UNICEF provides personal safety supplies for protection against COVID-19 to frontline workers and children under state care
TBILISI, Georgia, 15 October 2020. UNICEF continued creating a safe working environment for vulnerable groups of children and frontline workers supporting them and provided hygiene and personal protective materials to the State Care Agency to support the Government in mitigating the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in Georgia. The supplies were procured with the support from USAID within the framework of the project “Preventing and Responding to COVID-2019 in Georgia”.
The supplies will help social workers, caregivers, frontline workers, service providers, children living in state care institutions and other vulnerable groups across Georgia to get necessary protection against COVID-19.
Personal protective materials including face shields, gowns, disinfecting barriers and sanitizing liquids will protect the children and young people as well as personnel to continue operating in a safe work environment. Digital thermometers are also part of the supplies provided.
The handover event was attended by the Deputy Minister of Internally Displaced persons from the Occupied Territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs Ms. Tamila Barkalaia, Director of the State Care Agency Ms. Meri Maghlaperidze, USAID/Georgia’s Democracy, Human Rights and Governance Office Director Mr. Adam Schmidt and UNICEF Representative in Georgia, Dr. Ghassan Khalil.
“Personal protective materials are the most important and efficient to fight against pandemic. The State Care Agency deals with the most vulnerable groups, including people with disabilities, people with certain medical conditions within the risk groups, as well as the elderly, it is critical for us to have unlimited amount of protective materials. Our partners support us in this process, from technical perspective, such as providing protective supplies, as well as strengthening the systems for the prevention of pandemic in the State Care institutions” – said Tamila Barkalaia, Deputy Minister of Internally Displaced persons from the Occupied Territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs.
"UNICEF in partnership with USAID continue to support frontline workers in getting necessary protection against COVID-19 pandemic." - Ghassan Khalil
“UNICEF in partnership with USAID continue to support frontline workers in getting necessary protection against COVID-19 pandemic”, said Ghassan Khalil, UNICEF representative in Georgia. “The supplies we are delivering today will help the personnel of the state care institutions as well as children and young people to receive necessary services during pandemic. UNICEF and USAID had a successful collaboration in implementing the state care reform and providing family-based care to the vulnerable children and young people. We are happy to partner again to support the safe continuation of these services across Georgia”, added the UNICEF Representative.
"The supplies we are delivering today will allow Georgia’s State Care Agency workers to safely continue to serve children and young people." - Adam Schmidt
“USAID has responded rapidly to the pandemic in Georgia, filling key gaps and supporting Georgian institutions to manage the spread of the virus,” said Mr. Schmidt. “The supplies we are delivering today will allow Georgia’s State Care Agency workers to safely continue to serve children and young people.”
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.
Earlier this week UNICEF provided personal protective supplies to the National Agency for Crime Prevention and Probation to support social workers, psychologists, probation officers and children involved in diversion and mediation programmes throughout the country.
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/