Safaricom and Samsung Electronics East Africa are committed to continuing to provide communication support to frontline health workers in Kenya.
More than 5,500 frontline health workers will continue to receive monthly communication packages from Safaricom, while Samsung Electronics East Africa has donated 500 Samsung Galaxy A2 Core smartphones.
Safaricom had previously committed to offering communication support in the form of data plans for three months from April 2020. This has now been extended.
The initiative will see the equivalent of 195 terabytes of data, 10 million minutes of voice calls and 33 million text messages allocated to 5,529 frontline health workers identified by the Ministry of Health. Each health worker should continue to receive a monthly plan consisting of 12 GB of data, 600 minutes and 2,000 SMS for three additional months.
“Health workers are our first line of defense, and Safaricom’s continued support is a big boost to our containment efforts. More resources are needed to enable frontline teams to protect the health of Kenyans, and we look forward to continued partnership in the fight against COVID-19, ”said Dr Rashid Abdi Aman, Chief Administrative Secretary of the Ministry of Health.
Since the start of the pandemic, Safaricom has put in place various initiatives to support health workers. Through its philanthropic branches, the M-PESA Foundation and the Safaricom Foundation, Safaricom has invested in Ksh. $ 42 million to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to health workers in 17 counties.
“The nation is behind health workers as they continue to play a critical role in managing the pandemic, and Safaricom is honored to play a role in ensuring their protection. Our goal is to keep the country running and we will continue to work with the government and other partners to support the frontline teams, ”said Joseph Ogutu, Director of Special Projects at Safaricom and Chairman of the Safaricom Foundation.
Samsung Electronics East Africa also donated 500 Samsung Galaxy A2 Core smartphones worth KES 3.8 million to improve communication and to monitor and facilitate the movement of test and care teams.
“Samsung has made a commitment to Kenya and we are fortunate as a company to be able to harness the power of our innovative technology to meet the foundational pillars designed to curb the spread of COVID-19. Our contribution of these smartphones to the Ministry of Health is designed to better equip courageous frontline workers. It is to them that we owe our thanks, ”said Charles Kimari, Director of Mobile, Samsung Electronics East Africa.