Kinshasa, January 22nd 2021 – As part of its Covid-19 Emergency Response Programme (CERP), the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB) has donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to benefit frontline healthcare workers, COVID-19 patients, and Congolese citizens in collaboration with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo)’s National Solidarity Fund against Corona Virus (Fonds National de Solidarité Contre le Coronavirus – FNSCC).
Donated supplies include: 80,000 surgical facemasks; 15,000 reusable masks; 3,636 biomedical suits with shoe covers; and 5,500 patient gowns. The donation will support the FNSCC in its mission to combat the negative effects of the pandemic. PPEs will be distributed to frontline healthcare workers, staff members in schools, universities and non-profit associations.
The supplies were handed over during a ceremony hosted at the FNSCC by Dr. Jean Munongo Muteba, Deputy Coordinator of FNSCC, this past 24th of December 2020. Mr. Jerry Mushayuma, representing TDB, presented the donation to Hon. José Sele Yalaghuli, DR Congo’s Minister of Finance and Budget.
TDB Group MD and TDB Chief Executive Mr. Admassu Tadesse said that, “As the world-wide emergency response continues to take place in mitigating the effects of the Covid-19 crisis during this second wave, TDB is delighted to support the efforts of the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo in the fight against the pandemic.”
Mary Kamari, TDB Corporate Affairs and Investor Relations Executive added that,“TDB is implementing the Covid-19 Emergency Response Programme (CERP), via which essential supplies are procured from factories locally and the region to address healthcare sector initiatives, while supporting local private sector and employment, including of women and youth.”
Established in 1985, the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB) is a multilateral, treaty-based, investment-grade development finance institution, with 40 sovereign and institutional shareholders and assets of USD 6.7 bn. TDB serves 22 economies in its region, with the mandate to finance and foster trade, regional economic integration and sustainable development.
Anne-Marie Iskandar, Senior Communications Officer
Corporate Affairs and Investor Relations
Trade and Development Bank