On 6 May 2021, Poland delivered medical equipment and supplies, including face masks and protective clothing, to Bosnia and Herzegovina in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The donation was coordinated by NATO’s Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) and Poland to respond to Bosnia and Herzegovina’s urgent requirement.
This support is part of the overall NATO COVID-19 assistance package Allies have agreed to provide Bosnia and Herzegovina to address the severe effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Other medical equipment will be delivered to Bosnia and Herzegovina in the coming weeks, under NATO’s Pandemic Response Trust Fund. This Trust Fund maintains an established stockpile of medical equipment and supplies to be able to provide immediate relief to Allies or partners in need.
Provision, storage and transportation of the donation was funded by the Polish Armed Forces Operational Command, and the Polish Military Contingent in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The distribution of the protective equipment was supported by the Polish Embassy in Sarajevo, where the supplies were handed over to the Ministry of Security for further distribution. In March 2021, Poland delivered a similar consignment to Bosnia and Herzegovina after having provided, bilateral, in kind assistance to the country, including sanitizing liquid and protective masks, in 2020.