GABORONE, Botswana, May 2020/ — Standard Chartered Botswana has contributed USD300,000 to Red Cross programmes for communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These donations are part of Standard Chartered PLC’s USD 5 million pledge to support emergency relief activities by the Red Cross that provide urgent medical support across markets in Asia and Africa, including Botswana.
Funding across these countries will support activities such as the provision of primary and secondary health care, communication of protection measures, provision of personal protection equipment (PPE) for staff and volunteers, and the distribution of food and care packages for those impacted by COVID-19.
Mpho Masupe, CEO Standard Chartered Bank Botswana, said: “Standard Chartered Botswana is proud to be able to contribute to Red Cross programmes that reach the most vulnerable people in our communities. By working together, we are able to support the delivery of rapid and effective emergency relief that aims to address some of the key challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Dr Simon Missiri, Regional Director, Africa at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, said: “Thanks to Standard Chartered’s generous donation, Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies can support local communities now facing increasing challenges due to the pandemic. Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers are the front-line responders, and these funds will help address some of the most urgent health and socio-economic impacts faced by the most vulnerable people across our country. Thanks to the vital donation from Standard Chartered we can continue to support more people facing the devasting effects of Coronavirus.”