Social protection – uprooting inequalities
UNDP is working with WHO and other UN agencies and international partners to help the GoIRA to strengthen the First Line of Defense and Enhancing Health Sector Responses Procurement of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and health supplies. UNDP is supporting the establishment of 22 fixed health centres and 10 mobile health teams. The goal of these teams is to establish a surveillance system by expanding prevention diagnosis and management services. Already, UNDP, with financial support from the Global Fund, has assisted the MoPH to strengthen the capacity of the laboratory sector at the Central Public Health Laboratory (CPHL) and within regional reference laboratories and provincial diagnostics settings, and provided technical assistance to train 25 regional and provincial laboratory staff in the use of sophisticated high-tech machines. With the investments made so far, the CPHL has the capacity to process 200-300 samples in 24 hours in addition to the regional daily testing capacity of 150 in Herat, 100 in Balkh, 100-150 in Nangarhar and 120-150 in Kandahar province. In addition to supporting the frontline health workers; UNDP, in partnership with Ministry of Interior Affairs (MoIA), are operationalising five new hospital facilities to quarantine / isolate and treat affected Afghan National Police (ANP) personnel. Hospitals will have approx. 300 beds with quarantine facilities and ICUs across five provinces: Herat (100 beds), Balkh (50 beds), Nangarhar (50 beds), Helmand (50 beds) and Paktiya (50 beds) and will be supported through procurement of health equipment and medical supplies. This work will provide essential infrastructure capacities, and related essential kits/equipment to improve MoIA and ANP preparedness to receive and treat police (and potentially public) infected with COVID-19. To further support police and security personnel on the frontline, UNDP is supporting the procurement of protective and sanitary kits, including, but not limited to hand sanitizers, rubber gloves, face masks and other protective gear and equipment to be disseminated to those medical and police frontline workers. As of 31 May, UNDP has received multiple bids in response to its launched procurement process for the supply of mechanical patient beds along with stretchers, trollies and body bags. Aside from procurement of protective related equipment, UNDP has also, in consultation with MoIA, procured several types medical machines and consumables in varying quantities, which are designated for hospital facilities. Through coordination with UNDPs Regional Offices/Partners, such orders to date include: Patient monitors, infusion pumps, ventilators, ECG machines, syringe pumps, infrared thermometers and finger pulse oximeters. For procurement of medicines and laboratory related equipment, UNDP continues to work closely with its specialized Health Implementation Support Team to meet the current demand of requirements, while also ensuring international quality standards are met.