News | May 28, 2021

DLA provides critical supplies to USAID for Nepal pandemic response

By Dawn Bonsell, DLA Distribution Public Affairs Officer

Gloves, face masks and other COVID-19 supplies from Defense Logistics Agency Distribution are being flown to Nepal as part of the U.S. government’s effort to support the international pandemic response.

DLA provides critical supplies to USAID for Nepal pandemic response
The first U.S. flight of emergency medical supplies arrives in Nepal May 22, 2021, to help support a COVID-19 surge in South Asia. (Photo provided by U.S. Agency for International Development Nepal)
DLA provides critical supplies to USAID for Nepal pandemic response
DLA provides critical supplies to USAID for Nepal pandemic response
The first U.S. flight of emergency medical supplies arrives in Nepal May 22, 2021, to help support a COVID-19 surge in South Asia. (Photo provided by U.S. Agency for International Development Nepal)
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The first shipment of COVID-19 supplies left DLA Distribution Susquehanna in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, May 18 with 2 million surgical masks, over 950,000 face shields, 37,000-plus sets of medical gloves and over 45,000 other medical items. The supplies arrived in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 22-23 and will protect thousands of health care workers there.

Planning is ongoing for additional flights for another $10 million in personal protective and medical equipment in support of the U.S. Agency for International Development-led effort. DLA Distribution San Joaquin in California also shipped COVID-19 test kits, N95 masks and oxygen concentrators to India April 28-30 on behalf of USAID.

USAID is one of several federal partners DLA has supported since the pandemic began. DLA Distribution has provided over $19 million in supplies to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Department of Health and Human Services, as well as almost $14 million in COVID-19 supply storage and distribution support to the Veterans Health Administration.