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UNICEF partners with Red Cross against COVID-19

UNICEF Lesotho Country Representative, Anurita Bains

Oct. 21, 2020 2 min read

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THE United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Lesotho has joined forces with the Lesotho Red Cross Society (LRCS) to support the government’s efforts in responding to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic through programmes on risk communication and community engagement (RCCE).

The two humanitarian partners will also provide wash services to 300 schools and 150 communities in six districts.

Funding for the two projects amounts to M11.9 million and M2.5 million of that sum will cater for the RCCE while M9.4 million will be utilised in WASH activities.

The Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) project is aimed at strengthening community-level risk communication, coordination structures and critical WASH services and supplies to respond to and control COVID 19 infections in the six districts.

The programme will be implemented in Maseru, Qacha’s Nek, Leribe, Mafeteng, Mokhotlong and Quthing.

The Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) project, on the other hand, aims to improve hygiene infrastructure and behavior in schools.

The project will be implemented in schools located in Qacha’s Nek, Thaba-Tseka, Mokhotlong and Botha-Bothe.

Permanent hand-washing facilities will be built in 300 schools which include primary and high schools.

Promotion of hygiene will be emphasised in the targeted areas in order to improve hand-washing behaviour in the earmarked schools.

Learners and teachers will among others be trained on good hygiene practices.

The programmes will also include a series of trainings for key community structures and LRCS volunteers.

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“UNICEF has been preparing and responding to the epidemic of COVID-19 around the world, knowing that the virus could spread to children in any country or community. We continue to work with governments and partners to stop transmission of the virus, and to keep children and their families’ safe,” said Ms Anurita Bains, UNICEF Lesotho Country Representative.

For its part, LRCS highly appreciates the unwavering support it gets from UNICEF Lesotho in availing the support for COVID 19 response activities.

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