LUXEMBOURG - The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) continues to play an important role in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, by assisting NATO Allies and partners with key relief acquisition and transport. Last December, two ambulances were delivered to the Italian Armed Forces , enhancing the country's response to medical emergencies.
Since the outbreak of the pandemic, NSPA has supported Italy through different initiatives and medical equipment. This has included the acquisition of portable medical isolation chambers for use in hospitals, field camps and safe transport; sixteen acquired Intensive Care Units ventilators and protective medical supplies.
NSPA engaged in innovative initiatives to help tackling the shortage of medical equipment in the south of the country. In March, a team located in Taranto (Italy) produced 3-D printed face-shields to help protecting health care workers in the local hospitals. In April, they produced 3-D printed connectors converting snorkelling masks into emergency ventilator masks, those were donated to the Italian Civil Protection Department.
In addition, during 2021, NSPA will deliver six fully equipped hospitals to the Italian Army, increasing the current hospital infrastructure and enabling a stronger response capacity. The first hospital will be delivered at the end of January 2021). The structure is based on interconnected containerized shelters and tents, divided into a triage area, first aid, X ray and ultrasound laboratories, a surgical preparatory room, operation and hospitalisation areas, a pharmacy, and other required medical functions.