Pittsburgh Sends COVID-19 Relief

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At 11:30 am EST 180,000 surgical masks from Brother’s Brother Foundation (BBF) in Pittsburgh, PA took off aboard an Air China cargo flight from JFK. These masks will be distributed to medical facilities fighting Covid- 19 in China. The newly named Coronavirus continues to affect large swaths of the Chinese population as it spreads from Wuhan, Hubei Province.

Pittsburgh-based efforts began in late January to assist our Sister City of Wuhan. BBF, a 61-year-old Pittsburgh-based international aid agency, is sending assistance through a number of channels to meet the challenge of this Global Health Emergency. Additional shipments are scheduled for the coming days.

Shipments of donated medical supplies and protective equipment are being planned for distribution from BBF warehouses in Pittsburgh as well as partner agency locations. Ongoing needs analyses are currently underway across the region as the situation evolves and BBF will remain in constant communication with its on-ground partners.

Brother’s Brother is grateful to the coordinated efforts of several local groups working jointly on this effort. Volunteers with CAST P (Chinese Association for Science and Technology – Pittsburgh) have been instrumental in their assistance with logistics, customs needs, and coordination with Chinese officials. Support and guidance from the Office of the Mayor, The Office of the County Executive, Sister Cities, and the Idea Foundry have enabled this rapid deployment.
At 11:30 am EST 180,000 surgical masks from Brother’s Brother Foundation (BBF) in Pittsburgh, PA took off aboard an Air China cargo flight from JFK. These masks will be distributed to medical facilities fighting Covid- 19 in China. The newly named Coronavirus continues to affect large swaths of the Chinese population as it spreads from Wuhan, Hubei Province.

Pittsburgh-based efforts began in late January to assist our Sister City of Wuhan. BBF, a 61-year-old Pittsburgh-based international aid agency, is sending assistance through a number of channels to meet the challenge of this Global Health Emergency. Additional shipments are scheduled for the coming days.

Shipments of donated medical supplies and protective equipment are being planned for distribution from BBF warehouses in Pittsburgh as well as partner agency locations. Ongoing needs analyses are currently underway across the region as the situation evolves and BBF will remain in constant communication with its on-ground partners.

Brother’s Brother is grateful to the coordinated efforts of several local groups working jointly on this effort. Volunteers with CAST P (Chinese Association for Science and Technology – Pittsburgh) have been instrumental in their assistance with logistics, customs needs, and coordination with Chinese officials. Support and guidance from the Office of the Mayor, The Office of the County Executive, Sister Cities, and the Idea Foundry have enabled this rapid deployment.

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Other ongoing local efforts BBF is coordinating with include the Pittsburgh Chinese Cultural Center and the Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh to ensure that aid is being channeled effectively and without unnecessary duplication of efforts. To deliver needed aid, Brother’s Brother is partnering with both Chinese NGO’s and International NGO’s on the ground including ADRA. Currently requested items include respiratory masks and Personal Protective Equipment.

For information on how Covid-19 is being handled locally please visit the County Health Department where information is updated regularly. https://www.alleghenycounty.us/Health-Department/Resources/Data-and- Reporting/Infectious-Disease-Epidemiology/2019-Novel-Coronavirus.aspx

100% of funds received for this effort will be used to support emergency relief and logistics to affected areas. Donations to assist with relief efforts are greatly appreciated. Credit card donations can be made at www.brothersbrother.org. Checks should be made to the Brother's Brother Foundation and sent to:

Brother's Brother Foundation Note China Relief
1200 Galveston Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15233

For additional information about this press release or other media inquiries please contact Sarah Boal, AVP for Disaster Response & Strategic Initiatives or Ozzy Samad, President at 412-321-3160 in Pittsburgh. For the DC Metro Area contact Laura Kelly, VP of Global Partnerships & Development at 703-865-9001.
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Other ongoing local efforts BBF is coordinating with include the Pittsburgh Chinese Cultural Center and the Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh to ensure that aid is being channeled effectively and without unnecessary duplication of efforts. To deliver needed aid, Brother’s Brother is partnering with both Chinese NGO’s and International NGO’s on the ground including ADRA. Currently requested items include respiratory masks and Personal Protective Equipment.

For information on how Covid-19 is being handled locally please visit the County Health Department where information is updated regularly. https://www.alleghenycounty.us/Health-Department/Resources/Data-and- Reporting/Infectious-Disease-Epidemiology/2019-Novel-Coronavirus.aspx

100% of funds received for this effort will be used to support emergency relief and logistics to affected areas. Donations to assist with relief efforts are greatly appreciated. Credit card donations can be made at www.brothersbrother.org. Checks should be made to the Brother's Brother Foundation and sent to:

Brother's Brother Foundation Note China Relief
1200 Galveston Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15233

For additional information about this press release or other media inquiries please contact Sarah Boal, AVP for Disaster Response & Strategic Initiatives or Ozzy Samad, President at 412-321-3160 in Pittsburgh. For the DC Metro Area contact Laura Kelly, VP of Global Partnerships & Development at 703-865-9001.