KATHMANDU, June 23: The United Nations Country Team in Nepal - together with over 30 national and international organizations – have collectively launched the #Maya Phailau #SpreadLove Campaign, calling for an end to stigma and discrimination against people, amidst the ongoing Covid-19 crisis in the country.
According to the joint press statement on Tuesday, the #SpreadLove Campaign calls on everyone to spread messages of love and hope in support of those who are affected by the Covid-19 crisis. “We would like to thank all the amazing health workers and welcome all the workers who have returned home!,” said the joint press statement.
It has been five months since the first Covid-19 case was reported in Nepal. Since then, there have been alarming accounts of stigmatization against Covid-19 recovered people and their families, returnee migrant workers, health workers, and vulnerable groups, including people from different backgrounds, ethnicities, and abilities. “Right now, it is not only the virus itself that we must protect ourselves against. It is also fear, rumours and stigma. Our greatest powers are facts, reason and unity,” the joint statement further said.
The collective press statement was issued by FAO, ILO, IOM, UMN, UNDP,UNESCO, UNFPA,UNHCR,UNIC, UNICEF, UNOPS, UNRC, UNV, UNWOMEN, USAID, WFP,WHO, Association of Community radio broadcaster(CIN), Association of International NGOs in Nepal (AIN),BBC Media Action, CARE Nepal, Catholic Relief Services, DCA, Felm-Nepa, FINRC, Handicap International, Helen Keller International, Housing Recovery and Reconstruction Platform (HRRP) – Nepal, IPAS, Lutheran, Mercy Corps, Nepal Red Cross Society, NRCS, People in Need, Plan International, Practical Action, PSI, Save the Children, TDH, Tilganga, VSO International, WinRock International, World Vision, WWF and Yuwalaya.