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Medical professionals in Zambia receive PPE

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Hundreds of thousands of essential PPE items, donated by the Scottish Government, have now arrived in Zambia to help tackle the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic thanks to the logistical expertise of KidsOR.  

The PPE has arrived at University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, which is to be used as a distribution centre so that dozens more hospitals in the country can receive the protective equipment over the coming weeks.  

The team at KidsOR has been working round the clock to deliver the Scottish Government’s donation of PPE to African countries, the arrival of which coincides with the emergence of the Omicron variant in the African continent. 

Healthcare workers in Zambia – one of the first countries to receive the PPE items – can now start using the personal protective equipment while treating and caring for patients. The delivery consists of FFP3 masks, visors and goggles.

Garreth Wood, Co-Founder and Chairman of KidsOR, said: “I would like to thank our donors for stepping up to help fund the distribution of so many millions of items of PPE that will prove vital for countries in Africa battling the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, especially now as we are seeing the emergence of the Omicron variant.” 

International Development Minister for the Scottish Government, Jenny Gilruth, added: “I would like to thank KidsOR for supporting us to make it possible to distribute this PPE equipment along with the recent supply of oxygen concentrators and ventilators.” 

The delivery wouldn’t have been possible without The Wood Foundation, Pula Limited, Postcode Innovation Trust and Delta Philanthropies, who came together along with funding from the Scottish Government to fund the £1 million-plus required to cover the shipping costs.

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