Tuesday, March 23, 2020 / 11:12 AM /
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The COVID 19 pandemic has brought immense pressure on the economies of over 180 countries, from the developed markets like United States to low-income countries like Nicaragua.
A major concern is with over 40,000 cases and 15,000 deaths and the need for more economic relief, humanitarian support and increased detection and screening measures.
The pressure on Governments involve improving surveillance, increasing emergency operation centers, making provision for facilities and equipment like test kits, protective suits, ventilators, etc.
Analysts have noted that considering the overwhelming cost of managing the situation globally, wealthy individuals and celebrities are making efforts to support public sector efforts by donating to the cause of containing the pandemic.
Jack Ma the Chinese billionaire and Founder of global E-Commerce Giant 'Alibaba' has made donation of medical supplies to countries such as Japan, South Korea, U.S., Italy, Spain and Belgium, since the beginning of the outbreak.
Through the Jack Ma Foundation and the Alibaba Group Africa is receiving 1.1million COVID-19 test kits, 6 million masks and 60,000 protective suits to be distributed across the 54 countries of the continent.
The Chinese tech entrepreneur is also donating emergency supplies to 24 Latin America countries including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, Dominican Republic and Peru which include 2m face masks, 400,000 test kits and 104 ventilators.
For Asia, the Jack Ma Foundation is providing 1.8million masks, 210,000 test kits, 36,000 protective suits, ventilators and thermometers to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan & Sri Lanka.
Ma has also, through the foundation, helped with the distribution of handbooks detailing key learnings and best practices for treating COVID- 19 by frontline medical staff from First Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine Hangzhou.
BILL AND MELINDA GATES Foundation
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in conjunction with Mastercard and Wellcome came together to collaborate in developing drugs to combat the COVID 19.
The trio organizations will under the collaboration create a COVID-19 Therapeutic Accelerator and commit up to $125 million in seed funding for the entity.
Bill Gates, the Founder of Microsoft Company, through his foundation is providing $100m out of the $125m to support the discovery of the vaccines that can address the pandemic.
African Industrialist and Billionaire Alhaji Aliko Dangote has supported his country, Nigeria, the largest economy in Africa, in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic.
Through the Aliko Dangote Foundation he has donated N200m to strengthen detection, screening and surveillance across the country . The funds have been deployed to upscale screening efforts at the Airports and other critical assets and facilities in the country.
Alhaji Dangote is not new to making donations in times of crisis as he did same during the Ebola epidemic.
ROBYN RIHANNA FENTY
Grammy Award winner and global Beauty Industry entrepreneur, Robyn Rihanna Fenty, has joined the list of billionaires and philanthropists that are donating to support the containment of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Through her Clara Lionel Foundation a non-profit organization $5m has been donated to step up the fight against the deadly virus.
The donation will help prepare communities with the critical protective gears, medical supplies, equipment and access to food across different regions.
Rihanna has also donated $700,000 worth of ventilators to her country Barbados Republic, to boost the capacity of the nation to contain the disease.