Switzerland, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) support urgent measures to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19 on both banks of Nistru river. The Swiss contribution of approx. $580,000 will support the Republic of Moldova in its fight against the pandemic.
10 mobile ventilators for intensive care units along shall be delivered to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Social Protection. The equipment was purchased by UNDP from the funds provided by Switzerland.
At the same time, WHO helps the Ministry of Health, Labour and Social Protection and the National Agency for Public Health to coordinate and monitor the actions to respond to and contain COVID-19.
The capacities of the primary and mother & child health care institutions from both banks of the Nistru river to prevent infection and implement control measures are being strengthened.
The new intervention also covers development of mental health and psychological support for health workers during and after the outbreak. WHO has developed algorithms and counseling and intervention guidelines for psycho-emotional aspects and mental health and has conducted virtual trainings for psychologists and non-medical staff. Psychological support teams were created, as part of the medical institutions involved in COVID-19 response.
“From the first days of the outbreak, Switzerland, WHO and UNDP provided their help in terms of expertise, guidance and financial means. We are confident that together we will overcome the challenges during these difficult times,” said Viorica Dumbraveanu, Minister of Health, Labour and Social Protection.
The UN Development System in Moldova and development partners have been actively supporting the national response to the pandemic through the coordinated activities aiming to protect people, increase capacities of a healthcare system and reduce the economic and social shocks.
Contact for mass-media: Laura Bohantova, Communications Analyst, UNDP Moldova, tel +373 685 11 883, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org