UNODC provides protective equipment against COVID-19 to the G5 Sahel Joint Force Provost Brigades

29-05-2020

BAMAKO  At a time when the Defence and Security Forces are focused on managing the COVID-19 pandemic in order to stop its spread and mitigate its devastating effects, attacks by terrorist groups are increasing in number and intensity, following an upward curve in defiance of any health truce.

The Secretary-General of the United Nations has warned of this risk by referring - in a statement to the members of the Security Council on 9 April - to the possibility for terrorist groups to seize this opportunity to intensify their activities, particularly in the Sahel region where populations are confronted with the dual scourge of the virus and the escalation of terrorism.

It is imperative for the Joint Force to be able to continue its work in safe working conditions to prevent the spread of the virus within the Force, but also between the Force and the population.

In addition to its technical expertise, UNODC provided material support at the request of the Joint Force to ensure the continuity of its action against terrorism and organized crime in the Sahel, with personal protective equipment (PPE).

A handover ceremony for the PPE was held in Bamako in the presence of the Chief of Staff of the Joint Force, the Police Adviser of the Joint Force, the Special Political Advisor to the SRSG in Mali on the Joint Force, and UNODC.

The equipment will be distributed to the seven battalions of the Joint Force that are on the ground in Mali.

    
   

The funding from Germany is part of the support to the Police Component and in particular to the Provost Brigades, which are directly integrated into the battalions.

The Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) consists of:

  • Hand washing stations
  • Hand sanitiser 
  • Facemasks
  • Gloves
  • Liquid soap
  

This handover of equipment is accompanied by technical assistance, conducted by UNODC and OHCHR over the past several weeks in support of the Joint Force, to develop a draft directive on the prevention of the spread of the pandemic within the Joint Force.

For more information:

The Sahel Programme