The European Union and the WHO provide support to the Republic of Moldova by delivering personal protective equipment to the health workers in the Transnistrian region
6 august 2020, Chișinău
One of the largest humanitarian aid to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic delivered by the European Union to the Republic of Moldova includes personal protective equipment, which will be donated to the health workers from the healthcare facilities in the Transnistrian region.
The humanitarian aid includes 121,000 surgical masks, 35,000 N95 respirators, 3,600 protective gowns and 1,600 goggles being part of the first tranche of humanitarian aid provided to the Republic of Moldova by the European Union and the World Health Organization (WHO). The protective equipment meets quality and safety standards and is intended for the health workers on the front-line against the pandemic, as part of the EU Solidarity for Health initiative. The assistance is being provided following a request from the Republic of Moldova, being coordinated with its authorities.
Peter Michalko, Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova visited today the national warehouse SANFARM-PRIM to get to grips with the storage conditions of the humanitarian aid, medicines and medical devices, as well as with the national mechanisms for distributing donations to healthcare facilities.
“The European Union continues to stand by the citizens of the Republic of Moldova, providing the necessary support to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic to the health workers in the Transnistrian region. Through the efforts and assistance of the EU Solidarity for Health initiative, we want to reach all front-line workers fighting this pandemic. The European Union provides support for promoting the dialogue among people and for the improvement of the lives of all the inhabitants of the Republic of Moldova”, claimed Peter Michalko, Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova
Dr Igor Pokanevych, WHO Representative and Head of the WHO Country Office in the Republic of Moldova, said: “The delivery of the protective equipment, made possible due to the contribution of the European Union, will bring significant contribution to reducing the risks faced every day by the health workers and will contribute to protecting them, the patients and vulnerable people against this virus but will also allow to save the lives of those in need of assisted breathing and oxygen.”
The donation of personal protective equipment is part of the European Union's response to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, which has registered more than 12 million cases in 216 countries and territories worldwide. The first batch of personal protective equipment from the EU and WHO arrived in the country on July 14, 2020. The second tranche for the Republic of Moldova will include 330,000 gloves, 356 oxygen concentrators, 41 patient monitors, 40 ventilators, 215 pulse oximeters, 1500 kits for laboratory tests and 12,000 kits for sampling, in the total amount of EUR 2.8 million.
On 27 March 2020, the European Union announced an assistance package of EUR 30.5 million to help prevent, detect and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Eastern Partnership countries. The initial funds were used to meet immediate emergency needs, such as procuring personal protective equipment, training the health workers and other staff involved in fighting against COVID-19 and informing the population about the protection measures. In the longer term, the assistance will be provided for strengthening the country's capacity to respond to public health emergencies.
The project builds upon the ongoing support of the European Union, WHO and the United Nations provided to the Republic of Moldova.
For further information, please contact:
The Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova