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Posted by: Mazur Rodica

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22 Oct. 2020 / 12:33

Protective equipment for six residential institutions in Moldova

The European Union (EU) donates personal protective equipment for people with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities and employees of six residential institutions. The distribution of the equipment took place today during the launch event of the project "Safety and rights of people with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities in institutions during the pandemic with COVID-19", funded by the European Union and implemented by Keystone Moldova.

About 1,700 people with disabilities and employees of residential institutions in Bălţi, Cocieri (Dubăsari), Orhei, Hînceşti, Brînzeni (Edineţ) and Bădiceni (Soroca) are provided with masks, gloves, goggles, visors, disinfectant and protective footwear. In the same institutions, information activities on prevention and individual protection measures are to be carried out. To this end, video monitors will be installed and information will be provided in language that is easy to understand for people with disabilities.

"In this time of crisis, the EU and its member states are working together to support the citizens of the Republic of Moldova, mobilize resources, ensure the provision of protective equipment, stimulate research and support partner countries. Attention to social inclusion and the safety of people with disabilities is a priority. The assistance offered through this project from the European Union is for the people who need this support the most, especially in the conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic,” mentioned Peter Michalko, the EU Ambassador to the Republic of Moldova.

The project will increase the access of people with disabilities to the free telephone assistance service intended for them, in order to benefit from informational and psychological support and to prevent cases of abuse, neglect or violation of rights. Thus, 30 mobile phones will be donated to people with disabilities in institutions, being trained in the field of self-representation on rights and peer support.

Given the worsening pandemic situation in Moldova, this emergency aid will help ensure the right of people with disabilities in institutions to health, information and to report abuse and violations, said Ludmila Malcoci, executive director of Keystone Moldova.

At the same time, an internal infection prevention and control policy will be developed for each institution. Employees in institutions will be trained in the implementation of internal policy for infection prevention and control, prevention of burnout and stress management, to meet the challenges related to the behaviors of people with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities in times of crisis.

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