Chinese first lady, Peng Liyuan (Prof.), has sent medical donations to Ethiopia that would help the country’s effort to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chinese Ambassador to Ethiopia, Tan Jian, on behalf of Prof. Peng Liyuan, wife of the Chinese President Xi Jinping, handed over the COVID-19 prevention items including facial masks and infrared thermometers to the office of the First Lady of Ethiopia in a bid to help the country’s effort to combat the pandemic.
During the occasion Ambassador Jian expressed appreciation of the solidarity and support to the Chinese people given by many African countries, particularly Ethiopia, at the most difficult time when China was hard hit by the COVID-19. Jian cited Ethiopian Airlines commitment in continuing flying to China when it was hard hit by the pandemic and many other airlines decided to suspend operating to China. The ambassador noted that as a token of friendship between the Chinese people and their African brothers and sisters, the Chinese government has decided to donate medical supplies to help mothers, children and young people through the Office of the First Lady.
Muluken Fenta, Director of Ethiopia’s First Lady Office, expressed gratitude for the generous donation by the Chinese government. “As the first country to successfully control the spread of the pandemic, China sets an exemplary role of standing together with Africa to combat the COVID-19 virus and has made great contribution to the prevention and control of the pandemic in Ethiopia,” he said during the ceremony.
It is learnt that earlier this year, Madame Antoinette Sassou, the First Lady of the Republic of Congo, President of the Organization of African First Ladies for Development(OAFLAD), wrote a letter to Prof. Peng Liyuan on behalf of the OAFLAD and asked for China’s attention to mothers and children and young people in Africa.
Prof. Peng, accompanied President Xi on his first visit to Africa as Chinese President in March 2013, has carried out a number of cooperation programs with OAFLAD since then under the framework of FOCAC.
OAFLAD is an organization where First Ladies of Africa seek to leverage their unique position to promote African women and youth empowerment. The secretariat of OAFLAD is located in Addis Ababa.
Since the COVID-19 outbreak hits Ethiopia the Chinese government, Alibaba and Jack Ma Foundation, and Tensest Foundation made several medical donations to Ethiopia.