The Brazilian government made humanitarian donations to the governments of Fiji, Lebanon and São Tomé and Príncipe to support those countries in recovery actions. For Fiji, the donation included mobile warehouses, satellite phones and portable communication terminals to contribute to better and faster care for the victims of the tropical cyclone Yasa, which hit the country in late 2020. The Brazilian donations will serve not only for Fiji’s emergency recovery after the devastation caused by the cyclone, but also to increase the country’s resilience capabilities in the event of new natural disasters.
For Lebanon, the donation included RT-PCR tests and oxygen concentrators to assist the country’s efforts to combat COVID-19. The Ambassador of Brazil in Beirut, Hermano Telles Ribeiro, officially handed over those items to the Lebanese Minister of Public Health, Hamad Hasan, on March 18th. The Brazilian donation to São Tomé and Príncipe was used to purchase medical and hospital supplies to reinforce the national contingency plan to combat COVID-19. A ceremony to mark the delivery of those materials took place on 18th December 2020, in the capital São Tomé. Donations were made with the support of the WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger and WFP offices in those three countries. The Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC), from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MRE), coordinated the initiative and the Brazilian embassies in the countries were responsible for the implementation.