Joana Lina, governor of Luanda (5th from left) with members of Luanda province government and representatives of bp and world vision
bp and World Vision Angola (NGO) handed over medical supplies, reagents, laboratory equipment worth of $440 thousand dollars to 3 main hospitals in Luanda, estimated to benefit over 165,000 people per month who visit these facilities for medical support on matters related to maternal-child health and malnutrition. The event is part of a bp sponsored project ‘’more and better health’’ in implementation since 2018.
Why it matters: The supplies come at a time when hospitals are facing some shortages with a lot of the government resources have been diverted to the coronavirus pandemic while the endemic diseases such malnutrition, malaria, and yellow-fever keep growing.
Background: Co-funded by bp and World Vision with $950 thousand and $410 thousand dollars respectively, the 3-year project launched in 2018 was designed to support the government’s National Health Development Plan of 2012 – 2025 which includes prevention and treatment of nutrition-related diseases, neonatal and infant diseases. The program also has a capacity and capability building component for health professionals and their workplace. Joana Lina, the Luanda Province Governor, received the kits from representatives of both bp and World Vision containing hundreds and thousands of commonly used medicines, lab supplies, and some equipment for hospitals serving Cacuaco, Kapalanga, and Samba communities.
''Thank you bp and World Vision for these resources and I urge all representatives of the hospitals for exemplary, responsible, and transparent management. The experts have made us aware that we have to learn to live with the COVID-19 pandemic but we should also not forget the other already existing diseases that may increase and overwhelm hospitals’ capacity if they are not equipped with the right resources.''
- Joana Lina, Luanda Province Governor
''We thank the authorities for the opportunity and bp for the trust and partnership and we are delighted to be part of this great initiative of supporting the increase of infant and maternity health through this program as we help hospitals to be better prepared to cope with demand.''
- Maria Carolina da Silva, Programs Director, World Vision Angola
''Today is a very important day as we reach a great milestone in the project’s aims with the handover of these resources, a key component for the successful implementation of the project. We would like to thank the health authorities for identifying the needs in these hospitals.''
- Joyce Jose, Sustainable Development Manager, bp Angola
In closing the event, the Governor stressed that ‘’Health authorities should provide the donors with timely stats on the effectiveness of the project as a key component to securing future donations from prestigious international organisations and the training component that will be provided to health professionals will improve the quality of services provided to communities’’.