Assistance for Countermeasures against Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)

May 14, 2003

  1. To assist the countermeasures against SARS in Indonesia, the Government of Japan decided on May 14 (Wed) to provide medical equipment and other necessities (about 30 million yen in total, including shipping charges) to the country through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

  2. Items of equipment to be provided are as follows:
    (a) Personal Protective Equipment (coveralls, masks, breath support systems, etc.)
    (b) Basic Laboratory Equipment (table-top autoclaves, portable centrifuges, portable biohazard boxes, etc.)
    (c) Blood Sampling Equipment (alcohol swabs, blood collection vacutainers, syringes, etc.)
    (d) Specimen Storage & Shipping Equipment (infectious substance shipper, bio-bottles, coolers, portable liquid nitrogen tanks, etc.)
    (e) Medicaments (Tamiflu)
    (f) Miscellaneous (emergency start up kits, antibacterial soaps, thermometers, etc.)

  3. The Government of Japan decided on April 28 (Mon) to provide medical equipment and other items through JICA to China and six other countries. This assistance is also decided in response to a request from Indonesia, where there is also concern about the effects of SARS.

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