DLA provides medical equipment to support coronavirus relief in Italy

By Jake Joy DLA Disposition Services Public Affairs

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Defense Logistics Agency employees in Europe and Africa assisted the U.S. Consulate General in Naples, Italy, with the donation of about $336,000 in medical equipment for hospitals in the southern region of Campania in late June.

The donation was one of three supply shipments sent to Italy as part of a larger U.S. assistance package announced at the end of March, according to a statement by Consul General Mary Avery.

“The United States stands by our friends and allies, especially when a joint effort is needed in the face of global challenges,” Avery said.

Nick Bristow, DLA Disposition Services operations chief for the region, said some of the donated equipment came from the agency’s property disposal site in Kaiserslautern, Germany. The supplies included about 80 line items such as vitals monitors, infusion pumps, ultrasound machines, a phototherapy unit, aspirators and scopes.

U.S. European Command officials began inquiring in early April about DLA’s surplus medical equipment in the region, eventually sending a biomedical team to Kaiserslautern to evaluate the items’ condition. After an order was placed, DLA Disposition Services’ Reuse, Transfer and Donation Office in Battle Creek, Michigan, completed the requisition and routed the property to the Defense Department’s Humanitarian Assistance Program office in Livorno, Italy.

HAP operates under the authority of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency and helps the U.S. State Department foster international partnerships. DLA Disposition Services regularly provides excess property to HAP from its worldwide sites. The items are eventually used in places like Latvia, Monrovia, Albania and Italy.