The US government has donated Personal Protective Equipment-PPE and Covid 19 testing materials to Malawi as the country continues registering more cases
The donation made through the United States Agency for International Development–USAID includes over 200,000 items of PPE and Covid 19 testing materials.
The aid has since brought the amount of support from the US government towards Malawi’s Covid response to over K16.67 billion ($21.5 million).
The donation also includes technical and material support to boost the country’s capacity in testing, sanitation, and life-saving clinical care, procured through USAID’s Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management project.
This new PPE donation consists of N95 and surgical masks, examination gloves, and isolation gowns and COVID-19 testing materials, meant to extend Malawi’s capacity to test its population and facilitate early treatment of COVID-19 positive patients.
According to USAID Malawi Mission Director Catie Lott, the supplies will assist and protect frontline workers.
“The United States is proud to partner with the Government of Malawi in the global fight against COVID-19. USAID is pleased to contribute these supplies to help protect frontline workers as they strive to provide care to the Malawian people,” Lott said.
In his remarks, Director of Health Technical Support Services in the Ministry of Health, Godfrey Kadewere expressed gratitude for the donation, saying it is timely.
“The Ministry of Health is very grateful for all the support provided by USAID to the health sector in Malawi throughout the years. This has been further strengthened in this current global COVID-19 pandemic,”Kadewere said.
Kadewere further indicates that the country will strive to strengthen the partnership with the US further.
To promote accountability at health facilities, USAID has been assisting the ministry to track availability and usage of COVID-19-related products through the national electronic logistics management information system.
This data tracking system helps the ministry and development partners to respond quickly to resupply COVID-19 stocks at facilities across the country.
USAID has also been assisting the ministry to quantify and distribute supplies to all health facilities across the country