UNDP continues its support to Suriname during the COVID-19 global pandemic and on June 9th, handed over 4,900 masks to the Ministry of Justice and Police to equip the police force to safely and effectively enforce curfew and lockdown measures designed to prevent the further spread of the disease.
Dr. Margaret Jones Williams, Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP engaged with Chief of Police Robert Prade in a Virtual Handover of the masks, representing the first batch of supplies.
Dr. Jones Williams thanked the Chief of Police for the good partnership with his Ministry on the implementation of the project which seeks to improve the policies around reducing violence in youth and noted the importance of the support to COVID-19 preventive measures.
Chief of Police, Robert Prade, expressed gratitude to UNDP for the support and noted this first set of supplies as welcome gift to support the police in the work they have to do. Other protective gear, already procured, should be delivered to Suriname in approximately two weeks.
Funding for the PPE was received from the COVID-19 Response support funded by The Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom (UK FCO) through the CariSECURE Programme.