Donated Masks and Gowns Help Mitigate COVID-19 Cases In Guyana
Brother’s Brother Foundation donated a 40’ container of personal protective equipment and other medical supplies to the Linden Hospital Complex in Guyana last summer.
The shipment included more than 13,000 isolation gowns and over 11,000 face masks that were distributed to the complex’s three hospitals and health centers in nearby communities.
Guyana is one of the most impoverished countries in the Western Hemisphere, with 35% of its population living below the poverty line. Rural communities are often completely isolated from modern services, including health care, while families in urban slums live in makeshift shacks. Both conditions posed difficult challenges when it came to mitigating the spread of COVID-19.
Data from Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center reported Guyana’s largest peak in COVID-19 cases in January 2022. Another outbreak began emerging in May of the same year. BBF’s donated PPE arrived when authorities in the country were monitoring and implementing preventive measures to keep virus from spreading further.
Staff from BBF’s on-the-ground distributing partner, Food For The Poor, described the shipment as “vital to the facilities’ infection control program, which no doubt helped to control and prevent further outbreaks of COVID-19 in communities.”
BBF donated four shipments of donated medical supplies to Guyana last year.
[Staff members at Linden Hospital in Linden, Guyana, prepare donated PPE and supplies.]
[Dr. Frank Anthony, Minister of Health in Guyana, has a discussion with staffers at Kwakwani Hospital in Upper-Berbice River region, Guyana.]