United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Maldives, on Thursday, handed over the ICT equipment procured by the Ministry of Gender, Family and Social Services and Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH).
UNDP revealed that the equipment will assist the ministry in establishing the 'Care Portal', as well as the Centre for Mental Health at IGMH, contributing towards transforming business processes that were disrupted due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The digital equipment will be utilized for uninterrupted provision of social services during such crises, as digitization of vital services enhances prevention of virus spread by reducing physical contact and promoting enhance remote administration, said UNDP.
Ministry noted that its Care Portal will provide support to "victims of domestic violence, gender-based violence, persons with disabilities, elderly and others facing social issues".
"Mental Health is relevant to all of us especially during these challenging times. We believe that digitalization of Centre for Mental Health will benefit not only Malé, but vulnerable populations living across the country" stated the Centre for Mental Health.
Emphasising on the need for working remotely during the pandemic, UNDP Resident Representative Akiko Fujii stated that it has "become a necessity for governments and service providers to continue operating whilst complying with health guidelines to curb the spread of the virus".
The equipment were supplied as part of UNDP’s COVID-19 Integrated Response Offer 1.0, which supports the health emergency measures as well as longer-term socio-economic recovery.
Building on this, UNDP’s ongoing collaboration under it's latest offer 2.0 ‘Beyond Recovery: Towards 2030’, aims to assist Maldives in strengthening governance, the Green and Blue economy as a means to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of UN Maldives’ socioeconomic recovery framework.