The Policy Times Dhaka Bureau:
On Monday (July 26), U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires JoAnne Wagner and US-Bangladesh Business Council officials joined officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Directorate-General for Health Services in welcoming a special delivery of essential medical supplies to bolster the country’s response to COVID-19[FEMALE[FEMININE The medical supplies were donated by the US-Bangladesh Business Council in partnership with CURE project, an American NGO and the world’s largest distributor of medical donations. The donation includes 60 oxygen concentrators, as well as variable positive air pressure (VPAP) units and other oxygen supplies and device accessories – as well as 45,000 pieces of personal protective equipment, including KN95 and N95 masks – to help COVID-19 patients at medical schools across the country.
The initiative was developed by members of the US-Bangladesh Business Council Chevron, Excelerate Energy, Metlife and HSBC Bangladesh with the support and coordination of the US Embassy in Dhaka, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Bangladeshi Embassy in Washington, DC, the Bangladesh Foreign Ministry and the Bangladesh Health Services Bureau.
“I am proud to see American business leaders coming together as invaluable partners with this generous donation to help meet the critical health needs of the Bangladeshi people. We must and will continue to use our collective resources to fight this pandemic together, protect health and save precious lives, ”said Chargé d’Affaires Wagner.
“Council members have come together to support our friends and partners in Bangladesh to fight the outbreak of the pandemic with emergency supplies of medical equipment which we hope can provide life-saving care,” Nisha said. Biswal, President of the US-Bangladesh Business Council. “The strong partnership between the Council and its members, Project CURE, the US and Bangladeshi governments, demonstrates timely support and a strong friendship between our two countries in times of need. ”
“Throughout the COVID pandemic, Chevron has worked hard to continue providing the energy the people of Bangladesh need to overcome the humanitarian and economic challenges of the virus. The US business community, under the leadership of the US-Bangladesh Business Council, stands ready to support the people of Bangladesh during this extraordinary crisis, ”said Jay R. Pryor, Chevron vice president of business development and chairman from US-Bangladesh. Company advice. “By working together, we will emerge from this crisis ready to embrace a hopeful future.”
Steven Kobos, President and CEO of Excelerate Energy and Board Member of the US-Bangladesh Business Council, said, “The health and safety of our employees and local communities in Bangladesh is our top priority, because Excelerate Energy continues to provide safe, secure and reliable energy services to the country. We are grateful that Project CURE has the experience and logistical expertise to bring this lifesaving equipment to where it is most needed. “
“For over 150 years, MetLife has helped people protect their families and build a more confident future. This is our goal and we are happy that our MetLife Foundation is able to provide this much needed medical equipment as part of our ongoing work to help Bangladeshis achieve peace of mind in the face of lingering uncertainty, ”said Elena Butarova, Senior Vice President of MetLife and Board Member Board of Directors of the US-Bangladesh Business Council.
HSBC Bangladesh CEO Md Mahbub Ur Rahman said: “Since the pandemic began in 2020, HSBC has been standing with people in need and on the front lines with our ‘Joy of Giving’ initiative. We have worked to reach over 100,000 people with food, medical supplies and livelihood support across Bangladesh. I hope this medical relief with our partners is timely in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and HSBC is happy to be a part of this humble initiative. “
Dr Douglas Jackson, The President and CEO of Project CURE said: “Project CURE has been on the front line in addressing the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19 – first providing national relief to help our local communities across the States – United – and now join our partners in the vital mission to fight COVID-19 around the world, including in Bangladesh. These relief shipments will be important tools to help local health professionals as they work tirelessly to serve their communities and bring them health and hope.
In the coming weeks, the Council will mobilize additional medical supplies, including a delivery of 100 emergency relief beds.