This week, the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) purchased and delivered personal protective equipment, funded by Brazil, to the Zambian Ministry of Health. The equipment, consisting of 1,315 white coveralls and 11,505 disposable gowns, will be used in Zambia’s efforts to fight COVID-19.
To date, Zambia has recorded more than 192,000 cases of COVID-19 and 3,295 deaths.
“We hope that this gesture by the Brazilian government can help Zambia in its critical fight against a disease that affects all countries without discrimination. It is also important to underline that the humanitarian aid of Brazil underlines the importance of our bilateral relations and the friendship that the two countries have enjoyed for more than half a century ”, declared HE Arthur Henrique Villanova Nogueira, Ambassador from Brazil.
“WFP Zambia uses our expertise and supply chain experience to transport the equipment to where it is needed most. We need more partnerships like this to fight COVID-19 – and we’re proud to be a part of this effort, ” says Jayoung Lee, deputy country director and head of WFP.
In addition to service delivery activities, WFP Zambia has provided cash assistance to more than 312,000 vulnerable people affected by the negative effects of COVID-19. Between July 2020 and April 2021, WFP disbursed more than US $ 7.8 million to targeted households, helping them cope with the onset of the pandemic and enabling them to meet their food and nutritional needs.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the World Food Program (WFP).