June of 2020, American Procurement Services was awarded a contract from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to supply a fiberglass passenger boat to Guinea Bissau. This passenger boat allowed 30 passengers, included two (2) Yamaha 150HP engines, Fiberglass canopy, long with a length of 9.8 meters. This passenger boat would be used to transport vaccination teams to the Bijagós island, which consist of 88 islands off the coast of Guinea-Bissau spanning across 2,00 sq.km.
Up until 2019, Guinea-Bissau was considered to have eradicated Polio from their population. However, nearing 2020 surrounding countries has experiences a rise in cases of Polio. Because of the increased cases, partners including UNICEF, WHO and the Ministry of Public Works focused on a campaign to allow easier access to vaccinations. This included the poliovirus vaccine, Vitamin A in addition to the Mebendazole vaccination.
APSCO, and manufacturing partners, were able to work with UNICEF in order to supply and deliver the boat to Guinea-Bissau. Even with a backorder of materials due to the pandemic, the boats were produced and dispatched April of 2020. The boat was loaded into a 40FT container unassembled from the engine & canopy in order to keep the equipment safe from damage during transit. Upon arrive the canopy was assembled onto the boat and engines attached and ready for use.
With focus on the Bijagós island, the initiative dispatched vaccination teams that were able to have ease of travel between islands to provide vaccination for their population.
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