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U.S. Government Delivers 50 Ventilators to help Mozambique Battle COVID-19
August 10, 2020 – Maputo – The United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has donated 50 high-quality ventilators to Mozambique to assist with its fight against COVID-19. This donation is a key part of the United States Government’s provision of critical supplies and technical expertise to support Mozambique’s urgent and ongoing response to the pandemic.
The ventilators, produced in the United States by Zoll Medical Corporation, reflect leading-edge and in-demand technology. They can be used in the treatment of pediatric patients through adult patients. The ventilators have up to a 10-hour battery life. They are compact, deployable, and provide Mozambique more flexibility in treating patients who are severely affected by COVID-19. For patients whose lungs are not working adequately despite receiving oxygen, this vital resource can save lives.
The United States Government is working closely with Mozambican Minister of Health Armindo Tiago and other government counterparts to quickly distribute the ventilators to health facilities throughout Mozambique where COVID-19 is treated. To ensure the units are effectively used by trained professionals, the United States Government is also supplying technical training for medical personnel.
During today’s handover event at the U.S. Government-funded Central Medical Stores (CMAM) warehouse in Zimpeto, Minister Tiago and United States Ambassador to Mozambique Dennis Hearne spoke of the longstanding partnership between the two countries. “Today’s ventilator donation builds on the nearly $14.8 million in U.S. funds supporting COVID-19 efforts in Mozambique. We have donated personal protective equipment, known as PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), and we have worked together on challenges such as water and sanitation, emergency food assistance, infection prevention and control, and much more,” Hearne said.
The ventilator donation builds on a foundation of more than $500 million in annual assistance the U.S. Government provides to improve the quality of education and healthcare, promote economic prosperity, and support the overall development of Mozambique. It is an honor for the United States to partner in Mozambique’s campaign to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, reaffirming and building upon the longstanding collaboration for development that began in 1984.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) leads the U.S. Government’s international development and disaster assistance through partnerships and investments that save lives, reduce poverty, strengthen democratic governance, and help people emerge from humanitarian crises. For more information about USAID’s work to foster sustainable development and advance human dignity, visit www.usaid.gov.
For more information on the U.S. global response to COVID-19, please visit: https://www.state.gov/coronavirus.
For more information about this press release, please contact the U.S. Embassy Maputo Press Office at MaputoPress@state.gov.