Georgian frontline health workers have received 7,500 protective face shields produced by Georgian company CaucasPack from the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The EU and the UNDP handed over the face shields to ambulance and emergency crews of the Emergency Situations Coordination and Urgent Assistance Center yesterday.
Frontline medical workers in Georgia get over 7,500 locally produced reusable faceshields through EU & @UNDPGeorgia
➡️t.co/uw161bRw19#EU4Georgia #TeamEurope #StrongerTogether pic.twitter.com/LjzcYmD4hJ
— Carl Hartzell (@CarlHartzellEU) May 15, 2020
This assistance is part of a larger programme of support to health workers, local civil servants and other risk groups in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi and the regions, providing people with essential healthcare and other services.
CaucasPack produces face shields from recycled plastic bottles, which are adjustable and reusable to help ensure that emergency crews throughout the country ‘are able to do their jobs safely’ amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Emergency crews all over #Georgia will be better protected from #COVID19. We are supplying front-line medical staff with reusable face shields that are manufactured from recycled plastic bottles with @EUinGeorgia & @UNDPGeorgia support.#StrongerTogether t.co/M4YkMMn9C1
— UNDP in Georgia (@UNDPGeorgia) May 14, 2020
More than 40,000 face shields were produced in April and May with assistance from the EU, UNDP and the governments of Switzerland, Austria and the United States.
UNDP, with assistance from the EU and the US, is also ensuring that protective equipment and other medical supplies are provided to Georgia’s Russian-occupied region of Abkhazia ‘to mitigate COVID-19 risks’.