French firms handover Covid-19 medical gear to NGO in Tanzania

28May 2020
By Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
French firms handover Covid-19 medical gear to NGO in Tanzania

​​​​​​​SIX French companies operating in the country have donated assorted Covid-19 protective gears to Médecins du Monde (MdM)—an international organisation, which has been in the country for more than 25 years.

French Ambassador to Tanzania, Frédéric Clavier hold a placard with Médecins du Monde (MdM), Programme Coordinator Kessy Theophil Ndenengo as a sign of handing over assorted Covid-19 protective equipment on Tuesday in Dar es Salaam. Photo: Guardian Correspondent

The organisation has been working with local communities and stakeholders striving to create positive health impact in the lives of most vulnerable population. 

The French companies which donated the medical supplies include Engie-Power Corner, Total, Maurel& Prom, Tanzania Petroleum Services (TPS) and Oryx.

The donation which was handed-over to Médecins du Monde (MdM)’s Programme Coordinator, Kessy Theophil Ndenengo includes an assortment of sanitary products (hydro-alcoholic solutions), masks and gloves.  These items have been purchased from the Medical Stores Department (MSD) which guarantees international quality certification. In addition a fuel voucher has also been pledged.

The handover ceremony of the equipment was made in the presence of Dr Francis Lukuvi who is the Regional Mental Health Coordinator in the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children.

The donation is a preliminary gesture of Ambassador of France to Tanzania, Frederic Clavier’s promise he made on April 20, when he spoke to media about the French Embassy’s initiative of mobilising French companies in Tanzania to join hands and support government’s efforts by offering sanitary products and medical equipment needed to fight against the propagation of the epidemic.

In handing over this medical equipment, Ambassador Clavier said: “This crisis is affecting every part of the society and all of us are trying to do what we can to help.  It is vital that we support the most vulnerable in our communities.” 

“Suffice it to say that today’s donation represents the French traditional spirit of benevolence. When one simply looks at the Global Fund generous contributors, one will certainly notice that France is the second largest contributor,” he said.

For his part, President of the French Trade Commercial Advisors in Tanzania (CCEF), Christophe  Darmois said: “There is no big or small effort to combat the Novel Coronavirus. There is only effort. Companies represented through the CCEF of Tanzania are proud to contribute to anything that could help curbing the curve of the disease in Tanzania. Preventing the disease to widely spread, protecting our people from Tanzania and overseas, fighting against Covid-19 and eventually is what we strive for together.”

Médecins du Monde (MdM) General Coordinator for Tanzania and Kenya, Ivan Duran, has expressed MdM’s appreciation for the generous donation from the French private sector in Tanzania:

“MdM is working together with the Ministry of Health in increasing the capacities of health facilities. We strongly applaud and appreciate the generosity of the French Companies. This kind of material is essential to protect the Tanzanian health workers that are fighting everyday providing care to the population”.

This donation is made under the aegis of the newly created Franco-Tanzanian Chamber of Commerce. The French Embassy in collaboration with the Franco-Tanzanian Chamber of Commerce will continue to venture in more areas of supporting Tanzania’s fight against Covid-19. 

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