Phnom Penh: Medical supplies from Cambodia are helpingTo developing countries to combat the spread of COVID-19. This is according to the release of the report of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on July 9, 2020.
The report cites an urgent response to global efforts to combat the epidemic. Sustainable and Climate Change (SDCC) has raised funds for Technical Assistance (TA) on regional support to address COVID outbreaks. 19 in the amount of $ 48.3 million at the beginning of 2020.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has received requests from developing member countries to use the technical assistance needed to strengthen the health care system in Cambodia. Prevention, detection and treatment of COVID-19 cases.
As of the end of June 2020, the ADB, through its Procurement and Financial Management (PPFD) Department, has been operating and approving $ 15 million under technical assistance with suppliers of personal protective equipment (PPE), test equipment, diagnostic equipment, laboratory equipment and other essential equipment More to fight the disease. This is in addition to the $ 16.7 million procurement services provided by UNICEF through the same technical assistance.
Medtecs is one of the suppliers selected through the competitive procurement process conducted by PPFD and is contracted in $ 5 million to produce shoe covers and protective clothing for distribution to frontline health workers in 11 developing countries.
The company has been operating in Cambodia since 1999 and has 5,500 employees in a factory in Kampong Cham province. About 82% of the company's employees are women. The factory provides stable employment for the Cambodian people living there and contributes to the local economy, which is especially important as Cambodia Economically affected by COVID-19.
The company spent about a month expanding its operations to meet global PPE demand for a total of nearly 1.2 million textile production. The company currently has a monthly production capacity of up to: 8 million protective clothing, 2.5 million protective suits and 4 million shoe covers. The goods passed the inspection by an independent third party and began shipping out of Cambodia in late June for export to the destination country. Other.
Jesper Pedersen, ADB Procurement Specialist, said: “The first items purchased under the Emergency Procurement Guidelines The ADB in response to COVID-19 is manufactured in developing countries, which are also donor countries. ADB is pleased to contribute directly to procurement and facilitate the mobilization of supply for urgent needs from sources. In the world and to other developing countries. ”