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Social protection support for key population members affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic in Suriname.

The social protection support for key population members affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in Suriname aimed to address the heightened vulnerability experienced by these individuals during those challenging times. Key population members, including but not limited to sex workers, LGBTQ+ individuals, people living with HIV/AIDS, and those from marginalized communities, often faced compounded hardships during crises like the COVID-19 pandemic due to existing social stigma, discrimination, and limited access to essential resources.

Recognizing the urgent need to provide assistance to these vulnerable groups, Stg. Building Bridges…Saving Lives, in collaboration with the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC) and with support from the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (GFTATM), undertook the procurement of food vouchers. These vouchers served as a vital lifeline for key population members directly impacted by the pandemic, offering them access to nutritious food and essential supplies.

Amidst economic uncertainties and disruptions to livelihoods caused by the pandemic, many key population members faced increased food insecurity and limited access to basic necessities. The provision of food vouchers not only addressed immediate hunger and nutritional needs but also helped alleviate financial strain, allowing individuals and families to redirect limited resources towards other essential expenses such as healthcare, housing, and education.

By prioritizing the procurement of food vouchers, SBBSL and its partners not only provided tangible support to key population members but also demonstrated a commitment to safeguarding their well-being and dignity during those unprecedented times. Through this initiative, SBBSL sought to promote social inclusion, resilience, and empowerment within these communities, ensuring that they were not left behind in the collective efforts to overcome the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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