MTN Zambia has donated 300 bins, 60 vests and K100, 000 worth of assistance that will cover items such as hand sanitizer, towels and soap to the Ministry of Health (MoH) and Lusaka City Council (LCC) to help curb the Cholera outbreak in the capital city.
MTN Zambia has made the donation, worth over half a million Kwacha to supplement Government efforts in the fight against the outbreak that has exceeded over 2, 600 cases since December 2017.
MTN Chief Executive Officer Charles Molapisi said the contribution was in line with the company’s long-term responsibility to communities where MTN operates, through its corporate social responsibility program.
“The decision to support the Zambian government and local authority is in line with MTN’s commitment to look beyond its main operations by reaching out to the communities through its corporate social responsibility. Curbing the spread of Cholera is not the sole responsibility of the government and this is why we are making this donation to help citizens and local authorities mitigate the spread of the disease,” said Molapisi.
Molapisi further added that MTN Zambia believed the community needed support in ensuring sanitation measures that protect wellness and good health through a clean environment that stops the spread of the disease.
“We believe that even after the country manages the outbreak, health and sanitation must remain a priority and this is why we are thinking long term. There is need to ensure that residents have enough bins and awareness regarding waste disposal.”
MTN Zambia’s corporate social responsibility programme includes the 21 Days of Y’ello Care, an initiative that began over ten years ago as a way of MTN Group responding to social needs in the communities in which the company operates.
Under the programme, MTN staff participates in bettering the communities where they are present through a number of activities that include clean ups and waste disposal. Molapisi urged the community to continue applying good hygiene practices as a key preventative measure in the fight against the disease.