A message for UNICEF Pakistan's suppliers and service providers

UNICEF Pakistan's supply section addresses the COVID-19 pandemic

UNICEF
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UNICEF/PAKISTAN/Asad Zaidi
31 March 2020

Dear UNICEF Pakistan Suppliers and Service providers.

Together, we are facing a truly unprecedented situation due to the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 across the globe. The pandemic is affecting all our families, our businesses, our communities and our way of life.

We are grateful for your continuous support of UNICEF’s project intervention across Pakistan in response to the COVID-19 emergency. Please take into consideration the possibility of economic impacts related to the pandemic --  e.g. shortages of labour, material and/or equipment; increased market prices in supplies, labour cost and/or transportation -- and other indirect impacts linked to transit shutdowns, travel restrictions, suspension of community activities that are beyond our control.

Please reach out UNICEF Pakistan’s Supply Section to request time/cost extension, providing executing plans to reduce the impact on the Contract Timelines and Prices.  In the meantime, we remain available to discuss different options and reduce the amount of costs incurred in relation to the project.

We are also asking all of our vendors to stay aware of the latest information related to COVID-19, particularly on how to protect yourself, your families, your employees and your communities.

Recommended behaviours from the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations & Coordinations, the World Health organization (WHO) and UNICEF:

1 - Wash your hands with soap frequently

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.

Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

2 - Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

Do not touch your face (eyes, nose, mouth) with unwashed hands.

Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and make you sick.

3 - Cover mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, but NOT with your hands

Cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing and dispose of used tissue immediately. Do not cover your nose with your hands.

Why? When someone coughs or sneezes, they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus.

4 – Stay home and maintain physical distancing

Stay home as much as possible. Avoid shaking hands and hugging. Avoid going to crowded places. If you have no choice but to go outside, maintain at least 1-metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and other people.

Why? Staying home means the virus cannot spread.

Maintaining at least 1-metre (3 feet) distance helps protect you. When someone coughs or sneezes, they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

5 – Moreover…

  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has cold or flu-like symptoms. Seek medical care early if you or your child has a fever, cough or difficulty breathing.
  • Be cautious, but do not panic – most cases of coronavirus are mild; most people who are infected recover.

For more information, please check:

http://covid.gov.pk/
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public
https://www.unicef.org/pakistan/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-what-parents-should-know
https://www.nih.org.pk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/COVID-19-NAP-V2-13-March-2020.pdf

Best Regards,

UNICEF Pakistan
Supply Section