Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) - The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Office for Central Asia, with support from the UN Peacebuilding Fund, is implementing an initiative on Addressing Social Disparity in New Settlements of Bishkek. In the context of the initiative, UNODC is working with the city police department and other partners on crime prevention and effective ways to respond to gender-based violence.
Following the detection of COVID-19 cases, the city police office was assigned to serve as the key state body responsible for coordination of case emergencies and for safeguarding of rules of quarantine introduced in the city. To support the police office in undertaking these responsibilities and to ensure the safety of officers, UNODC has provided 1,000 reusable masks and 250 raincoats.
The initiative was implemented in partnership with NGO Civic Union for Reforms and Result. The masks were sewn by the Kurdash Sewing Association of Women with Cancer. This is an example of a targeted, needs and priority-based UNODC-led partnership with city police administration and civil society in supporting emergency responses to the pandemic.