The program “COVID-19 Response Activities” has supported socially disadvantaged citizens and disadvantaged children across the country
More than 30,000 socially disadvantaged citizens across the country have been reached and supported by the Bulgarian Red Cross program “COVID-19 Response Activities”, that is financed by USAID. The results of this initiative were presented at a special event, part of the organization’s information campaign “Do it for the ones you love” with special guests H.E. Herro Mustafa, the US Ambassador to Bulgaria, Acad. Hristo Grigorov, Chairman of the Bulgarian Red Cross, and Prof. Dr. Krasimir Gigov, Director General of the Bulgarian Red Cross. They elaborated on the successful partnership so far and the forthcoming public activities in response to the pandemic.
The COVID-19 Response Program is part of the global appeal for assistance to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) announced as a consequence of the pandemic. It is an important part of the ongoing humanitarian activity conducted by the Bulgarian Red Cross in the fight against the pandemic. Thanks to the campaign more than 300 health education and hygiene promotion sessions have been organized so far, more than 30,000 personal hygiene kits and 2500 art kits for kids have been distributed, and hundreds of psychological consultations have been held with citizens across the country. United by the global fight against the pandemic, the Bulgarian Red Cross and USAID continue their successful partnership by opening a virtual dispatch contact center to provide a national toll-free hotline. Additionally, as part of the campaign, online trainings for volunteers and citizens were launched, as well as training of a specialized team of 10 people, part of the National Disaster Response Team. The Bulgarian Red Cross will also start providing free professional psychological consultations. The entire information about the activities part of the program and the results so far can be found on the website of the Bulgarian Red Cross here.
“In the Bulgarian Red Cross we believe that we can only resolve the challenging global situation by staying united. We sincerely thank the US Embassy in Bulgaria and the United States Agency for International Development for their support and we believe that we will realize together many more helpful activities with a positive impact on the community’ - shared Acad. Hristo Grigorov, Chairman of the Bulgarian Red Cross.
“I would like to thank the Bulgarian Red Cross again for their hard work and exceptional professionalism, as well as to share that we really appreciate everything they do. It is extremely important for us to work together now, because only when we are united are we able to overcome this pandemic“ – said H.E. Herro Mustafa, US Ambassador to Bulgaria.
The “Do it for the ones you love” information campaign will continue its goal to emphasize the importance of compliance with anti-epidemic measures and to provide reliable information to Bulgarian citizens while fighting fake news through March 2021.