The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) wants to strengthen the protection of disadvantaged children as part of the response to Covid-19 in Cameroon. To this end, on 30 April this year, the UN agency handed over equipment and means to the Cameroonian government to help those children.
“Unicef is working for the protection of vulnerable children and has provided us with hygiene kits so that we can give them to those in charge of private social works,” explained the Minister of Social Affairs, Pauline Irène Nguéné.
The donation is intended for 35 care and support institutions for vulnerable children in the cities of Yaoundé and Douala. Each beneficiary institution has been provided with sprayers, hand-washing machines, thermo-flashes, soaps, and disinfectants, as well as protective equipment such as masks and gloves.
“Through my voice, Unicef reaffirms its commitment to continue to help the government and the Ministry of Social Affairs in the response to Covid-19, so that together we can block the way to this epidemic and its harmful consequences and ensure that the most vulnerable and at-risk children in all regions affected by the pandemic are assisted and protected,” said Jacques Boyer, the representative of Unicef-Cameroon.
Unicef hopes to reach 1,575 children and train 175 caregivers through this initiative. “By supporting the efforts of the government and its civil society partners to block the road to Covid-19, UNICEF intends to continue to contribute to the strengthening of child protection mechanisms against this pandemic and its direct and indirect consequences on family units and communities, to provide opportunities for all children- especially those from the most disadvantaged strata- to benefit from adequate protection measures against the virus and the violent effects, abuse, and exploitation due to Covid-19,” explained the representative of Unicef-Cameroon.