UNICEF Timor-Leste hands over one of the largest ever shipments of personal protective equipment to the Ministry of Health

25 August 2020
UNICEF Timor-Leste hands over one of the largest ever shipments of personal protective equipment  to the Ministry of Health
UNICEF Timor-Leste/2020/Galvin

DILI, 25 August 2020 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today handed over to the Ministry of Health (MoH) one of the largest ever shipments of personal protective equipment (PPE) to be brought into Timor-Leste since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis. The supplies will be used for case management of COVID-19 as well as to ensure that health workers have the necessary tools to continue to safely provide routine essential health services. 

The handover ceremony took place at the SAMES Central Medical Store in Dili and was attended by  Her Excellency, the Honorable Dr. Odete Maria Freitas Belo, Minister of Health, and Valérie Taton, UNICEF Representative in Timor-Leste. Also present at the ceremony was Dr Rajesh Pandav, Acting United Nations Resident Coordinator and Representative of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Timor-Leste; Mr. Peter Roberts, Ambassador of Australia to Timor-Leste; Mr. Simon Le Grand, Head of Cooperation at the European Union in Timor-Leste; Mr. Jose Pereira, Officer-in-Charge of the Asian Development Bank in Timor-Leste; and other partners.

“The Ministry of Health warmly welcomes this significant shipment of PPE, which will go a long way in protecting the health of not only our frontline health workers, but people across Timor-Leste who access healthcare centers and services,” said Dr. Belo. “We are grateful for UNICEF’s support in ensuring the critical equipment is of high quality, and has arrived at a critical juncture in our country’s fight against COVID-19, when we cannot afford to let our guard down.” 

The equipment, totaling more than 100,000 individual items, includes surgical and N95 masks, face shields, safety goggles, surgical and examination gloves, protective coveralls and recyclable shoecovers. They will be distributed to isolation centres and to frontline health workers in more than 70 healthcare centers across the country, in all 13 municipalities.

“UNICEF is extremely pleased to be able to support the Ministry of Health in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by handing over one of the largest shipments of PPE to ever be brought into the country,” said Valérie Taton, UNICEF’s Representative in Timor-Leste. “These supplies are absolutely crucial in ensuring we are protecting both our frontline healthcare workers and children and families everywhere, who must be able to continue accessing essential and routine health services in a safe enviroment.”

This shipment of supplies was made possible thanks to funding from the Asian Development Bank, GAVI – The Vaccine Alliance, the European Union, and UNICEF Australia. 

UNICEF Australia supported the procurement of these items thanks to generous donations provided from the Australian public to UNICEF Australia’s COVID-19 appeal. 

For more information, contact:

Ministry of Health:
Mr. Raul Sarmento, coordinator of Pillar 2 (Risk Communication and Community Engagement): raulsarmento2@gmail.com

UNICEF:
Rukshan Ratnam, Communication Specialist: +670 77231103; rratnam@unicef.org (English)

Antonio Gomez, Communication Officer: +670 77232441; angomez@unicef.org (Tetun)
 

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UNICEF entrega remesa ekipamentu protesaun pesoal barak ba Ministeriu Saúde

Dili, 25 Agostu 2020 – Fundus Nasoins Unidas ba Labarik (UNICEF sigla Ingl’es) entrega ohin loron ba Ministeriu Saúde remesa ekipamentu protesaun pesoal barak (EPP) lori mai Timor-Leste hahú krizi COVID-19. Suprimentu sira ne’e sei uza hodi jere COVID-19 no mós garante katak professional saude sira iha ekipamentu nesesaria atu kontinua fornese servisu saude esensial rutina.

Serimonia entrega ne’e halao iha Serviço Autonoma de Medicamentos e Equipamentos de Saúde (SAMES) iha Dili, no marka prezensa husi Sua Exelensia Dra. Odete Maria Freitas Belo, Ministra Saúde no Valérie Taton, Reprezentativa UNICEF iha Timor-Leste. Marka prezensa mós Sr. Rajesh Pandav, Enkarregadu Kordenador Rezidente Nasoins Unidas no Reprezentativa Organizasaun Mundial Saúde iha Timor-Leste, Sr. Piter Roberts, Embaxador Australia iha Timor-Leste, Sr. Simon Le Grand, Xefe Koperasaun Uniaun Europeia iha Timor-Leste, Sr. José Pereira, Ofisial Enkarregadu Banku Dezenvolvimentu Aziatiku iha Timor-Leste no parseiru sira seluk.  

“Ministeriu saude fó bem vindu ba ekipamentu protesaun pesoal (EPP), ne’ebe sei uza hodi proteje saude laos ba deit professional saude liña oin sira, maibe ba mós ema sira mak iha asesu ba sentru kuidadu saude no servisu sira,” dehan Dra. Belo. “ita agradese tebes ba UNICEF nia apoiu hodi garante ekipamentu esensial laos deit ho kualidae aas, no to’o ona iha momentu kritiku wainhira ita luta hela hasoru COVID-19, wainhira ita la lakon atensaun.”  

Total ekipamentu individual 100.000 liu sira ne’e inklui maskara serurjika no maskara N95, protetor oin, ókulu asegura oin, luvas serurjika no izaminasaun, no vestuariu servisu-nian. Ekipamentu sira ne;e sei distribui ba profesional saude liña oin sira iha sentru saude 70 resin iha país ne’e, iha  munisipiu 13 hotu.

“UNICEF kontente tebes tamba bele apoia Ministeriu Saúde hodi hatan ba pandemia COVID-19
Liu husi entrega remesa bo’ot EPP mak hatama mai país ne’e,” dehan Valerie Taton, Reprezentativa UNICEF iha Timor-Leste. “Suprimentu sira ne’e esensial tebes hodi garante protesaun ba ita hotu nia professional kuidadu saude liña oin sira no labarik ho sira-nia familia sira iha fatin hotu, ba sira ne’ebe hetan asesu bebeik servisu saude esensial no rutina iha ambiente seguru.” 

Remesa suprimentu sira ne’e to’o ohin loron tamba apoiu finansiamentu husi Banku Dezenvolvimentu Aziatiku, GAVI – Aliansa Vasina, Uniaun Europeia, no UNICEF Australia.
 
UNICEF Australia mós apoia ona prokuramentu ekipamentu sira ne’e ho grasa doasaun husi publiku Australia ba UNICEF Australia nia apelu ba COVID-19.

 

Ba informasaun Detallu kontaktu:
 

Ministeriu Saúde:
Mr. Raul Sarmento, coordinator of Pillar 2 (Risk Communication and Community Engagement): raulsarmento2@gmail.com

UNICEF Timor-Leste:
Rukshan Ratnam, Communication Specialist: +670 77231103; rratnam@unicef.org (English)
Antonio Gomez, Communication Officer: +670 77232441; angomez@unicef.org (Tetun)
 

Media Contacts

Rukshan Ratnam
Communication Specialist (English)
UNICEF Timor-Leste
Tel: +67077231103
Tel: +670 331 1300, Extension: 1820
Antonio Gomes
Communication Officer (Tetum)
UNICEF Timor-Leste
Tel: +670 7723 2441
Tel: +670 331 1300, Extension: 1821

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