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GAMCOTRAP launches 10,000 face masks for Gambian children

Sep 17, 2020, 11:43 AM | Article By: Cherno Omar Bobb

The Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children (GAMCOTRAP) on Wednesday launched its 10,000 face masks project designed to curtail the spread of Covid-19 in The Gambia.

The face masks will be distributed to children across the country in collaboration with SCI-Sida CSO project to support government efforts in the fight against Covid-19.

 The launch held at KMC conference hall was part of GAMCOTRAP’s promotion of the welfare of children in the country.

Bintou H.K. Fatty, director at Department of Children Affairs, Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare in deputizing for her minister, said with the recent surge of the pandemic across the world, children continue to bear the brunt, with schools being closed.

She welcomed GAMCOTRAP’s initiative to save children from the impact of covid-19 and described it as a smart investment.

“Without urgent action, this health crisis will become a child right crisis, causing disruption to society, with heavy impact on children’s safety, well-being, and on their overall future,” she highlighted.

Musa Bah, deputy Kanifing Municipal Council Mayor commended GAMCOTRAP for their foresight in catering for children who are future leaders.

Princess A. MunaHot, Executive Director GAMCOTRAP said usually when pandemics and other crisis occur the most vulnerable are most affected with a tendency that children are overlooked.

She explained that children globally risk being infected through society, community and through their parents, adding that “the impact of the pandemic is expected to be more damaging to children in poorest communities”. 

She further stated that research has shown that wearing a face mask limits infection, promising that they will distribute more face masks in future to ensure all Gambian children are safe.

She commended government and other CSOs for their efforts in protecting women and children from the virus.

Ousman Touray, board member GAMCOTRAP described the project as a noble cause and thanked the funders. 

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