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UNICEF/Olsi Beci
Published on September 9, 2020

Albania's coordinated response to COVID-19


In Albania, the UN team there, led by acting Resident Coordinator Pablo Zapata, is boosting the national response to COVID-19 while still addressing the impacts of the devastating earthquake that rocked the country nearly 10 months ago.

The World Health Organization (WHO) continues supporting authorities with testing and treatment protocols, guidelines and life-saving equipment. The UN team has purchased and delivered 5 million health goods, thanks to support from our partners from the European Union as well as Norway, Switzerland and the United States, in addition to UN entity-pooled funding.

Three joint UN programmes, funded by Sweden, Switzerland and the Joint SDG Fund, are directly benefiting 3000 families with life-saving goods, including food and sanitation supplies.

For their part, the UN Women, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) issued guidance to protect the most vulnerable women, men and children during lockdown. This includes providing undisrupted shelter, access to legal aid and justice, management of domestic violence cases as well as ensuring remote learning while schools are shut.

The UN team continues boosting prevention campaigns and has also put in place a Socioeconomic Response plan to complement the national plan to address the urgent impacts of the pandemic in livelihoods.