This project aims to reach up to 30,000 migrant workers.
“We know that early intervention is key to avoiding the spread of the virus,” said Severine Leonardi, Unicef deputy representative for Thailand. “This supply and informational support for migrants aims to ensure their health and safety and equip them with knowledge for Covid-19 prevention as a community in the long term. The fight against Covid-19 must leave no one behind, no matter their status.”
Unicef is delivering critical supplies, including Covid-19 booklets and 10,000 soaps and hand sanitisers, to the Migrant Workers Rights Network, Foundation for Rural Youth and Proud Association for distribution to migrant workers in Samut Sakhon province and affected areas nearby. Supplies including 1,800 isolation gowns, 650 face shields, 400 boxes of disposable face masks, 380 boxes of gloves and 100 gallons of disinfectant are also distributed to staff, migrant health volunteers and translators who are supporting public health officers in tracing and follow-up with Covid-19 cases in the affected communities.
In addition to supply distribution, UNICEF and USAID are supporting NGO Raks Thai Foundation to train migrant community leaders and members to screen for Covid-19, share related messages and engage others in establishing Covid-19 prevention measures in 40 communities in high-risk areas, including the Samut Sakhon, Samut Prakarn, Rayong and Chantaburi provinces.
UNICEF is also expanding support to migrant learning centres and communities in Mae Sot district of Tak province through online learning support, teacher outreach and internet provision for teachers.
Published : January 15, 2021
By : The Nation