Swiss Government and UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) continue to deliver supplies in support of the frontline medical workers to tackle COVID-19
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in Tajikistan and UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) continue delivering critical equipment supplies to support Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Republic of Tajikistan in the battle against COVID-19.
Dushanbe, Tajikistan, June 2, 2020. As part of joint efforts to strengthen the national capacity of Tajikistan in response to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-2019), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) continue delivering lifesaving medical supplies and protective gears to frontline medical professionals to support their fight against COVID19 in the country.
Through partnership with UNICEF, Swiss Agency for Development in Tajikistan procured 67,200 medical gowns, 40,320 fog resistant face shields and 2,244 medical goggles in a total amount of $315,000. This protective equipment is being delivered from UNICEF’s Shanghai Distribution Centre.
Since the beginning of COVID-19 pandemics, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in Tajikistan provided support through partners like UNICEF, Agencies of AKDN and other organizations to support the Government of Tajikistan to tackle immediate threat of the COVID-19 to the health of the population.
“It will be soon three months since WHO has declared the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus a pandemic. Numbers of people infected and dying because of the virus are still on the rise all over the planet. Health officials and health workers – the most exposed category - are under tremendous strain, also here in Tajikistan. Switzerland continues to support Tajikistan in the effort to curb the spread of the pandemic and its devastating impact. In partnership with UNICEF and the EU, Switzerland makes available personal protective equipment (PPE) for doctors and other health workers. The use of PPE is vital for them. Most of Tajiks are now wearing masks and gloves. However, we should not forget that, after usage these items are hazardous and may cause further contamination. It is very important to check and validate the current procedures for a correct disposal of PPE and other protective items and to ensure that appropriate measures are taken to avoid collateral damages.” - noted the Head of Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in Tajikistan, Ms. Walburga Roos.
"Most of Tajiks are now wearing masks and gloves. However, we should not forget that, after usage these items are hazardous and may cause further contamination. It is very important to check and validate the current procedures for a correct disposal of PPE and other protective items and to ensure that appropriate measures are taken to avoid collateral damages.”
UNICEF Tajikistan has been committed to support key partners from the Government of Tajikistan and since February, at the request of the Government and with the support of key partners like the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and European Union has procured and delivered four batches of PPEs, disinfectant and hygiene-related supplies. UNICEF is also a lead on Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE), working through partners to produce vital communication materials to support COVID-19 prevention in public places, including hospitals and primary health facilities, building capacities of medical professionals and frontline workers in the scope of partnership with different organizations to adequately respond to the threat of the COVID19.
Mr. Makkawi Khogali, Representative of UNICEF in Tajikistan added: “UNICEF across the globe, including in Tajikistan is working through partners to make life saving equipment’s and materials available for those in need, especially health workers and medical professionals fighting COVID19 in the frontlines. We remain committed to support the Government of Tajikistan and thank our partners from Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) for their support.”
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The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is the technical authority of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of the Swiss Confederation. SDC is responsible for the overall coordination of activities in developing countries and countries of Eastern Europe. as well as for humanitarian assistance from Switzerland.
Within its Cooperation Strategy for 2017-2021 such as a) Water, Infrastructure and Climate Change; b) Health; c) Governance, Institutions and Decentralization; d) Employment and Economic Development. The overall goal of the Swiss Cooperation in Tajikistan is peace and social cohesion as well as responsive and inclusive institutions and sustainable development improve the population’s well-being. www.eda.admin.ch/dushanbe
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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. UNICEF operates in Tajikistan since 1993.
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