Thanks to the support of AICS Addis Abeba, UNAIDS Ethiopia delivered Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for COVID19 to two different CSOs that work with people living with HIV: the Network of networks of HIV positives in Ethiopia (NEP+) and the National Network of Positive Women in Ethiopia (NNPWE).
Disposable gloves, face masks, hand sanitizers, and hand soaps will support the PLHIV community in applying safety measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Some existing funds have been relocated to this purpose. During a global pandemic, in fact, it is more important than ever to protect people’s health everywhere: in Italy, Ethiopia, and the rest of the world, in order to protect the common good and everyone’s future.
As Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, stated in his official tweets:
"COVID19 is reminding us of a simple but vital truth: we are one species, sharing one planet."
(during the Earth Day, 22nd of April)
"Now more than ever, it's time for unity to defeat the common enemy & keep the world safe."
(20th of April)
The Ethiopian Ministry of Health launched an informative and monitoring platform of COVID19 situation in Ethiopia for the community, available also in English on: https://www.covid19.et/covid-19/
AICS Addis Abeba, together with other 29 bilateral and multilateral donors in the country, is part of the Development Assistance Group (DAG) which has the objective of coordinate, catalyze and harmonize the aid for development in Ethiopia to guarantee its effectiveness, efficiency, alignment and sustainability towards the achievement of the SDGs.
During this emergency, coordination is more than ever crucial, together with the humanitarian actors in connection with the National Disaster Risk Management (NDRM) Commission and the Emergency Coordination Center (ECC) of the Ethiopian Government for a better multisectoral response.
We conclude with the invitation of the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, in his videomessage to the Italians for the Easter:
“Let’s avoid the spread of the virus and let’s instead allow the spread of the solidarity among us.”
Photo credits: © UNAIDS
Image: screenshot of the initial page of the informative and monitoring platform of the Ethiopian Ministry of Health on 27th April