Handing over of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) by Save the Children Pakistan to Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Government of Pakistan at PM Secretariat

Friday 24 July 2020

 

Save the Children Pakistan has donated Personal Protective Equipment valued at US$ 100,000 to support the Government of Pakistan’s efforts on COVID-19 response in Pakistan.Out of these, PPE worth $50,000 is being donated to National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), $40,000 to the National Institute of Health (NIH) while the remaining $10,000 worth of PPE will be donated to Save the Children’s implementing partners. The donation ceremony held on Thursday 23rd of July, 2020 with the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) at the Prime Minister’s Secretariat in Islamabad was aimed to recognize Save the Children’s efforts in helping protect frontline health workers in reducing their risk of exposure to COVID-19. 
With the increasing risk of contracting COVID-19 amongst the frontline health care workers, Save the Children in Pakistan has responded to the NDMA and NIH’s call for obtaining Personal Protective Equipment. As part of our partnership, the NDMA has extended its support to Save the Children Pakistan in delivery of PPE obtained by Save the Children China via NDMA’s flight assistance. The joint objective behind the donation of PPE is to protect frontline doctors and paramedics as they fight the spread of COVID-19 in Pakistan.

“Since the 1st case of COVID-19 in Pakistan, Save the Children has been at the heart of response efforts, working in close coordination with Ministry of Health (MOH), National Institute of Health (NIH) and the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA)” said Muhammad Khuram Gondal, Country Director for Save the Children Pakistan.

“Save the Children has a strong track record of responding to pandemics and other health emergencies around the world. Our teams provided technical support to our Pakistani partners and helped set up a pilot House Isolation/House Quarantine system. And today, we are proud to distribute Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for frontline health care and paramedical staff. This has been one of our top priorities.” 

The presence of COVID-19 poses a real and evident risk to all health care workers, especially those caring for infected patients in health care facilities. It is clear that health care workers have a significant risk from the virus and therefore need increased protection to continue their efforts in fighting the pandemic. 

“Save the Children Pakistan, with immense integrity, feels honored to have arranged PPE from China and has two consignments delivered to the NDMA and NIH, while we await the delivery of a third. It was a profound opportunity for us to be able to help Pakistan in coordination with the Government of Pakistan in combating the pandemic. It was also vital to support the courage of our front liners' convictions, at least by providing them proper PPEs.” said Gondal.