The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) has handed over medical equipment and supplies to the Ministry of Health and Welfare of the Republic of Mauritius. The official handover ceremony was held on Monday 24 May in the presence of Mr Kailesh Jagutpal, Minister of Health and Welfare, Mr Vêlayoudom Marimoutou, Secretary General of the IOC, Mr Vincent Degert, Ambassador of the European Union and Mrs Florence Caussé-Tissier, Ambassador of France. This new batch of equipment to strengthen the national response against Covid-19 includes a state-of-the-art equipment for the management of severe cases: an extracorporeal blood circulation machine, known by its acronym ECMO, which significantly improves the chance of survival of severe cases in intensive care. In total, the IOC in partnership with AFD through its “Covid-19 – Health in Common” initiative has committed nearly 750 000 euros, i.e. more than 35 million rupees in equipment to the Republic of Mauritius. This major donation of medical equipment is part of the C.O.I.’s response plan against COVID-19. This IOC response plan benefited from a donation of €4.5 million under the IWR3 project (Epidemiological Surveillance and Investigation Network). This substantial support has enabled the IOC to develop and implement its second response plan covering Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles.