UNICEF flies in additional 12 tons of supplies to support China’s response to COVID-19

Engaging and raising awareness among population also key to overcome outbreak

01 March 2020
Cynthia McCaffrey, UNICEF Representative to China, presents a handover certificate to Xu Xingfeng, Deputy Commissioner of the Commissioner’s Office in Shanghai under the Ministry of Commerce, at the cargo area of Pudong International Airport in Shanghai on 1 March 2020.
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Cynthia McCaffrey, UNICEF Representative to China, presents a handover certificate to Xu Xingfeng, Deputy Commissioner of the Commissioner’s Office in Shanghai under the Ministry of Commerce, at the cargo area of Pudong International Airport in Shanghai on 1 March 2020. The latest UNICEF shipment of medical supplies for health workers, weighing more than 12 tons, was delivered to the Government of China in Shanghai to support its response to the COVID-19 virus outbreak. The supplies will be dispatched to Wuhan and other regions in Hubei Province.

SHANGHAI, CHINA, 1 March 2020 – The latest UNICEF shipment of medical supplies for health workers, weighing more than 12 tons, was delivered to the Government of China in Shanghai today to support its response to the COVID-19 virus outbreak.

The 100 cubic meter consignment, procured by UNICEF from Germany, includes masks, protective clothing, goggles, medical gloves, thermometers, sample collection kits, and hand sanitizers, to help bridge the gap of essential supplies required for those working to curb the virus. The supplies will be dispatched to Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak since the end of December 2019, and other regions in Hubei Province.

2020年3月1日,在上海浦东国际机场货运站,联合国儿童基金会在上海向中国政府移交最新一批援助中国的医疗物资,来自商务部驻上海特派员办事处、联合国儿童基金会驻华办事处、中国邮政以及上海浦东国际机场货运站的工作人员合影。

The latest shipment brought the total worth of UNICEF-donated supplies to nearly USD 1 million, with a combined weight of more than 30 tons. The first batch of supplies arrived in Wuhan on 30 January, while the second batch was delivered to Beijing just days after.

“With tens of thousands being treated for COVID-19, there are still shortfalls in supplies among health workers in China. UNICEF is helping bridge the immediate gap by providing personal protective equipment and medical/hospital equipment. We are here with China every step of the way to help address the outbreak,” said Cynthia McCaffrey, UNICEF Representative to China, upon handover of the supplies to the Government of China at the Pudong International Airport in Shanghai.

In addition to providing emergency supplies, UNICEF is also working with the World Health Organization, the National Health Commission and other partners to strengthen risk communication and tackle misinformation so that children, pregnant women and their families know how to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Working alongside the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF helped develop online training modules for health workers across the country on the prevention and treatment of the disease. A set of frequently asked questions and health guidance for pregnant women and children were also developed and circulated.

2020年3月1日,在上海浦东国际机场货运站,最新一批联合国儿童基金会援助中国的医疗物资移交给中国政府后,立即经由中国邮政的物流系统转运至疫情最为严重的武汉及湖北省其他地区,用于支持中国抗击2019冠状病毒病疫情。

UNICEF is also partnering with the Department of the Protection of the Rights of Youth under the Central Committee of the Communist Youth League of China to provide mental health and psychosocial support to adolescents who have been staying at home over recent weeks, with school reopening postponed due to the outbreak.

“UNICEF is working with government and UN partners to equip people with information that helps them stay healthy and stay safe,” said McCaffrey. “With health workers and other people in related areas, parents and children themselves, we are promoting healthy behaviours and strengthening public health capacity in communities across China.”

In addition to meeting children and women’s immediate needs, UNICEF is looking at the outbreak’s wider implications, focusing on the safe delivery of essential health and social services, education, child protection services, as well as psychosocial support and stigma prevention for affected children and families.

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Sonia Yeo

Chief of Communication and Advocacy

UNICEF China

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Liu Li

Communication Specialist

UNICEF China

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