Umeed: An illustrated story about Noor and the Coronavirus
The novel coronavirus pandemic is an unprecedented crisis that has impacted the lives of over 62 million people worldwide so far, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Challenged with providing care for those infected by the virus without a cure or a vaccine, healthcare workers have put themselves and their families at risk in the line of duty. With a second wave now taking over Pakistan, our healthcare workers – already burdened by the repercussions of the first wave – face even more risk than before.
The most effective defence against COVID-19 remains prevention through vital lifesaving information. By raising awareness about preventive measures, our hope of conquering this threat is possible. As part of our continued efforts to create awareness through innovative community engagement, the ICRC in Pakistan has developed an illustrated short story titled "Umeed", which translates to "hope" in the English language.
The story, which is narrated in the form of a nursery rhyme, unfolds as a curious little girl named Noor learns to find hope even amid the darkness of a pandemic. Her hope, or "Umeed", to fight COVID-19 and desire to see better days ahead drives home the message of this beautifully illustrated book.
Download and share the lovely storybook that brings alive Noor and her "Umeed".