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Strive Masiyiwa Pledges To Support Zimbabwe In Fight Against Coronavirus

As many of you especially entrepreneurs on the African continent know that the founder and executive chairman of telecommunications company Econet Global, Strive Masiyiwa has been at the frontline the past weeks in asking for Debt Relief and Economic Impact Stimulus on behalf of the African continent.

The humanitarian appeals which has lasted for weeks now have been fruitful. At least IMF, World Bank, and G20 meetings have secured debt relief on interest payments valued at more than $22 billion for many African countries.

More than half of this money has already been paid out to countries in Africa.

Three African countries including Sudan, Zimbabwe and Eritrea were very clear in their omission from any form of relief, simply because they have sanctions.

This money was secured purposely to purchase medical equipments, ventilators, personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep health workers safe as well as training and paying nurses and doctors.

The money will also be utilized to buy urgent required medical supplies, hospitals, and rural clinics repairs.

While on his Facebook page, the Zimbabwean billionaire Strive Masiyiwa promised to contribute in a trust and encourage friends and partners to do the same.

This is Strive Masiyiwa’s trust fund plan

The donors, would set up an International Trust for each country, eg. Sudan Covid Emergency Trust:

The trustees would be appointed by the contributors to the Trust Fund.

The trustees will finance any initiative they consider necessary to keep the health services operational. These could include but not limited to the following:

1. Special bonuses for workers at hospitals, including nurses and doctors.
2. Training;
3. Personal Protection equipment;
4. Emergency hospital supplies;
5. Water, sanitation, and electricity;
6. Food for patients and others;
7. Home based care support initiatives.
8. Expanded Testing, and Tracing.

When dealing with hospitals, they would work through Public/Private trusts drawn from the community. Any institution where there is endemic corruption would be left out, until it cleans its act.

Private institutions would be able to apply for grants, under certain conditions.

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