UNICEF donates personal safety equipment for protection against COVID-19 to National Crime Prevention and Probation offices across Georgia
TBILISI, Georgia, 13 October 2020 – UNICEF donated critical hygiene and infection prevention and control supplies to the National Agency for Crime Prevention and Probation of the Ministry of Justice to support the Government in mitigating the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in Georgia. The supplies were procured with support from USAID within the framework of the project “Preventing and Responding to COVID-2019 in Georgia”.
The personal protective supplies will help the regional bureaus of the National Probation Agency and the Juvenile Referral Centre. The supplies will further be distributed to social workers, psychologists, and probation officers throughout the country to aid them in creating safe working environments in local probation offices. Children involved in diversion and mediation programmes will also benefit while visiting the probation offices, as they receive the needed services.
The handover event, at the National Probation Agency, was attended by the Deputy Minister of Justice, Mr. Giorgi Pataridze, the Head of the National Agency for Crime Prevention and Probation Ms. Tatia Khocholava; the USAID/Georgia Mission Director, Mr. Peter Wiebler; and the UNICEF Representative in Georgia, Dr. Ghassan Khalil.
"We are extremely grateful to USAID for their support, which is a continuation of the great partnership we have in Georgia". - Ghassan Khalil
“We are extremely grateful to USAID for their support, which is a continuation of the great partnership we have in Georgia,” said Ghassan Khalil, UNICEF representative in Georgia. “COVID-19 has created enormous challenges for everybody, including frontline workers who have to protect themselves as well as provide services to those in need. The supplies we are giving today will ensure that juvenile probationers and children involved in diversion and mediation programmes will get the necessary services to be protected from the virus,” added the UNICEF Representative.
The infection, prevention, and control supplies include face shields, digital thermometers, hand sanitizing and surface disinfecting liquids, and disinfecting barriers.
"This personal protective equipment will enable the staff of the National Probation Agency to carry out their important work in support of Georgia’s youth, including some of the country's most vulnerable." - Peter Wiebler
“This personal protective equipment will enable the staff of the National Probation Agency to carry out their important work in support of Georgia’s youth, including some of the country's most vulnerable.” said USAID/Georgia Mission Director Peter Wiebler. “This assistance is another strong example of how USAID is partnering with Georgia during the pandemic, responding rapidly to fill key gaps and support the leadership role that Georgia is already taking. We are pleased to partner with UNICEF in this effort,” added Mr. Wiebler.
The supplies are part of the USAID supported project, implemented in partnership with UNICEF, to provide hygiene and medical supplies to healthcare facilities, support rapid response teams, case management, and infection control, and strengthen public health communications.
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/georgia/