NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 10 – Over 3,000 healthcare workers will receive personal protective equipment courtesy of the M-PESA Foundation.
In a statement, the Foundation says it will work with local manufacturers to procure the PPEs, with Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) tasked with distributing them at an estimated cost of Sh20 million.
John Ohaga, a trustee an the MPesa Foundation says healthcare workers in 7 Counties will receive the PPEs which include surgical masks, N95 masks, hand sanitisers, gowns, hazmat suits and face shields.
“Never has there been a more appropriate time to focus on health workers. Rarely have they faced such danger on such a massive scale. We have an obligation to keep frontline health workers safe, including making sure they have the personal protective equipment they need, and we are doing our part as M-PESA Foundation to support them,” said Ohaga.
The 7 counties that will receive the PPEs include Kwale, Machakos, Nairobi, Kilifi, Migori, Kiambu and Busia.
In the last two months, Safaricom’s other philanthropy arm SafaricomFoundation, has donated PPEs to healthcare workers in Meru, Kajiado, Baringo, Uasin Gishu and Mombasa counties.
In addition, residents of Kibera, Mathare, Kawangware and Korogocho have also benefited from Safaricom Foundation water funded projects while several Counties have also received handwashing soap.