KENYA – Dubai-based conglomerate Majid Al Futtaim (MAF) and the regional franchise holder of Carrefour, has launched an initiative to support healthcare workers in Kenya on the frontline of the fight against the Covid-19.

Carrefour has donated essential resources to Kenya’s largest public hospital, Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) and its affiliates, offering them much needed support during the pandemic.

Donations raised by Carrefour’s latest initiative included household appliances, such as microwaves, refrigerators and water dispensers; as well as food items, reports the Star.

All donated goods will be for the healthcare staff employed across KNH’s Infectious Disease Units.

“We are pleased to be supporting Kenyatta National Hospital’s healthcare staff, donating what we can to aid their efforts on the frontline of the fight against the coronavirus,” said Franck Moreau, Country Manager of Carrefour Kenya at Majid Al Futtaim Retail.

Speaking during the handover ceremony, KNH CEO Dr. Evanson Kamuri said, “This is indeed a great gesture. Two things thrill me about this donation. One is Carrefour’s generosity, and the other is the continued faith in our mandate.”

The initiative underlines Carrefour Kenya’s commitment to the health and wellbeing of the people and communities it serves, management said.

The campaign follows a charitable initiative that Carrefour launched earlier this year to generate donations of more than 65 tonnes of staple food items, worth over Sh5 million (US$46,200), in support of underprivileged families across Nairobi affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

These hampers comprised of essential items such as maize meal, rice, ndengu, and baking flour.

As a catalyst for change in the community, Carrefour encouraged its customers to also support vulnerable families affected by the coronavirus by donating food hampers when shopping at any of its stores with the brand supplementing the contributions donated by customers.

The initiative was further supported by the Kenya COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, which took the lead on distributing the donated food packages to families.

Majid Al Futtaim operates over 300 Carrefour stores, serving more than 750,000 customers daily and employing over 37,000 people.

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