The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) has dispatched Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Mozambique as part of a coordinated Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) regional response against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The distribution of the materials will take place today at 14:00 (13:00 UK) in Maputo at the National Drug Store (Armazém Nacional de Medicamentos), in Zimpeto. The lot will be delivered by the CEO of Mozambique’s Banco Nacional de Investimento (BNI), Tomás Matola, who will be representing DBSA through its association.
The contribution is a result of ongoing support by the DBSA to Mozambique to capacitate regional disaster centres with the PPE required to protect front-line medical staff.
“We believe that by working together in a coordinated manner across the region the pandemic can be defeated. This is the reason we are supporting the response in Mozambique. In these unprecedented times our focus remains on saving lives and ensuring that economies can recover after this pandemic,” said Patrick Dlamini, DBSA’s CEO
This effort follows the calls made by the SADC Development Finance Resource Centre (SADC DFRC) and the SADC Secretariat to support countries in the region with their responses to the pandemic.
The package donated includes 3675 PCCR test kits, 40,500 masks, 50,000 gloves, 7,500 visors, 60,000 clinical gowns, 3,000 disposable gowns, 6,000 protective glasses and 10,500 masks. The equipment is expected to go a long way in protecting frontline workers who bear disproportionate risk during the pandemic, alleviating resource pressure from beneficiary SADC Member States. “We know that this kind of support will strengthen the capacity of the disaster coordinating structures in the SADC region,” continued Dlamini.
The increase in cases of COVID-19 across the region has put pressure on already overstretched national budgets and congested medical facilities. This is further compounded by an economic slowdown which is expected to be between 4% and 8% in the SADC region. The impact on governments, businesses and citizens is immense and requires urgent and coordinated response.
“The COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose an unparalleled challenge faced by all mankind, which requires concerted and collective efforts to overcome its associated obstacles, said Davies Pwele, Head of SADC. “It is for this reason that the DBSA is stepping in to assist the SADC region as part of its objective to foster regional integration and building the prosperity of the region,” Mr. Pwele concluded.