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The IITA team, led by Dr Kokou Kintche, IITA DRC, with Governor Theo Ngwabidje Kasi at the South Kivu governor’s office.

Package delivered to fight COVID-19 crisis in South-Kivu

As part of its social responsibility activities, CGIAR-IITA, in collaboration with the Catholic University of Bukavu (UCB), delivered donations to South Kivu administrative division in the Democratic Republic of Congo, to combat the effects of the coronavirus pandemic in the country. The relief package, delivered on 23 June, is part of a short and long-term action plan to assist the provincial government of South Kivu during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

This first batch of relief materials included mattresses for medical use to facilitate the extension and creation of a new reception center for persons infected with COVID-19. Also among items supplied were bags of rice and beans, oil, and protective masks, for people affected by COVID-19 in South Kivu.

The IITA team, led by Dr Kokou Kintche, IITA DRC, with Governor Theo Ngwabidje Kasi at the South Kivu governor’s office.

The IITA team, led by Dr Kokou Kintche, IITA DRC, with Governor Theo Ngwabidje Kasi at the South Kivu governor’s office.

During the handover ceremony, IITA Director General Nteranya Sanginga highlighted IITA’s framework of corporate social responsibility as the foundation for this action. He said it also constitutes an opportunity for the Institute and its partners, such as UCB, to demonstrate their capacity to support the Congolese government in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic and its associated food security risks. The Governor of South Kivu, His Excellency Mr Theo Ngwabidje Kasi, received the donations from IITA Scientist Kokou Kintche.

Governor Kasi thanked IITA for its support to the province. He noted that while IITA is a long-term partner of the DRC government, the Institute is increasingly becoming the strategic partner for South Kivu development. The Governor cited as an example the fish project funded by the DRC government, which IITA is co-implementing with Fond pour la Promotion Industrielle (FPI).

In the coming days, IITA will commence the distribution of a second batch of materials, which will consist of 500 rapid test kits and 3000 swabs (secretion collection tools). The rapid test kits will be handed over to UCB and the General Hospital, while the swabs will be given to the provincial ministry of public health to facilitate use of polymerase chain reaction (PCR), a method or tool for diagnosing viral diseases.

COVID-19DR CongoIITA News no. 2543

Communications • 5th July 2020


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