With new wave of infections, personal protective equipment is again paramount
Jul 29, 2021
Last year, when we provided a large batch of personal protective equipment — masks, gloves, sanitizer — to our medical partners in Senegal, we acquired enough supplies to last them for an extended period of time. But we couldn’t foresee just how extended it would be; the coronavirus has its own plans for survival and continues to find new ways to spread.
As Senegal faces a third wave of coronavirus infections—its worst—driven by the Delta variant, our partners in Dakar, Tambacounda, and surrounding rural villages are again asking for the basic supplies that are necessary when treating patients. We are helping them acquire more high-quality N95 and KN95 masks, as well as disposable gloves and sanitizer.
Thanks to a $25,000 grant for coronavirus relief from the Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine Kaye Foundation, we have already furnished Dr. Juliette Faye, at the Women’s Center of Dakar, with a fresh batch of supplies. Soon, more will be reaching Dr. Magueye Ba at the Sinthian Medical Clinic, and others will be sent to Tambacounda Hospital.
Senegal, for much of the pandemic, has had a very low infection rate, attributed sometimes to its youthful population and its warm climate, where much of life takes place outdoors. But with only approximately 700,000 fully vaccinated individuals out of a population of 15 million, the virus will continue to circulate and we will continue to provide supplies. If you would like to contribute to coronavirus relief in Senegal, please join us by making a donation.