UNDP Supports Ethiopia’s COVID-19 Response

ADDIS ABABA – The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has handed over various medical and ICT tools to support critical business continuity of Ethiopia’s public service during the COVID19 pandemic.

The materials include Personal Protection Equipments, which worth over 930,000 US dollars.

The COVID19 response items were handed over to the Federal Civil Service Commission on behalf of the Government on Friday.

They will be distributed to 34 ministries and other public agencies including Ministry Peace, the Police Commission, and several regional states as well as local manufacturing industries industrial parks, according to UNDP.

The handover is part of UNDP’s global COVID19 response where the emphasis is on helping countries to prevent, manage, and more importantly to mitigate impacts of the pandemic.

Here in Ethiopia, UNDP led a UN exercise to assess the Socio-Economic Impact of the Pandemic on the Country that calls on an integrated and whole of government approach.

The exercise also helps the East African nation avoid artificial demarcation between response and recovery as well as between the health, humanitarian and socio-economic dimensions of this pandemic.

As of Thursday, Ethiopia has tested nearly 700, 000 people, and confirmed 35, 836 cases including 620 deaths.

Featured Image: [Left to right] Berhanu Feyissa, Deputy Commissioner of the Federal Civil Service Commission and Turhan Saleh, UNDP Ethiopia Resident Representative