Taiwán dona a Honduras equipos de protección contra el ébola

La Tribinua | November 17, 2015

Tegucigalpa, (ACAN-EFE).- Taiwán donará hoy al Gobierno de Honduras varios equipos de protección para el personal sanitario habilitado para atender posibles casos de ébola que ingresen al país centroamericano.

La donación se entregará a través de la Fundación Panamericana de Desarrollo de la Organización de Estados Americanos y responde a una petición del secretario norteamericano de Estado, John Kerry, y otros líderes mundiales para abordar mejor la potencial amenaza que representa el ébola en las Américas.

En la ceremonia de entrega participará la ministra hondureña de Salud, Yolani Batres, la gerente general de Programas de la Fundación Panamericana de Desarrollo, Caterina Valero, y representantes de la embajada de Taiwán en Tegucigalpa.

Honduras no ha registrado hasta ahora ningún caso de ébola, según autoridades locales.

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. 

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    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.

Inclusion Index Shows Progress & Pitfalls for Women, Indigenous Groups

Roberta Jacobson, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State, gave opening remarks at the event.

Roberta Jacobson, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State, gave opening remarks at the event.

Earlier this month the Americas Society unveiled its Social Inclusion Index 2015. This study ranks 17 countries in the Americas across 22 variables including education, civil rights, financial inclusion, LGBT rights, and more. 

Uruguay tops the list for the second consecutive year. Poverty, combined with gender and racial inequalities place Guatemala and Honduras at the bottom. 

"None of our efforts towards growth will be sustainable unless they are socially and economically inclusive," said Roberta Jacobson, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State.

The big picture is that poverty is decreasing in the Americas. Alana Tummino, policy director at the Americas Society/Council of the Americas noted that while progress has been made on many fronts, "women, indigenous, and Afro-descendant populations still lag in many…indicators when compared to the general population.” A few highlights from the report:

  • "Minorities are more vulnerable to poverty than nonminorities, usually by at least 10 percentage points."
  • "The majority of the countries included in the Index improved in access to adequate housing—most significantly Paraguay."
  • "The region’s champions of women’s rights are the U.S., Uruguay, Costa Rica, Argentina, and Colombia."
  • "We saw great improvement in all countries in decreasing the maternal mortality rate. In Bolivia, the rate dropped spectacularly from 8 percent to 1 percent."
  • The top countries for women’s rights are the United States, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Argentina, and Colombia.
  • "Between 2011 and 2014, bank account ownership dramatically increased in the region. Growth was strongest in Brazil and in Mexico."
  • The top five countries for LGBT rights are Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Ecuador. "Paraguay shares the bottom of the scale with countries in the Northern Triangle, particularly Honduras and Guatemala."

This year also marks the start of the UN’s International Decade for People of African Descent.