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COVID-19 Prevention Medical Equipment Handed To Nauru

personal protective equipment (PPE) were handed over to H.E.
Michael Aroi, Nauru High Commissioner (left) in Nadi, Fiji
today. (Photo: Imran Khan, UNDP) The consignments were
carried by Nauru Airlines and departed Nadi International
Airport to Nauru today. (Photo: Imran Khan,

Nadi, Fiji – The Nauru
Government has received medical equipment and supplies
crucial for its COVID-19 prevention and response. This was
made possible through an initiative to support Nauru’s
strategic response to COVID-19, that is funded by the
India-UN Development Fund, UN Office for South-South
Cooperation (UNOSSC), Multi-Country Western Pacific
Integrated HIV & TB Programme Funded by the Global Fund
and UN Development Programme (UNDP).

The personal
protective equipment (PPE), such as face shields, goggles,
gloves, gowns and masks; worth US$84,178 were handed over
and departed Nadi International Airport for Nauru

H.E. Michael Aroi, Nauru High Commissioner
said, “I am thankful for the provision of PPE which are
very crucial items for our medical staff to conduct their
tasks safely and efficiently. We have received COVID-19
vaccine doses from the COVAX Facility and now with PPE, we
will strengthen our strategic response to the COVID-19

The Acting High Commissioner of India,
Mr. Saifullah Khan said that the grant of one million
dollars under the India-UN Development Fund will strengthen
Nauru’s strategic response and preparedness to the
pandemic. This is in addition to the 10,000 doses of the
India-made Covishield (AstraZeneca) vaccines gifted by the
Government of India. It reached Nauru on Thursday 8 April
2021 and will enable Nauru to roll out its vaccine programme
from Monday 19 April 2021.

The COVID-19 response
support project for Nauru is implemented by UNDP in
partnership with the Nauru Ministry of Health, with
technical assistance provided by the World Health
Organisation (WHO).

Dr Akeem Ali, Acting Director of
Pacific Technical Support and the acting WHO Representative
to the South Pacific said, “Nauru has been working
tirelessly to prepare for COVID-19 which includes looking at
the health system as a whole and addressing gaps to ensure
the country is resilient. The provision of these medical
equipment is a part of this effort. We are glad to see that
Nauru’s medical teams are now better equipped and better
trained, and WHO is very glad to be working with Nauru
throughout the process.”

Levan Bouadze, Resident
Representative, UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji said, “We are
pleased to be part of this initiative which enables Nauru to
strengthen its health sector to respond to challenges
associated with COVID-19. I would like to thank the
government of India for its generous support to this project
and WHO, our partner in implementation, for excellent
cooperation in this great example of south-south

The support programme commenced in
July 2020 to strengthen health sector by providing medical
equipment and supplies in preparation for COVID-19 scenario.
It also supports Nauru to ensure healthy lives and promote
well-being for all at all ages (Sustainable Development Goal

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