The Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation will increase their philanthropy efforts during the global coronavirus crisis by donating medical supplies to 10 more countries in Asia, according to a statement by the two on Saturday, The Edge Market and Alizila reported.
According to a statement, the foundations have been able to reach out to the governments of those four Southeast Asian countries and propose the donation of medical supplies.
“We and Alibaba Foundation will send two million masks, 150,000 test kits, 20,000 protective suits and 20,000 face shields to Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand. More help to other Asian nations is on the way! Go Asia!,” said the Jack Ma Foundation.
Recently, it is reported by Forbes that the governments of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will receive 1.8 million masks, 210,000 COVID-19 test kits and 36,000 pieces of protective clothing, as well as ventilators and forehead thermometers.
Part of the donated supplies will be routed through the Electronic World Trade Platform’s hub in Malaysia. As the first overseas base for the eWTP – an Alibaba-led initiative that aims to make global trade more inclusive – the Malaysia hub will facilitate cross-border logistics to ensure delivery of medical supplies to countries in need.
The foundations’ goal is to aid the fight against the Covid-19 virus in these nations, with more support for other neighbouring countries to follow.
According to Forbes, Ma, worth $38.9 billion on the Forbes Real-Time Billionaires List, stepped down as chairman of China’s e-commerce giant in September to focus on philanthropy.