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In March 2020, COVID0-19 pandemics started in Latvia. Despite of the crisis, Latvian Red Cross (LatRC) continued to provide help and services:

During the provision of help and services all epidemiological precautions were taken into account very strictly – distancing, hand washing, disinfection of hands and surfaces, wear of a protective face masks. LatRC also actively invited other society members to stay safe and do not let the spread of COVID-19 to continue.

The main additional activities during COVID-19 pandemics:

  • LatRC became the coordinator of the sharing of disinfectants and protective face masks (bought by Latvian Government) among other NGOs of Latvia;
  • In cooperation with the IFRC, a large-scale public information campaign “How to protect yourself from COVID-19 infection” has been developed – more than 200 information materials made in Latvian, Russian, English, Dari, Turkish and Arabic languages and spread through LatRC communication channels (homepage, social networks), digital and printed versions of the materials were distributed among LatRC structural units and LatRC partners;
  • In cooperation with the Latvian Automobile Club, the campaign “Drive Healthy” was implemented to strengthen the knowledge and skills of the society on health safety while using private, rented and public transport. In addition, face masks and information material on the proper wearing and disposal of protective masks were distributed on the streets in capital Riga. The campaign was organized with financial support of FIA;

  • LatRC continued to organize educational activities and online seminars about different topics such as mental health, motivation program, preparedness and and response capacity in emergency situations etc.