An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Home : Media : News : News Article View
NEWS | Oct. 1, 2020

U.S.-Donated Ventilators to Boost Kiribati’s Fight Against COVID-19

U.S. Embassy in Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu

SUVA, Fiji -- U.S. Ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu Joseph Cella and Kiribati Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr. Tinte Itinteang formally launched a training program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by the Pacific Community (SPC) and Zoll Medical to help Kiribati medical technicians and doctors operate the 10 ventilators donated by the U.S. government.
“These ventilators, along with the other U.S. government development assistance in the region, represent our strong commitment as Pacific neighbors, allies, and partners to overcome COVID-19. I am delighted that we are providing training along with the donated ventilators. We look forward to a more prosperous and healthy future for all,” Ambassador Cella said. “Our engagement represents our historic ties and common principles with Kiribati, the timeless truths in our respective founding documents, and speaks directly to where we have been with Kiribati and all i-Kiribati, where we are, and where we are going.”

On August 19, Ambassador Cella formally handed over a total of 50 brand-new, state-of-the-art ventilators to Fiji, Kiribati, and Nauru in response to President Trump’s promise to assist partners and allies in the Pacific Islands, Asia, and around the world to fight COVID-19. Ten of these ventilators were provided to Kiribati to boost the country’s efforts to respond to the threat of the disease in communities.

The virtual training was facilitated by the American manufacturer Zoll Medical in cooperation with the Pacific Community. The ventilators, manufactured in the United States, employ life-saving, state-of-the-art, in-demand technology. Ventilators are used to support patients who need assistance to breathe. In addition to the ventilators, USAID is funding a tailored package of support that includes clinical training for the frontline health workers to safely use and maintain the ventilators.

Kiribati remains among the countries in the region without a confirmed COVID-19 case. Ambassador Cella noted the importance of rapidly scaling up preparedness and response efforts to prepare for the pandemic, commending the Government of Kiribati and SPC for its work to ensure communities are well-protected from the pandemic.

The ventilators build on the U.S. government’s $27.7 million investment to help Pacific Islands countries, to support risk communications, the prevention and control of infectious diseases in health facilities, logistics, coordination efforts, and other activities to address this unprecedented global health crisis.

Ambassador Cella stated “we are now blessed to have Dr. Alexandria Huerta, our Senior Development Advisor for USAID, join us. Dr. Huerta is a force and a highly seasoned expert in the development world, having managed large portfolios for USAID. This further represents our past, present and future with Kiribati as well as our other Pacific Island partners.”

For decades, the United States has been the world’s largest provider of bilateral assistance in health. Over the past 20 years, the United States has invested over $5.21 billion in assistance to the Pacific Islands.




US and Philippine Army Soldiers Establish a Joint Operations Center for the First Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Center-Exportable in the Philippines
U.S. and Philippines Army soldiers monitor personnel actions in the Joint Operations Center during the Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Center-Exportable (JPMRC-X) exercise on Fort Magsaysay, Philippines, 31 May 2024. This iteration of JPMRC-X marks the first deployment to the Philippines, which will enable and assist the Philippines Army and the Armed Forces of the Philippines in building combat training center locations within the Philippines.
The JPMRC-X is a Department of the Army initiative consisting of a deployable package of personnel and equipment designed to support training exercises across the Pacific. 
(U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Tommie Berry)
June 7, 2024 - U.S. and Philippine Army Soldiers establish a Joint Operations Center (JOC) as part of Exercise Salaknib 2024. The establishment of a JOC marks a pivotal moment in fostering collaboration among multinationals during the Joint...

317 AW 'Explodes into Theater' with maximum endurance operation for Valiant Shield 24
A C-130J Super Hercules assigned to Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, gets refueled at Travis Air Force Base, California, during an extended Maximum Endurance Operation, June 4, 2024. Two aircraft equipped with external fuel tanks completed the MEO to Guam in support of Valiant Shield 2024. Exercises such as Valiant Shield allow the Indo-Pacific Command Joint Forces the opportunity to integrate forces from all branches of service and with our allies to conduct precise, lethal, and overwhelming multi-axis, multi-domain effects that demonstrate the strength and versatility of the Joint Force and our commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific.. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Emma Anderson)
June 7, 2024 - The 317th Airlift Wing successfully completed an expanded Maximum Endurance Operation to Guam with two C-130J Super Hercules aircraft equipped with external fuel tanks, June 4, 2024...

Allies Come Together in the Indo-Pacific: Valiant Shield 24
June 5, 2024 - U.S. Indo-Pacific Command joint forces, along with allied and partner forces, are scheduled to participate in exercise Valiant Shield (VS) 2024, June 7-18, on Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Palau,...

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III Concludes Tenth Visit to the Indo-Pacific
June 5, 2024 - Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III concluded his tenth official visit to the Indo-Pacific region today...

Malaysia, U.S. Continue to Strengthen Ties at Bersama Warrior 2024 Exercise
Washington National Guard and Malaysian Armed Forces members participate in the Bersama Warrior 2024 opening ceremonies June 1, 2024, at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Washington Guard and Malaysia have been partners under the State Partnership Program since 2017.
June 5, 2024 - The 10th annual Bersama Warrior exercise began June 1 with an opening ceremony led by Malaysian Armed Forces leaders and U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Kenneth Borchers, director of the Joint Staff for the Washington National...