Pan-African carrier, Ethiopian Airlines transported medical supplies donated by Jack Ma, the founder of China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba, to 39 African Countries within 5 days.
Ethiopian has transported Jack Ma’s support including testing kits, masks and protective suits.
Launched by Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Dr Abiy Ahmed and Jack Ma Foundation, the relief initiative is part of the actions taken towards implementing Africa’s continental strategy for preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Regarding the delivery of medical supplies, Tewolde Gebremariam, Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO said, “We would like to thank our Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed and Jack Ma for giving us the opportunity to serve the people of Africa in this globally challenging time.”
“With both their guidance as well as collaboration of our partners, we are happy to announce that we have delivered the COVID-19 test kits, protective masks and other necessary medical supplies to 41 African countries in the last 5 days,” added Gebremariam.
In most of the African airports, Ethiopian Cargo airplanes are the only ones delivering these lifesaving emergency medical supplies.
Following its historical track record of serving Africa in both good and bad times, Ethiopian has once again demonstrated a great gesture of solidarity to the African people, said the airline in a statement sent to the media.
Ethiopian has served 41 countries, so far
March 27: Mali, Cape Verde
March 26: Seychelles, Madagascar, Mauritius, Comoros, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Angola, Chad, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, eSwatini, Lesotho, Botswana, Namibia
March 25: Gabon, Ghana, Congo, DR Congo
March 24: South Africa, Burundi, Rwanda, Togo, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia, Tanzania
March 23: Eritrea, Djibouti, Egypt, Sudan