American People Donate Medical Supplies for Zanzibar Ferry Accident Victims
September 20, 2011
On September 19, U.S. Ambassador to the United Republic of Tanzania, Alfonso E. Lenhardt handed over US$10,000 worth of medical supplies and equipment from the American people through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to Dr. Mohamed A. Jiddawy, Principal Secretary of Zanzibar's Ministry of Health. The supplies will replenish items used by Mnazi Mmoja Hospital and other hospitals to treat survivors of the MV Spice Islanders tragedy of September 10.
The donated medical supplies and equipment included examination and surgical gloves, cotton wool, gauze rolls, blood pressure machines, stethoscopes and a large autoclave machine. During the hand over, Ambassador Lenhardt extended deepest condolences and sympathy from the American people to the people of Zanzibar, especially to the families of the victims and those who were affected by the accident which happened in the Indian Ocean, near Nungwi.
Underscoring U.S. support for Tanzania, Ambassador Lenhardt said: "On behalf of President Obama, and the American People, I offer heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the people of Zanzibar, and especially to those families who lost family members in the recent tragedy. The people of the United States of America stand by our friends in times of need, and the people of Zanzibar and Tanzania are true friends. We are pleased to offer this help during this difficult time and look forward to continuing to work with Tanzanians for the mutual benefits of our countries. I recognize the heroic efforts of so many involved in the rescue effort that saved over 600 lives. Among those efforts were doctors and staff from Mnazi Mmoja and other hospitals who worked tirelessly to ensure survivors were given the treatment needed. I would like to recognize and thank Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University, who assisted in organizing this donation. "
Dr. Mohamed A. Jiddawy thanked Ambassador Lenhardt for the support offered to the people of Zanzibar noting: “They say a friend in need is a friend indeed. This donation demonstrates that the American people are good friends of Zanzibar and (the) Tanzanian people in general. On behalf of the Government of Zanzibar, we thank you and the U.S. Government and would like to assure you that these supplies will be used appropriately and will reach intended beneficiaries”
The medical equipment and supplies were donated to Mnazi Mmoja Hospital under the U.S. funded Mothers and Infants, Safe, Healthy and Alive (MAISHA) Program led by Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University. Since 2008, the American people have partnered with the Government of Zanzibar to improve maternal and newborn health outcomes in the isles.
Earlier this year, the American people sponsored the handing over of medical equipment and supplies worth $15,000 USD to benefit pregnant women seeking services at nine health facilities in Unguja and Pemba—the two main islands of the Zanzibar archipelago.