Frontline workers in Moldova face a big deficit of personal protective equipment, due to unprecedented demand caused by the pandemic. UNDP and other development partners are working to support the country in its response.
What UNDP didn’t realize is that they would one day be supporting the response through a toy company. Four years ago, Igor received a grant through the EU’s Confidence Building Measures Programme, implemented by UNDP, to buy a laser cutting device, which allowed him to expand business. Now, it’s allowed him to provide help during a crisis.
This kind of creativity in adaptation, and businesses and community coming together, will help in the fight against COVID-19.
“This is a balance in life: good generates more good, when you don’t expect it. The EU, or the UNDP staff - they never thought that after four years their support would generate such results during these hard times,” Igor says. “We initially said that we will help children and parents. Now we help doctors, the health system, and the whole team of heroes who fight this crisis. Together we will win, because this solidarity, even from a distance, makes us more powerful."
Fighting COVID-19 takes a whole of society approach. UNDP is working across the region to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. Find out more about our work.