COVID-19: UNICEF and partners distribute critical supplies to children and families in need in Thailand
Bangkok 28 April 2020 – UNICEF Thailand , Foundation for Slum Child Care (FSCC) and Friends-International (Thailand), are distributing critical supplies including soap and hand-sanitizers while promoting health and hygiene practice in Bangkok’s poor communities such as Klongtoey and Rongwai in order to help curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic and protect the most vulnerable children and families from the virus.
The COVID-19 crisis has forced economies to shut down, and turned lives upside down, especially of the poorest and the most vulnerable populations. Families are lacking income and live-saving supplies, including soap hand-sanitizers and masks, which are necessary for protecting themselves during the pandemic.
In addition to poor communities, UNICEF is distributing more than 150,000 bars of soap and hand sanitizers, recently donated by Unilever Thailand, to help protect vulnerable children and young people including those living in street situation, welfare and protection centres, residential care institutions and those accessing migrant learning centres, juvenile observation and protection centres and juvenile training centres, as well as early childhood development centres and schools across the country.
In addition to supply distribution, UNICEF, FSCC and partners are advocating for increased cash assistance and adoption of universal approach of the Child Support Grant – a scheme which currently provides 600-baht monthly cash allowance to poor families with children up to six years old. The recommendation aims to help families tackle emerging burdens due to COVID-19 crisis and ensure that no child is left behind.
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