April 28, 2020: The U.S. Embassy in Mauritius and Seychelles and the United States Africa
Command (AFRICOM) have donated 2900 KN95 masks and 200 face shields to the Seychelles
Department of Health. The protective equipment will assist medical professionals who are the
frontline heroes in fighting this epidemic. The United States has a strong maritime security
partnership with Seychelles, and this donation is part of AFRICOM’s humanitarian assistance to
reduce human suffering and provide essential services to vulnerable populations.
The donation was made possible through coordination with the public and private sectors.
Transportation of this equipment was contributed by Air Seychelles with logistical support from
M&C Aviation Mauritius, and Service de Demenagement International Mauritius. Eco Service
Mauritius sourced this vital equipment.
“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 and Seychelles David Reimer. This donation is another example of the
deepening cooperation between the United States and the Seychelles.