A local hospital in Luanda has received a donation of medical supplies and equipment from BP to enhance its services for people in the area.
A local hospital in Luanda has received a donation of medical supplies and equipment from BP to enhance its services for people in the area. The $280,000 (US dollar) donation to Divina Providência hospital in Luanda includes equipment such as medicine, beds, mattresses, gloves, wheelchairs and sheets and is the second part of a four-container shipment commissioned by BP in partnership with a US based non-governmental organization, Project CURE. The organisation, which specializes in medical equipment collects supplies from hospitals, medical manufacturers, wholesale distributors and donors from across the United States and delivers to hospitals worldwide.
The donation we have just received from BP adds quality to our services and will benefit thousands of familiesChiara Giusto
After receiving the donation, Chiara Giusto, administrative director of the Hospital, said: ’’A good functioning hospital needs quality equipment and supplies, the donation we have just received from BP adds quality to our services and will benefit thousands of families.” Paulo Pizarro, Angola’s vice president of communications and external affairs, who, with several other BP employees handed over the items to the hospital said “The hospital is well organized, efficient, clean, well maintained and has some high calibre medical staff (many of whom are volunteers), despite attending a high number of patients every day with limited funds and human resources. It is great value for our investment and we will continue to support them in order to maximize their impact and share their experience.’’ The average attendance at the facility is around 920 outpatients per day and 134 inpatients and the donation will help mitigate the shortage of medical supplies and equipment.
BP became involved in the project in 2012 when health specialists from Project CURE in collaboration with the Ministry of Health supported by BP, conducted an assessment to three hospitals in Luanda to identify the type of equipment’s and supplies needed to improve the services. As a result, BP commissioned four large containers to be donated to them. In 2014 BP staff in Houston helped to load the first container which was delivered to Divina Providência Hospital in October of same year. The current delivery is the second of two containers for Divina Providencia hospital and the next two deliveries, scheduled to arrive later this year, will go to Neves Bendinha hospital, specifically to support the burns and trauma units, and to Cajueiros Hospital. In the past BP and its partners in block 18 funded the rehabilitation of some areas of the hospital, supplied equipment for one of the health centres under the tutelage of the hospital and provided support for a malnutrition programme.