Safaricom Foundation has handed over personal protective equipment (PPEs) worth KES 3 million to health workers in Mombasa County to boost the fight against the coronavirus disease.
The PPEs which include N95 masks, disposable aprons and gloves, non-contact thermometers, and shoe covers will be distributed to over 500 health workers in 7 hospitals.
“We empathize with Mombasa County as one of the most affected by a coronavirus. With the critical role that health care workers are playing in the fight against this pandemic, it is only right that we all come together to ensure that they are adequately protected.
We are happy to be supplementing the county government efforts with the provision of these PPE’s which will also benefit community health workers who fill an important gap in the communities,” said Joseph Ogutu, Chairman, Safaricom Foundation.
Safaricom has already donated KES200 Million through the Safaricom and M-PESA Foundations towards providing Cash transfers for food to support vulnerable communities as well as thermal cameras worth KES 10 million to the Ministry of Health installed in various border entry points.
The Foundation has also partnered with Scope International to set up sanitation booths in 6 Counties in Nyanza and Western as well as provided water to residents of Kibera, Mathare, and Korogocho. Last week the Foundation also donated PPEs to health workers Uasin Gishu County.
About Safaricom Foundation
We are one of the largest corporate Foundations in Kenya with a focus on Building Communities and Transforming Lives.
With a footprint in all of Kenya’s 47 counties, we continue to partner with Kenyan communities, organisations and institutions to improve and transform lives. We have a strong history of partnerships dating back to our inception in 2003, working with Speed, Simplicity and Trust to implement over 1,400 community projects. Over the years, we have invested heavily in Education, Health, Economic Empowerment, Environmental Conversation, Water, and Disaster Response interventions.
Our current strategy focuses on Health, Education and Economic Empowerment. We identified these focus areas as those that require great intervention to ensure improved quality of life for communities across the country. Our interventions in these areas will also contribute immensely towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, which we have incorporated in our day-to-day operations at Safaricom.