UNODC and EU strengthen resilience of Sri Lankan prisons to face COVID-19 | Daily News


 

UNODC and EU strengthen resilience of Sri Lankan prisons to face COVID-19

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the European Union (EU) are supporting the Sri Lankan prisons in the context of COVID-19 by distributing personal protective equipment (PPE) and sanitization items, as well as 10 computers to keep court hearings ongoing remotely.

To prevent the spread of the coronavirus among prisoners and to safeguard prison healthcare staff, UNODC’s Global Maritime Crime Programme (UNODC-GMCP) has provided last week to the Sri Lankan Department of Prisons 20,000 surgical face masks, 200 bottles of hand sanitizer, 1,500 pairs of hand gloves, 5,000 hand soaps and 30 infrared thermometers.

This assistance is part of an ongoing project funded by the European Union to support the Government of Sri Lanka in preventing and countering violent extremism in prison settings. Nonetheless, in an effort to deal with the effects of the pandemic, some funding has been re-directed to contribute to the COVID-19 infection prevention and control mechanisms in the country.


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