Photo of the Day: Swaziland Receives Medical Equipment through Project C.U.R.E.
By EGPAF | January 30, 2014
The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) in collaboration with Project C.U.R.E (Commission on Urgent Relief and Equipment) donated medical equipment and supplies worth U.S. $500,000 to Swaziland’s Ministry of Health (MOH) to help strengthen health services provided to mothers, infants, and children in the country.
The donation includes laboratory, dental, wellness, and theatre equipment. This comes after an extensive on-site assessment of health facilities identified by Swaziland’s MOH, revealing that most facilities lack sufficient funds to purchase essential equipment.
“The new equipment will increase access to high quality health services to the mother-baby pair, and eliminate new HIV infections among children as well as keep mothers alive,” said Mohammed Mahdi, M.D., EGPAF Swaziland country director.
Swaziland has the highest HIV prevalence in the world, with 26 percent of the population living with HIV, yet it ranks among the countries where laboratory equipment, facilities, and technicians are not yet universally distributed to ensure adequate testing. The donated equipment will go a long way toward scaling up Swaziland’s health system.
Photo by Heather Mason for EGPAF.