Lithuania contributes to the funding of production of face masks for prevention of COVID-19 in Bhutan
Lithuanian Embassy in New Delhi today signed the agreement to fund the production of face masks in Bhutan. The project will supplement Royal Government’s of Bhutan efforts in controlling the spread of COVID-19 and will allow to produce locally 46,000 two and three ply layer masks that primarily will be distributed to the frontline workers and those who need them most.
The project, initiated by the Austrian Coordination Office for Development Cooperation in Thimphu, will be implemented by Bhutanese social entrepreneur “Zamin Friends Forever”, and will also help train and empower at least 30 women, who will be given the opportunity to work and earn for their wellbeing.
“The unprecedented situation around the world in relation with COVID-19 pandemic is the time for solidarity. When the cultural exchange cooperation project in textiles between Lithuania and Bhutan had to be cancelled this year due to the pandemic, it is very symbolic that Lithuania now is contributing to the different kind, but in these difficult times, more relevant project of textiles. It will respond to the immediate needs of Bhutan’s health system and also will address the needs of the most vulnerable members of the society in these difficult times” – Lithuanian Ambassador in India H.E. Mr. Julius Pranevičius said.
Till today Bhutan has confirmed 27 Covid-19 cases. However, early and effective response for a landlock nation of 750 000 is vital. Thousands of masks are being used in hospitals every week.
Lithuania continues other cooperation projects with Bhutan. Both countries share particular interest in cultural heritage and textiles. To celebrate this, in October 2019 exhibition of Royal Bhutanese Textiles was held at the Palace of Grand Dukes in Vilnius. Lithuanian textiles will be showcased at the National Museum of Bhutan in April 2021, health situation allowing.
Jointly with European Union Lithuania also supports Bhutan in various development initiatives of the country, mainly education, health and ICT sectors.