At CURE, we are all about partnerships. We know that more can be accomplished by working together than could ever be done alone. That is why we seek to partner with organizations globally and in the countries that we serve to utilize their unique strengths to reach more and help more people in need.
Upon hearing of the increased need, due to COVID-19, for safety and testing equipment at hospitals in Africa, Janus Continental Group (JCG) responded. JCG donated $437,500 to supply medical equipment, personal protective equipment (PPE), and a PCR testing machine through CURE International to Mozambique, Zambia, Kenya, and Uganda.
Specifically, CURE Zambia and the country of Mozambique will receive $200,000. CURE has conducted mobile clinics in Mozambique and is able to facilitate the distribution to its Ministry of Health and government hospital. CURE Kenya will receive $25,000 and CURE Uganda will receive $12,500. The total donation from JCG will help purchase 80,000 pieces of PPE, three ventilators, and a PCR testing machine.
CEO of JCG Rikin Shah said, “In times of crisis, it is often the most marginalized that are forgotten. And it is thanks to organizations like CURE, that those in society who most need a helping hand are not left behind in the coronavirus pandemic, widening pre-existing inequalities. We are honored to partner with an organization that is engaging in such important work.”
During the COVID-19 pandemic, CURE has supported local governments where their hospitals are located to reduce the spread of the virus by distributing PPE and share information on safe hygiene practices and on how to detect someone who needs COVID testing. CURE Zambia made reusable masks for distribution to the local community. CURE Kenya collaborated with the local government to distribute PPE to the community and teach on social distancing and the importance of handwashing. CURE Uganda cared for patients from South Sudan that we’re unable to return home due to closed borders and donated PPE gear to the regional hospital. Read more about how CURE hospitals across the network responded to protect their local communities here.
The donation from JCG is a wonderful start to addressing the need for PPE gear across the CURE hospital network. We also have hospitals in Niger, Malawi, Philippines, and Ethiopia that are in need of PPE gear and testing, and that need is expected to continue for the next 12 months. Our goal is to test all patients and have enough PPE gear for all patients and staff without extending the wait for patients to be admitted. Although the need is still great, we have made good progress with the generosity from JCG.
CURE International Chief of Programs and Services Peter Kyalo said, ‘‘Children living with disabilities are not the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. But, they risk being among the biggest victims. They were already marginalized before this pandemic, and COVID-19 has just made it worse for them. How do we expect a child that cannot walk to social distance? How do we expect a girl that has been crawling since birth to wash her hands and sanitize all the time, when she needs help to even access any hand washing points? I am therefore glad that Janus Continental Group has seen the plight of these children and chosen to act.’’
Thank you Janus Continental Group for partnering with CURE International to heal the sick and proclaim the kingdom of God to the most vulnerable.