Call for proposals: people in psychiatric hospitals, care homes, prisons
The Netherlands Helsinki Committee (NHC) has launched a regional COVID-19 Solidarity Programme 2020-2022 with the financial support of the European Union and in partnership with People in Need and AFEW International. The Call applies to Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. NHC cooperates with Human Rights in Mental Health (Federation Global Initiative in Psychiatry, FGIP) to deliver activities of the Programme. This programme will support civil society organisations (CSOs) to respond to the immediate and longer-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in Eastern Partnership countries. ObjectivesThe Call responds demonstrably to needs of people in institutional settings (e.g. social care homes, psychiatric hospitals). NHC and FGIP seek to provide grants to CSOs on immediate material needs in closed institutions arising from COVID-19 related measures, such as PPE and IT/communication equipment. These may include, but not limited to:Purchase of equipment such as transparent room dividers, transparent screens, bactericide lamps, infrared thermometers for meeting and service rooms Purchase of IT equipment to be able to facilitate communication between residents/patients with the outside world, either for contact with relatives, friends and/or carers or to access the internet and social media;Purchase of COVID-19 personal protection materials (masks, gloves, sanitizers, soap) for organizational use;Purchase of other sanitary equipment and materials (autoclave, Sanitizer dispensers) for general use in closed institutions;Proposals can be country-wide or limited to certain regions; they can be focused on one category of closed institutions (I.e. only penitentiary or only mental health) or on all of them.More information on the call can be found on the website of the Netherlands Helsinki Committee.