Just yesterday, an India bound flight which was loaded up with medical supplies donated by both the AliBaba Foundation and Jack Ma Foundation left Shanghai, China.
The flight arrived at the New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport later in the night where the Indian Red Cross Society were already awaiting to help distribute the supplies across the country.
These supplies are parts of the donation pledged to seven more countries by the two aforementioned foundations which includes Azerbaijan, Bhutan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.
Together, all of the countries to receive these supplies will get a total of 1.7 million face masks, 165,000 test kits and protective clothing and medical equipment such as ventilators and forehead thermometers.
This isn’t the first time the two foundations will be stretching out it’s helping hands out to the nations that needs it in fight against the Novel Coronavirus, the foundations have also donated essential medical supplies to about 23 Asian countries in total which makes up to the sum of 7.4 million masks; 484 test kits; 100,000 sets of protective clothing along with other medical tools and equipment.
The Indian Red Cross Society received those sent over from Shanghai at India yesterday. The Red Cross is just similar to the Italian Red Cross Society and helps in distributing the medical supplies donated by these two foundations to the places where they are needed the most.
Apart from India, other 6 countries are expected to get their own set of supplies in coming days or weeks. The Deputy Secretary, Indian Red Cross Society, Mr. Neel Kamal Singh, tok receipt of the donations from one Mr. Vivek Sehgal, who is the Manager of AliBaba Cloud India and acting on behalf of the Jack Ma Foundation and the AliBaba Foundation.
Also another Ms. Ma Jia who is Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of China in India was also present to show the embassy’s support towards this humanitarian initiative.
“Government of India has taken extensive steps to manage the COVID-19 situation. To supplement the efforts of government, Indian Red Cross has mobilised first tranche of supplies consisting of facemasks, protective body suits and essential medical equipment. This consignment, which was received yesterday, has been donated by Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation. Indian Red Cross appreciates their magnanimity at this difficult juncture,” said Mr. R.K Jain, IAS (Rtd), Secretary General, Indian Red Cross.
“We are one with the global community in the intense battle to protect all families against Covid-19. We are committed to doing everything we can to make a difference, most importantly by sourcing these supplies and overcoming logistical challenges to get the medical supplies to where they are needed as fast as we can,” said the Jack Ma Foundation.
Aside these, the foundations might also be announcing more initiatives as well as donations in coming days and weeks ahead. Another interesting news is the support of Handbook with key lessons and experience from Doctors, Healthcare workers and Hospital administrators at the First Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine, (FAHZU) who were the main fronliners during the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak in China.