On 31 March 2020, seven-year-old Francesca [NAME CHANGED], receives a medical screening from Doctor Antonella Tochiaro in an informal settlement where she lives in Rome, Italy. Doctor Tochiaro is part of the INTERSOS/UNICEF outreach team.
The INTERSOS/UNICEF outreach team conducts mobile clinics which provide basic health care and information to refugee and migrant children and families living in informal settlements in Rome. This work has become particularly vital during the COVID-19 pandemic. Refugee and migrant children and families living in informal settlements often have limited access to health services in regular times; the COVID-19 pandemic puts them even further at risk. The team provide health screenings, distributes vital hygiene supplies and educates children and families on what they can do to protect themselves and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), as of 31 March, 2020, at the time of photography, there were more than 101,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Italy and more than 11,000 deaths. As of 7 April, at the time of this writing, the numbers have risen dramatically, with more than 132,000 confirmed cases and more than 16,000 deaths – more deaths than any other country in the world.