UNICEF and USAID on a mission to support the most vulnerable population
Hygiene packs, disinfectants and soaps donation are part of the project Prevention and Response to COVID-19 in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Sarajevo, 25.08.2020: Vulnerable children and families throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina are receiving hygiene packs and disinfectants vital to improving infection prevention and health from UNICEF in combination with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
The donation of 6,180 hygiene packs and 5,000 litres of disinfectants and hand soap to the most vulnerable children and families, including children with disabilities, children living in poverty, Roma communities and migration centres, throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina, totals $137.000 BAM and is part of US $1.5 million in Prevention and Response to COVID-19 in Bosnia and Herzegovina supported by USAID.
Hand hygiene is a priority in protecting health of children and families, professionals as well as the field staff working with them.
Globally, 3 billion people – 40 per cent of the world’s population – do not have facilities in their homes to wash their hands with water and soap. Three quarters of those who lack access to water and soap live in the world’s poorest countries and are amongst the most vulnerable: children and families living in informal settlements, migrant and refugee camps, or in areas of active conflict or poverty. This puts an estimated 1 billion people at immediate risk of COVID-19 simply because they lack basic handwashing facilities.
“UNICEF advocates for Hygiene for all, especially for the most vulnerable children and families, who do not have adequate hygiene means such as soaps and sanitizers , mostly because it is not affordable for them. That increases risks to COVID-19 infection, so we decided to prioritise this support for the most needy and vulnerable children and families”. said Dr. Rownak Khan, UNICEF Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
"USAID supports thousands of marginalized families through our regular programs. COVID-19 brought new, more difficult challenges to their lives. We hope that donations of hygiene and disinfectant products will help infection prevention and ease the return of children to school," said Nancy J. Eslick, Mission Director for USAID, which overall has contributed US $3,804,369 to fighting COVID-19 in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
UNICEF advocates globally with the governments, donors and partners- “The Hand Hygiene for All initiative”, which aims to move the world towards this goal: supporting the most vulnerable communities with the means to protect their health and environment. It brings together international partners, national governments, public and private sectors, and civil society to ensure affordable products and services are available, especially in disadvantaged areas, and to enable a culture of hygiene.
COVID19 gives a unique opportunity to re-imagine the hygiene as one of the positive behaviours to protect individual and public health, especially among those, living in the group settlements.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org.