COVID-19: Donation of face masks and four other things Jumia plans to do for Nigeria, Kenya and other African countries

As the world is joining hands together to fight COVID-19, pan-African e-commerce company Jumia has also followed the step of the founder of Chinese e-commerce company Jack Ma by announcing how it plans to help African countries in these challenging times.

Jack Ma announced on Monday March 16 that he will be donating millions of medical and safety materials to Africa and other continents as they battle to contain the spread of the virus. Jumia has also said it will donate certified face masks to health ministries in Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Ivory Coast, and Morocco and also offered to coordinate the distribution across healthcare facilities and workers, leveraging on its last mile distribution channel.

"We are proud to partner with relevant authorities to help fight against COVID-19 and support our communities which continue to support us. E-commerce platforms like ours, with e-payment and last mile delivery capabilities, are uniquely positioned to be part of Africa's response strategy to this pandemic and we are swiftly taking actions," Jumia's Group Head of Institutional Affairs, Juliet Anammah said in a statement.

Anammah also announced other measures Jumia is taking to support governments' fight against COVID-19:

1. Jumia is offering its delivery networks for the distribution of health pamphlets and key products to where they are needed.

2. Reduction of fees on its JumiaPay finance product to encourage digital payments over cash.

3. Maintain fair price and providing access to affordable basic foods and sanitary essentials on the marketplace platform.

4. Collaborating with the Ministries of Health in Nigeria, Egypt, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Uganda and South Africa by using its online platform, which attracts millions of customer visits, to enhance visibility of key health instructions.

Africa had no confirmed case of the deadly virus until February when the first case was confirmed in Egypt while the first in sub-Saharan Africa was confirmed in Nigeria on February 28. As of Thursday March 26, the continent has over 3,000 confirmed cases in 46 of the 54 African countries.

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