Mahé, 16th August 2020 – As part of its COVID-19 Emergency Response Programme (CERP), the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB) has donated a medical ventilator with 28 components including a neonatal component, to combat the Covid-19 pandemic in the Seychelles, in collaboration with the country’s Ministry of Finance, Budget and Economic Planning and the Seychelles Health Care Agency.
The medical equipment was handed over during a ceremony which took place on the 12th of August 2021 at the Sheikh Khalifa Diagnostic Center, Seychelles Hospital, Mont Fleuri by, on behalf of TDB, Ms. Nisreen Abdul-Majid, CEO of Seychelles Pension Fund, one of TDB’s institutional shareholders, to Dr. Danny Louange, CEO of the Health Care Agency, Ministry of Health.
Hon. Peggy Vidot, Minister of Health of Seychelles said: “It is a pleasure to accept the donation of this specialised medical ventilator, which will be added to our armamentarium in the treatment of patients with COVID-19. This donation also represents the collective efforts in reducing morbidity and mortality from the disease”.
Mr. Admassu Tadesse, TDB Group Managing Director and President Emeritus said that: “While Seychelles has served as an example globally in the COVID-19 vaccination campaign, the fight against the pandemic is not yet over. As part of a broad response plan for the region, we are pleased to support the Government of Seychelles in its efforts to combat the pandemic with this ventilator, which can help to save the lives of those who have been infected.”
Ms. Mary Kamari, TDB Corporate Affairs and Investor Relations Executive added that “Among other interventions, through CERP, TDB provides personal protective and medical equipment to its Member States to help mitigate the impact of the pandemic and help their healthcare systems cope with the increased demand at a time when they need it the most. Over and above CERP, the Bank also extended a USD ½ million grant to the African Union’s Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) to support the response on a continental-level.”
Established in 1985, the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB) is a multilateral, treaty-based, investment-grade development finance institution, with 41 sovereign and institutional shareholders and assets of USD 7 bn. TDB serves 22 economies in its region, with the mandate to finance and foster trade, regional economic integration, and sustainable development.
TDB is part of the TDB Group, which also comprises TDF (the Trade and Development Fund), ESATF (the Eastern and Southern African Trade Fund), TCI (TDB Captive Insurance), and the TDB Academy.
Anne-Marie Iskandar, Senior Communications Officer
Corporate Affairs and Investor Relations
Trade and Development Bank