US Agency for International Development and UNICEF support Belarus in the COVID response effort

UNICEF, with USAID support and in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, as well as with the non-government organizations and volunteers, take active actions to prevent COVID-19 spread in Belarus.  

On April 24, UNICEF delivered 25 boxes of antiseptics to the Republican Scientific Practical Center of Transfusiology and Medical Technologies in the framework of a joint project with USAID. From April 30 - May 2,  the project supplied 1,500 liters of sanitizer, 1,160 liters of antibacterial soap, and 180 elbow dispensers to nine institutions for children with disabilities around the country.

In collaboration with the Belarusian Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education (BelMAPO), the project made eight videos to educate medical professionals, who work with patients infected with coronavirus, in efficient and safe use of personal protective equipment. The videos also demonstrated practices of improving the quality of medical assistance to patients in need of respiratory support. Also, two video clips were produced to educate the public at large in good hand washing habits and use of face coverings as a preventive measure. 

Since April 30, BelMAPO kicked off a series of webinars to discuss the organization and provision of emergency psychological assistance and support to health, labor, and social protection specialists who work with patients infected with COVID-19.  Since May 4, individual consultations have been provided to health workers and specialists of residential institutions. Consultations are available from Monday-Friday from 10 - 13:00; and on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 16 - 19:00 by Skype (the nickname is Belmapominsk).