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Jan 14, 2021

UNICEF Donates Over $157K Worth of PPE Supplies to G.O.B.

UNICEF handed over to the Ministries of Human Development and Health and Wellness P.P.E. supplies to support the national response to COVID-19. On Wednesday, two containers filled with synthetic blankets, N95 masks, face shields and other supplies were offloaded with assistance from the Belize Defense Force for distribution today. News Five spoke with UNICEF’s Monitoring and Evaluation Officer Paulette Wade.


Paulette Wade

Paulette Wade, Monitoring & Evaluation Officer, UNICEF

“Remember that along with COVID-19, we also had several bouts with flooding so part of what we are giving to Ministry of Health and Human Development is to support them in terms of COVID as well as in other disasters that we might face. Two thousand blankets for Ministry of Health; we are also giving thermometers so that community health workers who are in the villages and rural communities have access to thermometers. We are giving masks, the K95s; we are also giving face shields as protection to support our frontline workers to ensure that they are properly protected as they support all communities in terms of the response to COVID. Human development is the same thing, while you might say that they are not directly frontline workers, as you understand the state of play in terms of mental health and in terms of increase in family based violence. You are going to understand that the human development, the social workers they also need to be protected because they also have to respond in the context o COVID to whatever family issues might arise and whatever children might need their support during this time.”

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