Director, Mrs. Elizabeth Lewis who stated that the workshop will help Child Care Organizations and Departments improve aware ness with children and families in the event of an emergency.
“This workshop is extremely timely. We are here to look at the whole issue of communication in emergencies and how do we ensure the protection of children. We know what happened in Dominica and we are here to ensure this does not happen in Saint Lucia by putting strategies in place to prevent this.”
The UNICEF Communication specialist for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean region Dr. McClean-Trotman was also eager to share relevant, information on humanitarian situations.
“We saw the level of destruction and therefore it is important to reach the remainder of the population after a disaster. This may save lives, prevent harm and danger to children and so this is why we are having the workshop. At the end of the three days we hope to stimulate though on communication, health, children protection and social protection.
The participants included representatives from Education Departments, Child Protection Departments, Government Information Services, Non-Governmental Organizations and International red Cross Agencies.