ADB and UNICEF Join Forces to Supply Medical Equipment to Nepal

Video | 26 February 2021

ADB, in partnership with UNICEF, has provided critically needed medical supplies for health care staff and others who are on the frontline of response efforts in Nepal. These supplies were procured by UNICEF in direct response to the needs identified by the Ministry of Health and Population.

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Sagar Rajbhandari

Director

Sukraraj Tropical & Infectious Disease Hospital

The Sukraraj Tropical & Infectious Hospital has been working as a COVID-19 dedicated hospital. The infection rate of the hospital staff is at a minimum. The reason behind this is the mandatory protocol for all staff to wear the PPEs.

Frontline healthcare workers in Nepal are playing a critical role in the fight against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Protecting frontline health workers so they can continue to cater to patients is one of the first steps in fighting a pandemic.

ADB, in partnership with UNICEF, has provided critical personal protective equipment to enable frontline workers and others to safely screen and treat patients.

ADB has delivered rapid test kits to help in rapid surveillance to trace community transmission.

These supplies were flown in by UNICEF and procured in direct response to the needs of the Ministry of Health and Population.

Elike Wish

UNICEF Representative for Nepal

We thank ADB for this partnership which has enabled UNICEF to apply its technical expertise to procure and deliver essential protective equipment at this critical time, to strengthen Nepal’s capacity to save lives. Together we can help protect the most vulnerable in society, including children and young people.

The coveralls and other critically needed personal protection equipment have been delivered to 29 satellite hospitals across the country under the Ministry of Health and Population.

These supplies are being used by health care staff and others in the frontline of COVID-19 response efforts across the country.

Sagar Rajbhandari

Director

Sukraraj Tropical & Infectious Disease Hospital

We would like to thank ADB for providing us these PPEs. The COVID-19 scenario in Nepal has changed now. Community level transmissions have been found. We are still in need of these types of support.

Rudi Van Dael

Principal Portfolio Management Specialist

ADB Nepal

We are very pleased to collaborate with UNICEF Nepal to get critically needed medical supplies for health care staff and others who are on the frontline of response efforts in Nepal, to reduce the risks they face in their everyday life-saving job.

ADB is working closely with the Government of Nepal to support its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.