First UNICEF shipment of protective equipment delivered
Belgrade, Serbia, 4 April 2020 - The first shipment of protective equipment arrived in Serbia, which UNICEF, with the support of private sector partners and individual donors, has procured to support the health care system in the fight against COVID-19.
The equipment includes: 1,549 suits, 9,000 N95 masks, 99,950 surgical masks, 25,116 protective coats, 5,200 protective aprons, 71,900 surgical gloves and 5,376 visors.
The companies whose donations made this procurement possible are: Eurobank, Telenor Foundation, Steel Impex, Nova Communications, Vega IT Sourcing Ltd., Sberbank, and Typhoon Hill.
“UNICEF, through the procurement of critically needed equipment for the health care system, as well as by providing hygiene products for the most vulnerable families and children, fully supports the national efforts to protect the population. We greatly appreciate the contribution of the private sector to our work - both for our regular programmes for children and in emergencies like the one we are all facing now. The business community has shown true solidarity, and in a time of economic uncertainty, has committed part of its revenues to helping those who need it the most. I thank all the companies that donated to UNICEF to help us in our joint fight against COVID-19 and to save lives in Serbia,” said Regina De Dominicis, UNICEF Serbia Representative.
Many other companies and individuals have responded to UNICEF's call for donations to procure essential medical and protective equipment: Nordeus, Raiffeisen Bank, I&F McCann Group, Vojvodjanska Bank, Phi Academy, Petite Geneve Petrovic Serbia, Mol Serbia, Continental automotive Serbia, the Recyclers Association of Serbia, EXLRT, Execom, Kalemegdan Development, Prozone, Eco Hellenic, Telegroup, Orion Telecom, and UNICEF National Ambassador Ana Ivanovic.
The number of companies that responded to our call indicates that there is a strong awareness in the business community that working together is a force that can benefit all of us.
As an international organization with extensive experience in providing assistance in 300 emergencies every year, UNICEF works to find solutions to current market constraints.
Solidarity in difficult times is key in order to tackle the challenges we face together. Humanity is facing a global crisis that does not recognize borders and the speed at which we will overcome this crisis depends on our humane and united response.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org/serbia