Khartoum, September 15th 2021 – As part of its COVID-19 Emergency Response Programme (CERP), the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB) has donated earlier this year Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to benefit frontline healthcare workers, COVID-19 patients, and Sudanese citizens in collaboration with the Sudan’s Federal Ministry of Health’s Governance for Global Health Department.
Donated supplies consist of 268,000 surgical face masks, 3,000 coverall biosuits, and 3,000 shoe covers which were manufactured in and procured from the TDB region. PPE were distributed to frontline healthcare workers and citizens across the Sudan in regions including Gazera, Nile River, Kasala, Gadarif, White Nile, Northern Kordofan and North State.
Admassu Tadesse, TDB President Emeritus and Group MD said, “DFIs such as TDB have a role to play to help address the challenges its Member States’ communities are facing. TDB is pleased to support the Sudanese Government in its efforts to combat COVID-19, and deliver what is most urgently needed to curtail the dire effects of the pandemic, for the benefit the people of the Sudan.”
Mary Kamari, TDB Corporate Affairs and Investor Relations Executive added that, “TDB has deployed a support plan to help mitigate the socio-economic impact of the pandemic which includes among other activities, our COVID-19 Emergency Response Programme (CERP). Via CERP, TDB is working with suitable partners to procure essential medical supplies, to support the efforts being pursued by our Governments to contain the spreading and ensuing effects of COVID-19.”
The Sudan has been a TDB Member State for almost three decades now. During this period, TDB has extended various trade and project finance facilities to the country, in manufacturing and heavy industries, real estate, agribusiness, among other sectors.
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 7.2 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