5. Delivering supplies to Timor-Leste
Essential PPE supplies are now on their way from a warehouse in Sydney to Timor-Leste where they will be used to protect the community against a potential coronavirus outbreak. With just seven doctors per 10,000 people and only one ICU bed in the entire country, a severe outbreak could be devastating for Timor-Leste's already weak health system.
The shipment to Timor-Leste includes almost 400 boxes of items like face masks, protective suits, and gloves.
So far this year, UNICEF has shipped critical personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies to over 100 countries to support their response to the pandemic, including 7.5 million surgical masks, 2.8 million N95 respirators, nearly 10 million gloves, over 830,000 gowns, and nearly 600,000 face shields. No matter how challenging the situation, UNICEF is there to support vulnerable children in need.