UNDP is working with the Government of Nepal and the UN Country Team to support the country's preparedness to face the mounting public health emergency, respond to the socio-economic impact of the protracted lockdown on the most vulnerable, and support longer-term recovery measures.
In terms of health support system, UNDP has been active through its different activities to procure and distribute PPEs, support the assessment of quarantine centers, crisis communication and management and providing support to frontline health workers for protection against COVID-19.
Supporting Local Governments
Under the leadership of Ministry of Health and Population, local authorities are responding to COVID-19. Since, the very beginning of the nationwide lock down, UNDP’s Comprehensive Disaster Management Program (CDRMP) has initiated efforts for effective preparedness and response against COVID-19 with support from EU Humanitarian Aid. Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)s have been in short supply and Nepal is no exception. On 2 April, UNDP supported 9000 surgical masks, 3000 gloves, 2000 hand sanitizers, PPE kits & IEC materials to Lalitpur municipality, Bharatpur metropolitan city, Gorkha municipality and Bhimeshor municipality.
UNDP recognized the severity of the situation and took initiatives to aid the local level communicate risk safe practices on public health measures like hand hygiene, sanitation and social distancing and improve their preparedness against COVID-19 at the local level. As part of its support to health support system, UNDP’s field offices hands over sugical masks to the respective local government. Details below:
August 11, 2020. UNDP handed over 1 Ribonucleic Acid (RNA) automated extraction machine to Office of Ministers and Chief Minister in Sudurpaschim Province to strengthen PCR tests capacity to contain COVID19.
12 April 2021. As part of our ongoing initiative to help Nepal respond to #COVID19, UNDP Nepal handed over 22,000 rapid antigen test kits to the Department of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Population. These test kits will be immediately sent to Sudurpaschim Province and Lumbini Province. UNDP Resident Representative Ayshanie Medagangoda Labe handed over the kits to Dr. Dipendra Raman Singh, Director General of the Department of Health Services.
11 June 2021. UNDP handed over 400 oxygen concentrators to the Government of Nepal, Ministry of Health and Population. Provided as part of UNDP’s emergency COVID response, these machines are expected to help ease the shortage of medical oxygen experienced by hospitals in provinces. Distributed equitably to all the provinces in coordination with MoHP, these machines have already reached to the respective province. More here