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A major step forward in healthcare for the people of Bangladesh

In a landmark event at Bangladesh’s National Institute of Diseases of the Chest and Hospital, UNOPS joined partners to inaugurate a new oxygen plant.

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Funded by The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, the UNOPS-managed project aims to strengthen healthcare infrastructure by providing medical-grade oxygen – improving resilience to emergencies.

“The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the critical importance of such an initiative,” said Peter Sands, Executive Director of the Global Fund.

This facility represents the power of partnership and innovation in addressing global health challenges.

Peter Sands - Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

"The PSA plant will not only enhance our treatment capabilities but also serve as a benchmark for future healthcare projects," said Ahmedul Kabir, Director General (In Charge) of the Directorate General of Health Services.

The multi-million dollar project oversaw the installation of 29 similar plants in medical facilities across Bangladesh. UNOPS manages the design and construction of the plants and procurement of supporting infrastructure such as generators, medical gas cylinders, oxygen masks and more. Project activities also include training and capacity building of operations and maintenance staff.

"The strong partnership between UNOPS, the Global Fund, and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is a model for national ownership supported by dedicated and collaborative technical assistance," said Charles Callanan, Director of the UNOPS South Asia Multi-Country Office.

So far, three completed plants have been completed and handed over to local authorities, with the remaining to follow soon.


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