Guwahati- A webinar on Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) and Combating Stigma Related to COVID-19 through partnership in North Eastern States was jointly organised and supported by Assam Don Bosco University, UNICEF, World Health Organisation (WHO), USAID and Piramal Swathya.
125 participants from various institutions across North-eastern states participated in the webinar. The programme was inaugurated by Fr (Dr) Stephen Mavely, Vice Chancellor, Assam Don Bosco University.
Dr. Ashoke Roy, Director, Regional Resource Centre for North East States, Branch of NHSR, MoHFW, was invited to delivered the key note address on Risk Communication and Communication Engagement (RCCE) related to COVID-19. Dr. Madhulika Jonathan, Chief, Field Office, UNICEF, Assam & North East, Dr. Subhajit Bhattarcharjee, Sub Regional Team Leader for NE States, World Health Origination, Sudeshna Mukherjee, Vice President, Social and Behaviour Change Communication, Piramal Swasthya, Dr. Ritu Singh Chauhan, National Professional Officer, WHO, Dr. Vivek Singh, Health Specialist, UNICEF, Laximinarayan Nanda, Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF, Suresh Parmar, C4D Officer, UNICEF, Dr. Riju Sharma, Assam Don Bosco University participated as key resource persons of the programme.
The key themes of the webinar include- National perspective: COVID-19 – challenges and issues in North-eastern context, combating stigma related to COVID-19, psychological support to adolescents and youth during COVID-19 pandemic, Risk communication and community engagement, importance of partnership in Northeast SBCC alliance, etc.