CAR / COVID-19 RESPONSE

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The Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in the Central African Republic and head of MINUSCA, Mankeur Ndiaye, officially handed over essential consignments of hand-washing material to the Central African Government in Bangui, to support efforts in the fight against COVID-19. MINUSCA

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STORY: CAR / COVID-19 RESPONSE
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SOURCE: MINUSCA
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LANGUAGE: FRENCH / NATS

DATELINE: 24 APRIL 2020, BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

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1. Wide shot, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in the Central African Republic and head of MINUSCA, Makeur Ndiaye, with President of the Central African Republic, Faustin-Archange Touadéra, at the handover ceremony
2. Med shot, Touadéra and Ndiaye
3. Close up, Ndiaye
4. Various shots, Touadéra and Ndiaye inspecting the consignment.
5. SOUNDBITE (French) Dr. Pierre Somsé, Minister of Health, Central African Republic:
“The fundamental nature of this contribution focuses on basic hygiene measures and therefore by its volume testifies the strength, vigor and participation of MINUSCA in this campaign. But it also has a very powerful symbolic value in the sense that the nature of this donation, as well as everything that MINUSCA has begun to do on the government's side, compliments the government's actions in protection of public health and hygiene, but also reduce the socio-economic effect of the virus on the population.”
6. Wide shot, consignments of hand washing material and water bottles
7. Med shot, water bottles
8. Med shot, bars of soap
9. Various shots, Touadéra and Ndiaye inspecting the consignment.
10. Med shot, Dr. Pierre Somsé, Central African Republic’s Minister of Health and MINUSCA’s Director of Mission Trojanovic Milan
11. Wide shot, president’s security detail and other personnel.
12. SOUNDBITE (French) Makeur Ndiaye, Head of the United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA):
“These products were acquired from local suppliers to support entrepreneurship in the Central African Republic at a time when the economic consequences of COVID-19 are being felt everywhere. In addition to these symbolic contributions, Mr. President, I am proud to inform you that since April, the Central African staff of MINUSCA has been involved in an outreach awareness campaign in the various communities of Bangui, where, with the supporting communication materials, they are spreading the messages of the Ministry of Health, including those on preventive measures.”
13. Various shots, MINUSCA dignitaries and Government officials
14. SOUNDBITE (French) Dr. Pierre Somsé, Minister of Health, Central African Republic:
“On behalf of the government, I would like to reassure you of the effective and efficient management of these resources and we will ensure that they reach those who need them the most.”
15. Close up, wind-up radios
16. Med shot, Milan showing the Touadéra how the wind-up radios work
17. Close up, Milan winding up the radio
18. Various, Touadéra with Ndiaye and Milan demonstrating how the radios work

STORYLINE:

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in the Central African Republic and head of MINUSCA, Mankeur Ndiaye, officially handed over essential consignments of hand-washing material to the Central African Government in Bangui, to support efforts in the fight against COVID-19.

The ceremony was attended by the President of the Republic, Faustin Touadera, and other dignitaries including the Minister of Health.

SOUNDBITE (French) Dr. Pierre Somsé, Minister of Health, Central African Republic:
“The fundamental nature of this contribution focuses on basic hygiene measures and therefore by its volume testifies the strength, vigor and participation of MINUSCA in this campaign. But it also has a very powerful symbolic value in the sense that the nature of this donation, as well as everything that MINUSCA has begun to do on the government's side, compliments the government's actions in protection of public health and hygiene, but also reduce the socio-economic effect of the virus on the population.”

The items, consisting of one million bars of soap and two hundred thousand water bottles worth over 191 Million CFA, is a part of MINUSCA’s contribution to boast the governments fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

SOUNDBITE (French) Makeur Ndiaye, Head of the United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA):
“These products were acquired from local suppliers to support entrepreneurship in the Central African Republic at a time when the economic consequences of COVID-19 are being felt everywhere. In addition to these symbolic contributions, Mr. President, I am proud to inform you that since April, the Central African staff of MINUSCA has been involved in an outreach awareness campaign in the various communities of Bangui, where, with the supporting communication materials, they are spreading the messages of the Ministry of Health, including those on preventive measures.”

MINUSCA's contribution also includes the installation of a water bladder at “Hopital Communautaire” to support medical activities including the isolation center managed by WHO and the Ministry of Health, as well as support to SODECA in the installation and operation of water pumps donated by the World Bank.

SOUNDBITE (French) Dr. Pierre Somsé, Minister of Health, Central African Republic:
“On behalf of the government, I would like to reassure you of the effective and efficient management of these resources and we will ensure that they reach those who need them the most.”

During the ceremony, the SRSG also handed over 40,000 wind-up radios to the President.

The radios, costing about 128 million CFA, are being distributed to the population in order to keep them informed about the pandemic and preventive measures.
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