UNICEF Hands Over Printing Equipment to Support Ministry of Emergency Situations

09 February 2024
Cristina Brugiolo is handing over certificate for 10 printers to the minister of emergency situations
UNICEF Kyrgyzstan

UNICEF in Kyrgyzstan officially handed over ten colour laser printers to the Ministry of Emergency Situations (MES). These printers are set to enhance the ministry's internal processes, a crucial aspect in responding to emergency situations. The equipment is part of the project titled "Enhancing the resilience of children to climate and disaster risks in the Kyrgyz Republic," funded by the Government of Japan. The total cost of the equipment exceeds 2.2 million KGS (25,670 USD).

The handover ceremony took place today with the participation of Minister of Emergency Situations, Boobek Ajikeyev, and acting UNICEF Representative in Kyrgyzstan Cristina Brugiolo.

During the meeting, the participants engaged in discussions about ongoing and future collaboration in the field of disaster risk management. They also delved into the implementation of the project, which aims to improve the preparedness of schoolchildren during emergency situations.

Minister Ajikeyev underscored the longstanding partnership between UNICEF and the Government of Japan in disaster risk preparedness and response, particularly focusing on the safety of children and schools.

As part of the project, UNICEF had previously equipped 600 schools with essential items for emergency situations, including loudspeakers, hand-held sirens, fire shields, evacuation stretchers, first aid kits, disaster risk information boards, and emergency door handles.

"Children are the most vulnerable in emergency situations. That’s why we must ensure that they are equipped with knowledge and tools that will help them stay safe. We are grateful to our partner – the Government of Japan - for their support of such an important cause," said Cristina Brugiolo.

"Enhancing the resilience of children to climate and disaster risks in the Kyrgyz Republic" is implemented since March 2020. Under this initiative, UNICEF collaborates with the Ministry of Education and Science and the Ministry of Emergency Situations to ensure the safety of girls and boys in schools/pre-schools in the face of potential stresses, shocks, impacts of climate change, and disasters.

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Kairatbek Murzakimov
Communications, Advocacy and Partnerships Officer
UNICEF Kyrgyzstan

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