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USAID Donates Equipment for Disease Prevention

June 15, 2012
Lady holding bike and talking to gentleman (State Dept)

Given that almost 75% of new human diseases derive from animal illnesses, USAID donated approximately $100,000 of equipment last week to the Ministry of Environment, Conservation, and Tourism, the Ministry of Public Health, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, to help them fight and prevent disease in animals.  The donation was made by USAID’s Emerging Pandemic Threats program, which works to anticipate and aggressively fight against the diseases that may trigger future pandemics.

"The program builds on expertise in animal and human health to strengthen local, regional, and national capacity in the early detection of disease, laboratory diagnosis, rapid response and containment, and in reducing risks” said Dr. Diana Putman, USAID/DRC Mission Director.

This donation included computers, bicycles, generators, and motorcycles, for use by each of the three ministries. The Emerging Pandemic Threats project has previously supported the training of nearly 80 health professionals, veterinary officers and nature conservationists in the District of Tshuapa in Equateur province.

“We congratulate the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo,” said Dr. Putman, for its cohesive approach to health, coordinating “the ministries of public health, animal health and ecosystem protection, and sector training and coaching.”