Since the COVID-19 outbreak in Egypt, UNICEF has procured and delivered more than 950,000 units of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the Ministry of Health and Population. This crucial equipment includes face shields, gloves and surgical gowns. UNICEF has also procured 25 respiratory ventilators to help treat COVID-19 patients in Egypt.
“Combatting an unprecedented global pandemic like COVID-19 requires extended collective work. Hence, we are proud to be collaborating with our partners and donors, to support the Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population who is working tirelessly to limit the spread of COVID-19,” said Jeremy Hopkins, UNICEF Representative in Egypt.
The Personal Protective Equipment, which was transported with the support of the World Food Programme, will help protect medical personnel and primary healthcare staff who are the first responders on the frontline, providing care and treatment to those affected by the virus.
In April 2020, UNICEF launched a joint tender on behalf of several UN organizations for the period covering till the end of 2020 for access to PPE supplies.
The objective of the tender led by UNICEF is to establish supply agreements with high impact suppliers to ensure the timely, uninterrupted, sustainable supply of affordable, quality assured PPE products.
On a parallel front, UNICEF is working on preventative actions to protect the health of children and their parents and caregivers.
Since the COVID-19 outbreak, UNICEF has reached more than 1.3 million people in Egypt with disinfectants.
“The frontline workers are everyday heroes; they are the ones who relentlessly work for our safety and the safety of our children. UNICEF is proud and honored to contribute to their safety. We also want to thank the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) for its extensive and timely efforts to curb this virus,” added Hopkins.
n collaboration with partners, UNICEF is also responding to misinformation, promoting awareness, and healthy hygiene practices; as well as, availing preventative messages along with psychological support through digital platforms.
UNICEF is working relentlessly along with partners; not only, to curb the spread of COVID-19; but also, to mitigate the knock-on effects of this pandemic on vulnerable children and their families.