COVID-19: UNICEF distributes more than 300,000 hygiene supplies to protect the most vulnerable groups in Thailand
BANGKOK, 3 June 2021 – As Thailand grapples with the third and worst wave of COVID-19, UNICEF is distributing more than 300,000 items of hygiene supplies and learning materials to vulnerable children and families to keep children healthy and learning in affected communities and high-risk provinces and facilities including juvenile training centres.
Reaching more than 63,000 disadvantaged children and families, these soaps, hand gels, alcohol sprays and refills, disinfectants and child and adult-size face masks, as well as books and toys, will support children’s development and wellbeing at home during prolonged school closures.
Hygiene supplies, in particular, will help protect the most disadvantaged groups of children and young people in juvenile training centres and observation and protection centres, welfare and protection centres, migrant learning centres and schools for children with disabilities as well as in densely populated communities in Bangkok and high-risk provinces facing COVID-19 outbreaks.
Earlier in mid-May, UNICEF delivered more than 22,000 relief kits with ultra-heat treated (UHT) milk, hygiene supplies, books, toys and learning materials to children and families affected by the COVID-19 outbreak in Klongtoey, Thailand’s largest low-income community in Bangkok, with the support of the non-governmental organization Klongtoey Dee Jung and local partners as well as volunteers mobilized through UNICEF’s volunteer programme I Am UNICEF.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in Thailand, UNICEF has delivered almost 700,000 hygiene and learning supplies to vulnerable families to support children’s development and wellbeing throughout the pandemic.
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