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Humanitarian Assistance Delivery Remarks, DCM Andrea Tomaszewicz, Mayor’s Office,
December 21, 2020, 10:00 a.m.
As a committed partner to the Djiboutian people, the United States is donating approximately $50,000 worth of health supplies to the six arrondissements in Boulaos, Balballa, and Ras Dika through the Office of the Mayor of Djibouti City. This donation comes from the American people through the U.S. military. It includes cleaners, soaps, sanitizer, sanitization equipment, and other public health materials that will directly contribute to the wellbeing of the residents of Djibouti City.
This is the first donation the American people have made through the U.S. military to specifically support the work of the local government in maintaining the health of the citizens of Djibouti City. The project was undertaken with the support and assistance of the Ministry of the Interior. We are encouraged and inspired by the success of the national and local governments in Djibouti in responding to the recent COVID-19 worldwide pandemic. We appreciate their continued efforts in the face of many challenges to public health, from COVID-19, to malaria, to other mosquito born illnesses.
We are all working to ensure that the COVID-19 virus does not compound the adverse effects of other diseases, such as malaria. This project was undertaken originally to address COVID-19, though the supplies and equipment are just as useful in preventing colds, flus, malaria, and other infectious diseases. As you may know, as a steadfast partner the American people have pledged approximately $5 million to support Djibouti’s response to COVID-19.
Together, we are working to address the health challenges facing our communities. I am delighted to join you at this important donation event. Thank you.