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January 17, 2024

Donation Ceremony of Medical Equipment and Materials to Two Maternity Centers in Niamey

Embassy of the United States of America

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Niamey

For Immediate Release

 

Donation Ceremony of Medical Equipment and Materials to Two Maternity Centers in Niamey

Niamey, Niger – On Friday, January 12, the United States Embassy participated in a donation ceremony of medical equipment and materials to two maternity centers in Niamey, Dar Es Salam and Lazaret Maternities. This donation of materials and equipment is part of a grassroots assistance program for Nigerien communities called the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help (SSH) Fund.

The handover ceremony took place at the Dar Es Salam maternity compound with the participation of a team from the U.S. Embassy led by the Deputy Chief of Mission, Susan N’Garnim.

Administrative and customary authorities also attended the ceremony:

– The Mayor of the Niamey 2 Communal District

– The regional representative of the Director for public health, populations and social affairs

– Traditional leaders from Lazaret and Dar Es Salam

The Deputy Chief of Mission reaffirmed the U.S. government’s support for the Nigerien population. “This project is part of the U.S. government’s support plan for the well-being of the Nigerien populations, particularly women and children.” According to N’Garnim, “What is most special about the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help program is that it is more than financial assistance. It represents a partnership that requires strong community involvement.”

For the Mayor of the Niamey 2 Communal District, “This donation comes at the right time because it will strengthen the intervention capacities of our health facilities for the well-being of vulnerable groups, particularly women and children.”

The NGO Initiative et Développement Durable (IDD) is implementing this $9,000 (5.5 million CFA) donation of materials and equipment, financed by the U.S. government. The materials included modern delivery beds, hospital beds, scales for infants and adults, electronic blood pressure monitors, screens, gloves, thermometers, and rechargeable lamps.

The materials and equipment will enable higher quality medical services in the two maternity compounds for the benefit of several thousand women and children.

Based on the involvement of various stakeholders, and especially the community itself, the U.S. Embassy is reassured that the management committees of these health centers will ensure proper maintenance of this equipment and lay the groundwork for future contributions.

 

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