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United States, UNICEF Continue to Strengthen Lao PDR’s COVID-19 Response

UNICEF Lao PDR has provided loudspeakers, amplifiers and microphones to the Lao Women’s Union to raise awareness at the community level about COVID-19 and safety measures to prevent it.

The supplies were supported with funding from the United States Government through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

“We have managed to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the Lao PDR so far thanks to the support of our partners but it is crucial to further strengthen preparedness measures. In this regard, we need to keep on spreading messages to inform the population about prevention measures so that they, particularly the most vulnerable women and children, stay safe should there be another wave,” said Vice President of the Lao Women’s Union Bouachanh Syhanath.

The loudspeakers will be distributed in 50 villages of Savannakhet, Saravan and Xekong provinces and in Sangthong district — Vientiane to protect women and children from the virus, as well as to promote their rights at village level.

As part of the grant, the LWU will be trained on the use of the equipment.

“We are proud to partner with and support the Government of the Lao PDR’s efforts to ensure the health and wellbeing of the people of Laos in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic,” said US Ambassador to the Lao PDR Peter M. Haymond. “I commend the government on their leadership and success to date in sharing prevention and safety messages among the population.”

“Misinformation during COVID-19 has been a major hurdle. Along with the Government of the Lao PDR, UNICEF has produced and disseminated science-based messages on how to stay safe and promoting handwashing with soap, use of masks and physical distance. We have produced guidelines and spots that now can be amplified through the loudspeakers handed over today. All these efforts to win the battle against the pandemic will contribute to maintain hard-fought gains in the area of children’s wellbeing,” explained UNICEF Representative to Lao PDR Pia Rebello Britto.

UNICEF is firmly committed to strengthening its working partnership with the Government of the Lao PDR to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and to supporting the Lao PDR’s pandemic response.

Source: Lao News Agency