Socio-Economic Response to COVID-19 for Bhutan

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Highlights - UN Socio-economic response activities up to date.

• Support Contingency plans with different scenarios developed with Ministries of Health, Agriculture and Forest, Education, Information and Communication, and National Commission for Women and Children.

• Support the health ministry on the response and preparedness.

• Support PMO’s national task force on the economic stimulus package, PPE procurement assistance, design of digital Realtime data APPs for managing flu clinics, and quarantine centers.

• Communication and advocacy support targeting vulnerable groups, including making sign language interpreters available for daily press conferences.

• Conduct a rapid SEIA in tourism and affiliated sectors.

• Support to entrepreneurs with COVID-19 response businesses.

• Support economic recovery packages in the agriculture sector.

• Reskilling and upskilling for those affected by COVID-19 in the construction and tourism sector.

• Food production increase support in the agriculture sector.

• Nutrition/food support to vulnerable children.

• Rapid immunization assessment and vaccine procurement.

• Support ECCD and distance education modality with alternative learning solutions together with nutritious food intervention.

• Improving WASH and hygiene facilities in schools and public places.

• Data system strengthening for food production and distribution.