U.S. Southern Command's Joint Task Force Bravo donated personal protective equipment and medications through Southcom's humanitarian assistance program to support the municipalities of Villa de San Antonio, La Paz, Ajuterique and Lejamani in Honduras.
The donation included KN95 masks, gloves, gowns, booties, head covers, disinfecting supplies and medication to benefit the health care providers of the Roberto Suazo Cordova Hospital, a regional hospital that receives patients from all over La Paz. Donations were also provided to the emergency committees in the municipalities of Villa de San Antonio in the department of La Paz, and Ajuterique and Lejamani in the department of Comayagua for distribution to local health care clinics. The donations are valued at more than $52,000.
The task force continuously works to build partnerships to foster security, stability and prosperity for Honduran citizens through a variety of missions, including personal protective equipment donations in response to COVID-19 throughout the country, officials said.
Army Col. John Litchfield, the new task force commander, personally delivered the donations to meet with local mayors, health care leaders and authorities and to underscore the task force's commitment to supporting its partners and hosts in this time of need.
"We are committed to supporting your efforts in the fight against COVID-19," Litchfield said. "We are part of this community, and we are in this together. Your success is our success, and I look forward to continuing strengthening our partnership. We are together in this fight, and we are committed to supporting you as friends and neighbors."