Majid Al Futtaim, a leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia has launched an initiative to support healthcare workers in Nairobi on the frontline of the fight against the coronavirus. Carrefour — which is operated by Majid Al Futtaim in Kenya — donated essential resources to the heroic healthcare workers of Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) — Kenya’s largest public hospital — and its affiliates, offering them much needed support during the pandemic. KNH is the premier health institution in Kenya. It has been spearheading efforts to combat the spread of Covid-19 by setting up isolation units and building the capacity of healthcare workers in the counties.
Donations raised by Carrefour’s latest initiative included household appliances, such as microwaves, refrigerators and water dispensers as well as food items. All donated goods will be for the healthcare staff employed across KNH’s infectious disease units. Franck Moreau, the country manager of Carrefour Kenya at Majid Al Futtaim Retail, said: “Carrefour is committed to contributing to the lives of the people who have come to rely on us as a pillar of their communities. As such, we are pleased to be supporting Kenyatta National Hospital’s healthcare staff, donating what we can to aid their efforts on the frontline of the fight against the coronavirus.”
Speaking during the handover ceremony, Dr. Evanson Kamuri, Kenyatta National Hospital chief executive, said: “This is indeed a great gesture. Two things thrill me about this donation to Kenyatta National Hospital: one is Carrefour’s generosity and the other is the continued faith in our mandate. Being grateful and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”
The initiative underlines Carrefour Kenya’s commitment to the health and wellbeing of the people and communities it serves. The campaign follows a charitable initiative that Carrefour launched earlier this year to generate donations of more than sixty five tonnes of staple food items, worth over Kshs. 5 million, in support of underprivileged families across Nairobi affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.