UNICEF jets in additional personal protective equipment to boost COVID-19 response in Belize
BELIZE CITY, Belize, 2 October 2020 – UNICEF has flown in additional personal protective supplies and medical equipment as part of our continued support to boost the country’s testing and response capacity amidst the ongoing Covid 19 Pandemic. These include 120 Oxygen concentrator accessories, 2,000 protection coverall and 10,500 surgical masks; one oxygen analyzer and one pulse oximeter. The PPE and medical equipment have been handed over to the Ministry of Health and will be distributed to frontline healthcare workers across the country.
“We are pleased to be able to bring in these supplies at this crucial time, as the country continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic. Children remain the hardest hit, missing out on proper nutrition, learning and health care. Our life-saving work to provide children and their families with health care, education, nutrition and protection has never been more critical,” said Ms. Alison Parker, UNICEF Country Representative.
“The Ministry of Health appreciates the contribution received from UNICEF in the form of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and medical devices. The PPE and medical devices are critical for the protection of health personnel when providing care to the population affected by COVID-19. We are all in this together. To stop the COVID-19 outbreaks, every individual, family and community plays a key role to contain and mitigate COVID-19,” commented Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services, Ministry of Health, Belize.
These supplies could not have been more timely, as it coincides with the reopening of the airport and the need to ensure a sustained and robust testing and response mechanism.
To date, the UNICEF and other partners have supported Belize as part of the national COVID-19 response in the areas of health; education; psychosocial support; child protection; nutrition; and water, sanitation and hygiene.
Funded largely through the UNICEF COVID-19 Humanitarian Appeal for Children, these supplies complement UNICEF's response, which has already delivered 8000 testing kits, 5 oxygen concentrators, 840 masks, 200,000 gloves and other personal protective equipment, such as bio hazard bags and goggles, to healthcare facilities across the country.
About UNICEF’s COVID-19 response in Belize
Globally, COVID-19 is claiming lives and livelihoods. As families struggle to stay afloat, the crisis is battering essential services that secure the education and protection of our children, often with deadly costs. The most vulnerable children – such as those affected by poverty, exclusion or family violence – are facing even greater risks, cut off from existing support.
UNICEF’s COVID-19 Response Plan has two priorities: 1) to reduce COVID-19 transmission and mortality through the public health response, and 2) to mitigate the socioeconomic impacts on children and families, especially the most vulnerable. Actions range from securing critical hygiene and prevention items for use in schools, health facilities, and public spaces, to reaching children and their families through messaging on COVID-19 prevention – as well as producing and broadcasting messages for parents and caregivers to assist children at home with psychosocial support and distance learning.
UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfil their potential. Across more than 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone. And we never give up.