Jumia offers 100,000 masks in fight against COVID-19
E-commerce company Jumia has donated 100,000 masks in a deal with the Ministry of Health to community health workers fighting the spread of COVID-19.
The firm also offered its logistics network for the distribution of essential food and personal protective equipment (PPE).
“Front line workers all across the country are protecting us and leading the fight against COVID-19. These heroes deserve our full support – and it is with this aim that we are making a small contribution to the fight,” said Sam Chappatee, Jumia Kenya's chief executive.
The donation was received by AMREF Health Africa and Red Cross on behalf of the National Response Committee and will boost efforts against the spread of the virus in the country.
“The face masks will be distributed to the health workers, who are on the front line responding to suspected and confirmed cases of #COVID19,” said Dr. Githinji Gitahi, the Group CEO of Amref Health Africa.
By enabling consumers to buy online, the platform is enhancing social distancing offering contactless and cashless delivery options, reducing possibilities of person to person infection.
It will also provide access to affordable basic foods and toiletries on their platform by partnering with thousands of vendors.
“E-commerce platforms like Jumia, with cashless payments and contactless delivery capabilities, are uniquely positioned to be part of Kenya’s response strategy to this pandemic. And stand ready to serve,” Sam said.