The Orange Foundation provides financial assistance to fight COVID-19 in Africa – SABC News
The Orange Foundation is providing additional financial assistance of 1.3 million euros to 17 countries in Africa and the Middle East to help fight the COVID-19 epidemic.
The funds will be used to support national efforts to immunize as many people as possible and to combat the health crisis and its effects.
The African Union disease control body and the World Health Organization last week urged African countries not to waste COVID-19 vaccines given to them, after confusion in Malawi and South Sudan as to whether the doses they had received had expired.
Many African countries, already facing a shortage of affordable vaccines, are stunned by the unprecedented scale of the challenge of distribution when doses arrive.
Orange Middle East and Africa, CEO Alioune Ndiaye declares: “To face the health crisis in Africa and the Middle East, each of our 17 countries will use this aid to complement projects already launched locally in collaboration with national health authorities. . “
“In addition to providing protection kits (masks, disinfectant, gloves, glasses, coveralls, etc.) and medical equipment and taking urgent measures alongside NGOs, we are proud to facilitate access to the COVID- vaccine. 19 which is a huge challenge for Africans. countries.”
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Meanwhile, Ghana’s national plan has shown how even relatively prosperous African countries lack essential amenities.
Money is needed across the board, including $ 1.5 million for 11 walk-in cold rooms and more than 650 refrigerators to keep vaccines between 2 and 8 degrees Celsius.
About $ 25 million is needed for supplies and waste management, including 33,600 boxes of face masks, 240,000 bottles of hand sanitizer and nearly 55,000 cotton rolls, the plan says. About $ 21 million is needed to train more than 171,000 health workers and volunteers.
To add to Ghana’s challenge, its next COVAX shipments, expected in April and May, have been delayed until June as India has suspended major exports of vaccines made in that country.
In its 2021 budget, presented in mid-March, the Ghanaian government allocated 929,296,610 cedis ($ 160 million) for the acquisition and deployment of vaccines.
Amponsa-Achiano said, however, that it was not clear how much would go to distribution, or when funds would materialize.-Additional report by Reuters