UNICEF Provides PPE and IT Equipment to the Lao Youth Union to Strengthen Child Protection Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The equipment will help ensure the continuity of essential child protection services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

15 November 2021
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Vientiane, 27 October 2021 – UNICEF Lao PDR today handed over IT equipment and PPE to the Lao Youth Union (LYU) to support the Government of Lao PDR’s ongoing COVID-19 response, specifically to help ensure the continuity of child protection services focusing on hotline counselling and support to quarantine centers during the pandemic.

The supplies consist of hand sanitizers, masks, gloves, infrared thermometers, computers, laptops, mobile phones, cameras and other equipment related to online media production, which have a total combined value of approximately USD 85,000.

The handover ceremony for the equipment was organized at the LYU office and attended by H.E. Dr. Alounxai Sounnalath, Secretary-General of LYU and Dr. Pia Rebello Britto, UNICEF Representative to Lao PDR.

“The LYU would like to extend our sincerest thanks to UNICEF for this contribution, which will greatly help strengthen the delivery of child protection services, especially hotline counselling for youth and adolescents during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond,” said H.E. Dr. Alounxai Sounnalath, Secretary-General of LYU.

The PPE provided will be distributed to the LYU across the country, particularly to their staff who are supporting quarantine centers as essential workers to ensure their safety and ability to deliver life-saving services to children and their families during the pandemic.

To control the spread of COVID-19, UNICEF has also been supporting the Government of Lao PDR to adopt innovative approaches to ensure continuation of critical services on child protection, including helplines that offer counselling and referral services provided by LYU staff and volunteers. The IT equipment provided by UNICEF will thus help increase the availability and accessibility of these helpline services to children in remote and ethnic language predominated areas in Vientiane Capital, Luang Prabang, Luang Namtha and Oudomxay.

“UNICEF remains a committed partner of the LYU during this challenging period of time. We will continue to support the Government of Lao PDR’s commitment to leaving no one behind and ensure child protection is prioritized during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond,” Stated Dr. Pia Rebello Britto, UNICEF Representative of UNICEF Lao PDR.

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