Magdalena, a UNICEF community health worker, and her daughter, Brithany, at home in Monte Sinaí, Guayaquil, Ecuador in 2021.

UNICEF Health Workers in Ecuador Battle COVID-19 in Their Own Backyard

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In her work as a UNICEF community health monitor, Magdalena, above, goes door-to-door to make sure children are up to date on their childhood immunizations. When COVID-19 struck her neighborhood hard, she never expected that her young daughter, Brithany, would test positive, let alone be diagnosed with multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C), a rare but serious condition associated with COVID-19.

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Magdalena's case is "very special because she is a community leader who has become an active contact tracer in the referral of COVID-19 cases of pregnant women, of children with incomplete vaccine schedules, also with cases of possible malnutrition," says Carmen Vasquéz, a UNICEF community health worker. "And she also experienced the pandemic firsthand, because her family got sick with COVID-19. This whole training process has helped her to address the disease in the best way."


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Top photo: UNICEF community health monitor Magdalena and her daughter, Brithany, tested positive for COVID-19 in Mont Sinaí, Guayaquil, Ecuador — along with all of their neighbors. Her personal experience with the pandemic informs her work as a contact tracer and resource for families with children who are behind on their vaccines. © UNICEF/UN0361904/Arcos. Video edited by Tong Su for UNICEF USA