Delivering vital supplies to fight COVID-19 across Europe and Central Asia
UNICEF is working with partners across the Region to protect children and families during the pandemic
Four tons of equipment have been delivered from UNICEF's Copenhagen warehouse to Croatia including 30,000 professional medical masks, 30,000 protective gloves, 18,000 protective suits and gowns, 4,000 bags for safe disposal of medical waste, 2 500 protective caps and 130 pairs of protective rubber boots.
Three hundred and eighty Roma families in Georgia received packages with essential hygiene and food products. UNICEF personnel also visited some of the vulnerable families to inform them on measures they can take to stop the spread of COVID-19.
The first shipment of supplies arrived in Italy on 30 March and included surgical masks and gloves, protective suits and goggles, gowns and thermometers.
Since the COVID-19 outbreak began, UNICEF in Kosovo* has distributed 12,000 family hygiene kits to an estimated 72,000 people. UNICEF has also conducted a rapid assessment of 204 families with children through telephone interviews. Almost every family involved - 97 per cent – said they valued the assistance and asked for ongoing support.
UNICEF in Romania is providing protective equipment to frontline community workers during the pandemic. UNICEF is also supporting social workers and community nurses who provide the most vulnerable children and families with care and medical support. Not only do these frontline workers support families but they also help relieve demand on the healthcare system.
UNICEF in Serbia has procured more than $935,000 USD of supplies to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The supplies include medical and protective equipment for health care workers, as well hygiene kits that will be given to vulnerable families and children.
In Tajikistan UNICEF is supporting the Ministry of Health and Social Protection by delivering vital medical supplies.
UNICEF, in partnership with the Turkish Red Crescent and other national partners, is distributing psycho-social support kits to 50,000 Turkish and refugee families throughout Turkey. The kits include writing and drawing materials, puzzles, playdough and activity booklets which provide parents with exercises and games to engage their children.
*All references to Kosovo should be understood to be in the context of United Nations Security Council resolution 1244 (1999).