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Sep 2, 2020

Belize Red Cross Response to COVID-19 Situation

Lily Bowman

From disaster response to COVID-19; Director General of the Belize Red Cross, Lily Bowman says that the organization and its volunteers have been actively working throughout the country to assist those who are most affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Bowman says that through their extensive networking, the elderly and persons living with disabilities were assisted; in fact, over four thousand five hundred families have received some level of support from the Belize Red Cross countrywide.

 

Lily Bowman, Director General, Belize Red Cross

“Since April we have been responding to the needs that have emerged through the COVID-19 situation in Belize. Our major areas of assistance was for food, hygiene kits and information—education about the virus and about the precautionary measures that can be put in place, etc. etc.  So far, we have done two rounds of distribution, our selected target groups were the older people, persons living with disabilities and migrants. After that, we looked at single-headed homes, people who might have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 situation; however, we did not want to duplicate what the government is doing. We have assisted four thousand five hundred and seventy-eight families so far, which would equate to approximately twenty-two thousand eight hundred and twenty persons. We have assisted the Ministry of Health with hygiene materials, with sheets and pillows and blankets for the isolation and quarantine centres. We had distributed hygiene kits as well; our volunteers put together custom made COVID-19 hygiene kits and we have given out to several organizations, including the police, the B.D.F., P.S.U., Salvation Army, Mental Health Resource Centre, BAPDA, City Council. So we have been doing quite a number of that. We have been distributing masks as well. Just today, we support CEMO with the infrared thermometer guns and it continues. We have started now with back to school assistance. We are giving eighteen hundred school bags with school supplies to middle and upper ages of primary school students. We had started distributing but then the S.O.E. came in and we lifted until that is lifted and we can continue in time for the reopening of schools.”


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