Equity Group CEO James Mwangi donates Ksh300 million to help curb coronavirus
By Daisy Okanga | Equity Group, Chief Executive Dr. James Mwangi donated Ksh300 million to aid in the country’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic,.
The contribution makes made it the largest philanthropic personal gift by a Kenyan to be made public.
“My attention was drawn to a group of students and doctors who were raising funds for PPEs for young post graduate students especially at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH),” said Mr Mwangi,
Dr. Mwangi is also a member of Government’s private sector-led Covid-19 Emergency Fund Committee.
His millions were part of Ksh1.1 billion shot in the arm from Equity Group Foundation, with support from Equity Bank and Mastercard Foundation, which gave Sh300 million and Sh500 million, respectively.
“When I shared the need with my family, a robust discussion revealed the urgency to holistically address the issue as it was not prudent to provide the PPEs to students without also focusing on the plight of the doctors, nurses, clinical officers, and medical staff.”
Mwangi said he then invited the CEO of the Kenya Medical Association and a group of doctors from KNH and University of Nairobi where they established the need for Personal Protective Equipments (PPEs) for medical staff handling COVID-19 patients in the country.
The contribution comes amid calls by doctors and nurses to the government to provide them with a welfare package and protective gear as they fight the virus.
“We recognize that none of us can be safe as long as one of us is unsafe. We will endeavor to continue with our engagement and mobilization of our partners to extend our partnership towards procurement of diagnostic kits. We believe that there is a chance for every Kenyan to get the support they require to overcome the COVID-19 infection,” said Mwangi.