According to WHO, the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve in Africa, since it was first detected in Algeria on 25 February 2020 and it is accelerating. As of August 29th 2020, there were 1,033,631 cases and 21,402 deaths within the WHO African Region.
In light of this situation, and of its ongoing mission, CUAMM is working every day close to the most vulnerable to respond to the pandemic in Africa, its collateral effects, and to continue to provide ongoing medical care.
On the 27th of august, in Bangui, in Central African Republic, CUAMM celebrated the delivery of medicines and medical supplies donated by the American global health and emergency response organization, Americares. This donation is part of the important efforts of CUAMM to support the pediatric complex of Bangui where it has operated since 2018, to improve clinical care for children and the hospital management quality.
The donation included almost 400 KGs of antibiotics, emergency medications, vitamins, chronic disease medicine, psychotherapeutics, painkillers, malaria test kits, and first aid supplies. Additional donations of aid from Americares are in progress, as part of a new partnership between CUAMM and Americares in Central African Republic.
Andrea Atzori, Head of International Relations for CUAMM says:
“This the result of a great work to promote partnership and engage organizations all over the world to support the work of CUAMM for women and children. Americares has again demonstrated the generosity of people with precious donations of drugs and supplies that are able to integrate CUAMM programs and provide lifesaving treatment for children.”
Haroun Habib, Director of Africa and Middle East Programs for Americares says:
“We are glad to work with CUAMM as a critical partner while focusing on health as a priority in times of crisis throughout Africa. Previously, our emergency programs team provided gift-in-kind donations to CUAMM in Mozambique after tropical cyclone Idai and we plan to ship at least one container and another air shipment of medicines and medical supplies to CUAMM in CAR in 2020-2021. Our ongoing and continuing work with CUAMM will help ensure that essential medical products are provided to patients and frontline health care workers to prevent and save lives through effective treatment of infectious diseases such as COVID-19.”