April 20, 2020: The U.S. Embassy in Mauritius and the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) have donated 2000 N95 masks, 21,000 gloves 1,100 shoe covers, and 875 protective suits to the Mauritius Ministry of Health and Wellness. The equipment will assist doctors, nurses, and medical professionals who are the frontline heroes in fighting this epidemic. The United States has a strong security partnership with Mauritius, and this donation is part of AFRICOM’s humanitarian assistance to reduce human suffering and provide essential services to vulnerable populations.
“The United States provides aid for altruistic reasons, because we believe it’s the right thing to do. We also do it because pandemics don’t respect national borders. If we can help countries contain outbreaks, we’ll save lives abroad and at home in the United States,” said U.S. Ambassador to Mauritius David Reimer.
The U.S. Government is leading the world’s humanitarian and health response to the COVID-19 pandemic even while we battle the virus at home. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the U.S. Government has committed over $500 million in global assistance. This funding improves public health education, protects healthcare facilities, and increases laboratory capacity. This donation is the first part of additional assistance from the United States Government to address the Covid-19 outbreak in Mauritius.