Distribution of hygiene packs to People Living with HIV
30 December 2020
The United Nations Resident Coordinator Office for Seychelles proceeded to the handing over of hygienic packs to Seychellois organizations
The distribution of “hygiene packs” to PLHIV in the Eastern and Southern African (ESA) region, including Seychelles, is the result of a collaboration between UNAIDS and a multinational consumer goods company. The packs consist of a supply of soap and surface cleaner, which have been distributed in ESA countries through UNAIDS Country Offices and networks of people living with HIV as part of efforts to reduce exposure to the impact of COVID-19 among people living with HIV.
The ESA region has the biggest burden of HIV globally, with 20.6 million people living with HIV in 2018. While countries in the ESA region are currently relatively unaffected by COVID-19, it is critical to take bold and unprecedented steps to curtail the spread of the virus now, due to fragile health systems and extreme socio-economic inequalities.