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Donation of protective equipment and hygiene to treatment centres for drug users in the Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo, August 8, 2020. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for Central America and the Caribbean, in coordination with the UNAIDS Dominican Republic and the United Nations System Joint Team on HIV, delivered personal protection equipment for COVID-19 to Mesón de Dios and the Drug Component of the Human Rights Observatory of the Center for Orientation and Integral Research (COIN).
These agencies allocate funds to meet the needs of these two centers that provide care and assistance to injecting drug users, who have a higher prevalence of HIV, both to inmates and to those on the street.
This grant will cover the needs of approximately 500 patients and the team of technicians and professionals working at both sites.
Thanks to continuous communication with the treatment centers, UNODC had previously made a list of needs for subsequent delivery of the items prioritized as urgent.
The protective equipment delivered is gloves, masks, biosafety suits, alcohol gel, surgical alcohol, glasses, and laser thermometers. Hygiene products such as chlorine, disinfectant, detergent, soap for bathing, and hand washing were also delivered.
These implements will be used inside the centers and, in addition, kits will be made to be given to patients during street interventions.