Kathmandu, Nepal, March 29, 2020 – The first batch of essential medical supplies donated by the Jack Ma Foundation and the Alibaba Foundation for Nepal arrived in Kathmandu at the Tribhuvan International Airport today. The Ministry of Health and Population of Nepal took receipt of the supplies and will distribute them throughout the country.
This delivery is part of the donation of essential medical supplies by the two Foundations to 23 Asian countries totaling 7.4 million masks; 485,000 test kits; 100,000 sets of protective clothing along with other medical equipment.
Mr. Lino Ahlering, Managing Director for Daraz in Nepal acting on behalf of the two Foundations took part in a ceremony today during which the donation was presented to the Ministry of Health and Population. Also present to witness the presentation in support of this private philanthropic initiative were Her Excellency Ms. Hou Yanqi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China in the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal and Hon’ble Mr. Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal, Minister for Health and Population.
“We hope this donation will help Nepal contain the spread of Covid-19. We are making our best effort to support the global community. It is not easy to source and transport medical supplies to where it is needed the most, but we are working hard to get it done.”Jack Ma Foundation.
These donations are among a number of aid initiatives from the Alibaba Foundation and the Jack Ma Foundation to support the areas of the world affected by the Covid-19 crisis, sourcing and delivering various types of medical supplies to countries across Asia, North America, Latin America, Europe and Africa.
More initiatives and donations may be announced in the coming days and weeks.
The Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation also supported the publication of a 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 on the frontline of Covid-19 treatment in China and crucial to slowing its spread. The handbook is available for global medical health professionals at https://covid-19.alibabacloud.com/.
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About Jack Ma Foundation
Established by Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba Group, the Jack Ma Foundation was founded on 15 December 2014 and has been focusing on education, entrepreneurship, women’s leadership, and the environment. The Foundation aspires to be a reliable, participative, and sustainable philanthropic organisation. The Jack Ma Foundation has so far supported projects worldwide including the Jack Ma Rural Education Program, the Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative, the Ma & Morley Scholarship Program, and Jordan’s Queen Rania Foundation. Additionally, the Foundation has also funded a number of projects in its priority areas. The Jack Ma Foundation is committed to empowering rural educators, entrepreneurs, rural children, young start-ups, and women to equip them for the future and to help build a happier, healthier, more sustainable and more inclusive society.
About Alibaba Foundation
The Alibaba Foundation, established in December 2011, aims to create a culture that encourages people to get involved in philanthropy, make it sustainable and genuinely contribute to civil society and nature. Its key funding aspects include water protection, environmental awareness promotion and development of green organizations. Alibaba Group is committed to devoting a percentage of its annual income to the Alibaba Foundation to ensure stable long-term funding that will allow for timely response in the event of natural disasters or expansion of philanthropic projects.