UNICEF Turkmenistan partners with USAID to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as per the country’s preparedness and response plan
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Turkmenistan recently partnered with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) on preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the country. Activities under this partnership will be in line with Turkmenistan’s recently adopted Country Preparedness and Response Plan to the pandemic.
The United States Government provided 500,000 U.S. dollars to UNICEF through USAID to reach children and their families, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers as well as children with disabilities, including in residential care, with accurate information on how to prevent infection and spread of COVID-19. UNICEF will partner with the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry, Ministry of Education, State Committee on TV and Radio Broadcasting and Cinematography, and public organizations, such as the Women’s Union and the National Red Crescent Society to disseminate targeted messages and information to the wider public on COVID-19 and acute respiratory infections, preventive measures, symptoms and points of referral. This will include TV social advertisements, animations and online articles, and social media posts.
Under the agreement, UNICEF also plans to train frontline health workers on infection prevention and control throughout the country in coordination with WHO and to procure medical supplies and equipment to support the preparedness efforts of the health system. Together with partners on the ground, UNICEF will aim to provide support to selected high-risk communities, schools and health facilities to improve access to water, sanitation, and hygiene services.
UNICEF expresses its appreciation to the Government of the United States for contributing to its efforts to support the preparedness and prevention of the spread of COVID-19 among children and families in Turkmenistan.
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