UNICEF provides PPEs worth US$14.5 million to Pakistan to fight against COVID-19

ISLAMABAD: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is set to provide US$14.5 million PPEs (Personal Protective Equipment) to Pakistan to help contain the spread of Covid-19 pandemic in the country.

According to the document of the UNICEF Pakistan is supporting Ministry of National Health Services Regulations & Coordination, to procure PPEs test kits and medicines for a total value of US$14.5 million with funding support from World Bank (US$8.5 million), ADB (US$0.5 million and Gavi The Vaccine Alliance (US$5, 5 million).

The PPEs will be distributed to hospitals, isolation centres, quarantine areas and frontline vaccinators.

So far PPEs worth US$2 million have been delivered and handed over to MNHSR&C for distribution.

UNICEF is arranging the shipment of more PPEs through WFP Transport Common Services to arrive through Karachi, starting 13 July, on behalf of MNHSR&C.

The WFP flights are being made available for free to all COVID-19 response humanitarian actors. A total of 168 test kits(1, 000 tests per kit) with a total value of US$ 2.4 million, funded from World Bank funding are expected to arrive in Pakistan.