Donation of Protective Equipment for Prevention of Ebola in Honduras

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• Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) and Taiwan deliver equipment to protect health personnel against communicable diseases like Ebola

• Donation is a direct response to the call of world leaders for increased preparedness for possible outbreaks of Ebola

Tegucigalpa, Honduras (November 17, 2015) – Through the cooperation of the government of Taiwan and the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF), the Honduras Ministry of Health received a donation of personal protective equipment for the prevention of Ebola in Honduras.

Each kit contains personal protective items that meet the rigorous standards of international health organization, including gowns, goggles, respirators, masks, gloves, biohazard bags, aprons, and other essential gear. According to international health experts, quick access to such equipment is essential to prevent the spread of the virus.

These supplies will provide protection for health personnel who are in contact with patients suspected of having infectious diseases, including Ebola.

The project is a direct response to a request from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other world leaders for increased international cooperation to better address the potential threat posed by Ebola in the Americas.

With support from Taiwan, PADF is procuring and delivering Clinical Care Kits to Honduras and other countries in the region including Panamá, Belize and Haití. In the event of an Ebola outbreak, the equipment can be quickly deployed to hospitals and other care facilities to protect medical personnel who treat patients with Ebola.

Honduras Health Minister Yolani Batres announced that the country has taken the necessary measures to prevent Ebola in response to the alert that occurred in several countries.

When deployed properly, these protective suits are instrumental in preventing infection, and international health agencies have outlined strict protocols for their use.

"To the best of our ability, we will continue working on emergency preparedness in the Americas by providing assistance and responding to local, high priority needs that may save many lives," said Joseph Y.L. Kuo, Ambassador of Taiwan in Honduras.

"This donation will enable Honduras health services to have protective equipment to prevent the transmission and spread of Ebola in case of an outbreak of this virus," said Caterina Valero, General Manager PADF programs. “PADF is grateful to the government of Taiwan for facilitating this cooperation with Honduras, and for quickly and efficiently responding to Secretary Kerry’s and others’ call for increased international cooperation for this purpose. It is humanitarian partnerships like these that help the region prepare for and respond to emergencies and express the true spirit of international solidarity.

PADF and Taiwan have been collaborating with countries throughout the region to address emergencies and natural disasters. The Taiwan-PADF Disaster Assistance and Reconstruction Fund is a five-year partnership to foster preparedness and mitigation programs. Community-based disaster preparedness projects have been carried out in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Belize. 

Mask, goggles, hood and apron. Credit: World Health Organization

Mask, goggles, hood and apron. Credit: World Health Organization

·      With the support of Taiwan, PADF procured 100 Clinical Care Kits to be distributed in the event of the introduction of Ebola in Latin America and Caribbean.

·      Seven Clinical Care Kits will treat one Ebola patient for up to 15 days.

·      Kits meet the rigorous standards of the WHO.

·      Kits contain gowns, goggles, respirators, masks, gloves, biohazard bags, and aprons, among other items.