UNICEF procures insulin and neurological medicines worth over $96,000 through the Multi-Partner Trust Fund to the Kyrgyz Republic
UNICEF supported the Ministry of Health and Social Development to respond to supply shortages due to the COVID-19 pandemic by increasing national insulin reserves and the provision of neurological medicines
BISHKEK, April 5, 2021 – UNICEF has procured neurological medicines and 17,000 insulin doses worth KGS 8 million for the Ministry of Health and Social Development, with funding from the UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund. The supply of neurological medicines comprises several drugs, including 1,400 packages of topiramate and 2,794 packages of levetiracetam. In addition to the 17,000 insulin doses, 500,000 insulin syringes and 230,000 blood and urine glucose test strips have been delivered as well as containers for used syringes.
These supplies are vital for the proper treatment of children and adolescents with diabetes and neurological disorders. Despite the supply and procurement challenges faced due to COVID-19, it is crucial that these life-saving medical supplies can be made available for these patients.
Procurement of these drugs was done upon a specific request from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic to support the response to COVID-19 and address the shortage of essential medicines. The Ministry of Health and Social Development confirmed the country's most needed medicine in line with the national clinical protocols.
These supplies were financed by the UN COVID-19 Multi-Partner Trust Fund established by António Guterres, UN Secretary-General, to help countries stop coronavirus transmission and protect the most vulnerable from the devastating socio-economic impact of the pandemic.
UNICEF will continue supporting the Government to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by providing essential supplies to those working on the frontline and supporting the overall socioeconomic response measures to ensure that every child can survive and thrive.
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