COVID-19 Update: Coca-Cola partners with IFRC to distribute protective gears in Nigeria

NIGERIA – The Coca-Cola Company through its philanthropic arm, The Coca-Cola Foundation has commenced distribution of Personal Protection Equipment’s (PPEs) and risk communications efforts in Nigeria valued at N228 million (US$590K) to support COVID-19 interventions in the country.

Coca-Cola is undertaking the project in partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) along with the Nigerian Red Cross (NRC).

According to reports by Vanguard, the effort is part of the beverage giant’s US$2.5 million grant to IFRC to support the COVID-19 pandemic fight within the West and Central Africa sub-regions.

“By providing healthcare workers with much-needed PPEs, we are confident that this will go a long way in ensuring their safety as they remain on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19.”

Yebeltal Getachew – Managing Director Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited

Medical supplies being donated comprise N95 respirators, surgical masks, examination gloves, face shields, medical gowns, no-touch thermometers, disposable aprons, heavy-duty rubber gloves, rubber boots, basic masks, disposable gloves, and hand sanitizers.

They will be distributed to impacted communities, healthcare personnel on the frontlines and treatment centres across the country.

Speaking on the donation, Yebeltal Getachew, Managing Director, Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited said, “The Coca-Cola System remains committed to providing support to the communities we serve during these challenging times.

“By providing healthcare workers with much-needed PPEs, we are confident that this will go a long way in ensuring their safety as they remain on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19. Coca-Cola is proud to support the Red Cross as we deliver on our purpose of making a difference across the world.”

Mid this year, Coca-Cola Company together with the Coca-Cola System, comprising of its bottling partners worldwide and the company’s global philanthropic arm, The Coca-Cola Foundation (TCCF) committed US$17m across Africa in response to COVID-19 pandemic.

With the tag line “In this Together,” the beverage company in partnership with NGOs have been deploying a range of resources, including capabilities, funds and products to support governments, communities and local economies in their urgent efforts to contain the spread and impact of the Coronavirus since its outbreak on the continent.

In the US$17m support, the Coca-Cola System is committing US$13million to support the continent through the various phases of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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