In celebration of Nelson Mandela Day, PinkDrive partnered with PPE supplier Novita Shoes, Vumatel and the Rand Water Foundation to bring critical PPE and care packs to the staff and vaccine recipients at various public health facilities in South Africa.
“It is in your hands to make of our world a better one for all,” said Nelson Mandela. With this vision, PinkDrive appealed to their corporate partners to join them in bringing disposable masks for medical staff, reusable masks for patients and care packs for frontline medical staff to the Chris Hani Baragwaneth Hospital in Soweto. In addition, PinkDrive has provided disposable PPE to the public health facilities in Gauteng and Kwa Zulu Natal and Schools and schools and care facilities in Cape Town.
Facilities included The South African National Zakáh Fund (SANZAF), Haven Old Age Home, Alicedale Primary School and Radio CCFm (Muizenberg) in the Western Cape. In Gauteng facilities such as the Petervale Clinic and Wendywood Clinic in Sandton and Leratong Hospital in Krugersdorp and in Durban support was provided to the Nelson Mandela Community Youth Centre where mass vaccinations through the RK Khan Hospital.
“In these difficult times, we must all support the burdened public health facilities that are fighting the pandemic on all fronts from the provision of health care of those infected by COVID 19 in difficult circumstances to providing mass vaccinations to the population. Providing just the basics such as PPE and care packs to the exhausted frontline staff makes the world of difference and we are grateful to be able to do our part.” Shares Noelene Kotschan, CEO and Founder of PinkDrive NPC.
“Vumatel was greatly encouraged by the work PinkDrive is doing in fight against the COVID 19 pandemic in South Africa. Vumatel is a technology company that believes in creating opportunities for ordinary people to do extraordinary things. With the support of the corporate sector PinkDrive has provided phenomenal support to the National Department of Health to flatten the curve of the pandemic and we are proud to be associated with Noelene and her team.” Explains Lianne Williams, Head of Marketing, Vumatel.
“As the health sector is gripped by the third wave, the distribution of vaccines to sufficient people to reach herd immunity is the single biggest task the National Department of Health (NDoH) has ever faced. PinkDrive has partnered with the corporate sector and civil society on the ground to help. With partnership funding from Vumatel, ABSA Bank, the Rand Water Foundation and Standard Bank we are providing vaccinators to the public sector vaccination sites in Gauteng, Western Cape and KwaZulu Natal to assist with the acceleration of the vaccine to communities with our mobile medical teams using previously ‘unemployed’ nurses and drivers.” Explains Noelene Kotschan.
“PinkDrive continues to meet the evolving needs of the medically uninsured. We are also pioneering the search for smart solutions that expand access to quality healthcare. In doing so, we have formed collaborative relationships with like-minded corporate partners.”
PinkDrive’s unerring mission mirrors that of the NDoH to prolong lives through the prevention of illness, disease, and the promotion of healthy lifestyles, and to consistently improve the health care delivery system by focusing on access, equity, efficiency, quality and sustainability.
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