UNICEF donations for health workers, teachers, parents and children during the pandemic
Since it was founded in 1946, UNICEF has been providing help to children and caregivers in countries facing emergencies worldwide.
PODGORICA, 2 March 2022 – UNICEF has so far provided more than one million euros’ worth of donations to Montenegro to ensure that vaccines are stored properly, that there are enough PCR tests, much-needed medicines and protective equipment for health workers, teachers, parents and children during the pandemic.
“Since it was founded in 1946, UNICEF has been providing help to children and caregivers in countries facing emergencies worldwide. During the global crisis caused by the pandemic, UNICEF has secured donations to Montenegro to help resolve the most critical issues and we will continue doing so in the future".
From the beginning of the pandemic, UNICEF called for the opening of schools while respecting the epidemiological measures. UNICEF provided cloth masks to more than 20,000 children in Montenegro to support them to attend school during the pandemic.
As the pandemic disrupted transport and supply systems, it was difficult for countries to obtain even the most basic health equipment, such as gloves, masks, isolation gowns, syringes and similar. Based on the information provided by Montenegro’s health system about its needs, UNICEF has so far secured almost two million gloves and almost half a million surgical masks for health workers, as well as 10,000 isolation gowns, 22,000 coveralls and more than 66,000 shoe covers.
To ensure that vaccines are stored properly, UNICEF has provided a state-of-the-art vaccine cold room, a number of vaccine refrigerators and other auxiliary equipment, such as a power generator, voltage stabilizers and continuous temperature-monitoring devices that continuously, 24/7, measure and record the temperatures of vaccine storage.
UNICEF has also responded to the need to provide different medicines used for treating patients with COVID-19, such as dexamethasone, that has been secured for all COVID patients in a total amount of approximately €130,000.
To support the testing of people for coronavirus, UNICEF has so far provided almost 10,000 PCR tests to Montenegro.
Finally, in March of last year, COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Montenegro for the immunization of health workers and the most vulnerable citizens, thanks to the government’s procurement through the COVAX initiative and UNICEF-organized logistics and transport.