The Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) has launched the Giving Tuesday campaign to support the protection of healthcare workers in Tanzania. The focus of this year’s campaign is the acquisition of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers in Tanzania as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by Covid-19. The campaign invites stakeholders and the public to donate funds or PPE supplies (masks, gloves, goggles, overalls, hand sanitizer, and hand soap) to healthcare workers who are at the frontline of the war against the Covid-19 pandemic.
The campaign dubbed #TujikingeTuwakingeWahudumaWaAfya will runs for two weeks, from 21 April to 5 May 2020. At the peak of the campaign, equipment will be donated to the Medical Association of Tanzania (MAT), an event that will take place on 5th May 2020.
World Health Organisation (WHO) has reported that every month healthcare workers around the world need PPEs which protect them and their patients against the coronavirus and the possibility of making the situation worse. But due to the high global demand for such items, many healthcare workers face shortages in acquiring the equipment. Since they protect the citizenry, community members must come together in solidarity to show gratitude and support towards fighting the virus, in helping those that fight to protect us.
‘’We have observed the power of a community coming together to support those in need. We are proud to say that various stakeholders, CSOs, companies, and individuals have contributed in different ways to various causes over the year. This year the campaign is being conducted earlier, from 21 April to 5 May 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.
“Our call is to the public to donate either fund through M-Pesa Account No. 0762767237 or bringing PPEs for health workers to our FCS premises. The funds will be used to purchase the PPEs. On 5th May, we will hand over the purchased PPEs to MAT. We as a community must resolve to work together so that our frontline health workers who are stepping directly to aid the afflicted and help halt the virus’s spread do not become patients themselves.’’
“As the world goes through this massive crisis, we must not forget to watch over and protect those who protect us and those that watch over us,” Mr. Kiwanga said. He quoted the former President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Hon Benjamin W. Mkapa, who said
“Our world is composed of givers and takers. Takers may eat better, but the givers sleep better.”