The Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation announce plans to donate much-needed medical supplies to 10 more countries in Asia to help the global fight against COVID-19.
The governments of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will receive from the two foundations a donation totalling 1.8 million masks, 210,000 COVID-19 test kits, 36,000 pieces of protective clothing, as well as essential medical equipment and supplies that include ventilators and forehead thermometers.
“Go Asia! We will donate emergency supplies to 10 more countries across Asia,” says Jack Ma, who announced the latest foundation pledges through his Twitter account. “Delivering fast is not easy, but we’ll get it done!”
Delivery of the donations will leverage the robust capabilities of the Electronic World Trade Platform (eWTP) to overcome the significant logistical and transportation challenge presented by the vast number of countries and their geographical remoteness.
“The epidemic outbreak has brought about challenges to global logistics. With the help of eWTP, we’re trying our best to ensure speedy transport and delivery to move the supplies to remote communities where they are most needed,” says Juntao Song, secretary general of eWTP.
Earlier this week, the two foundations announced donations of medical supplies to Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines that also leveraged eWTP’s substantial logistics capability.
The foundations have been able to reach out to the governments of the four Southeast Asian countries and propose the donation of medical supplies. The foundations’ goal is to aid the fight against the COVID-19 virus in these nations, with more support for other neighbouring countries to follow.
“We join hands with our Asian neighbours to fight COVID-19,” says the Jack Ma Foundation in announcing the donations. “We and Alibaba Foundation will send 2 million masks, 150,000 test kits, 20,000 protective suits and 20,000 face shields to Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand. More help to other Asian nations is on the way! Go Asia!”.
The foundation donations follow Wednesday’s release of a digital handbook they supported. It shares key lessons and experience from doctors and other medical administrators and staff at a Chinese hospital at the frontline of COVID-19 treatment and crucial to slowing its spread.