The COVID 19 pandemic brought about rapid change and increased likelihood of a general confinement of populations. This necessitated the adaptation of child protection programming. Further, the fact that COVID 19 is no longer an acute emergency in most contexts but is projected to remain endemic underscores the need for child protection programs that are able to adapt as is necessary and conduct programming in this new reality. Below are the IRC organizational and Child Protection program related top three priorities:
- Staff Safety: IRC staff have the knowledge and supplies needed to work safely, and the organization has the right policies and safeguards in place to support staff, and mitigate risk for staff.
- Program Business Continuity: Ensuring continuity of IRC pre-existing programs and services, recognizing the broader impact of major disease outbreaks on populations.
- Additional outbreak response activities: Support containment efforts and further mitigate the impact of the outbreak within communities in which the IRC works.