UNODC COUNTRY OFFICE FOR AFGHANISTAN PROVIDES PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT TO COUNTER NARCOTICS POLICE OF AFGHANISTAN IN RESPONSE TO THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

On Thursday, the 07th of May 2020, the OIC of UNODC in Afghanistan, met with the senior officials from CNPA. UNODC and CNPA have been long-time partners in the fight against transnational organized crime and illicit drugs trafficking.  In a ceremony at CNPA, UNODC provided personal protection equipment to mitigate the spread of COVID19 by protecting frontline counternarcotics officers.

The UNODC Country Office for Afghanistan, in the time of the COVID19 pandemic, is working with CNPA to ensure that law enforcement efforts to combat the illicit narcotics trade is not only maintained but heightened. The existing problems with drug use and drug crime in Afghanistan are compounded by the pandemic.  UNODC has been working with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to ensure efforts are sustained and that additional focus is placed upon areas where organized crime can further victimize the population through the importation of counterfeit goods and medicines.

The equipment, provided by UNODC included; eight infrared forehead thermometers, 500 pieces of soap, 26,000 pairs of protective gloves, 5,500 pieces of face masks and 100 large bottles of hand sanitizer.

CNPA officials thanked UNODC and the US State Department (INL) for their continued support in these difficult times. He added that illicit narcotics trafficking continues during the pandemic and CNPA are resolute in their duties to combat it and to protect the Afghan people.  

UNODC is generously supported by the US Department of State (INL).