MetLife Foundation has announced its latest initiative, partnering with non-profit organisation Spreeha Bangladesh Foundation (SBF) to help healthcare workers tackle Covid-19.
The collaboration will ensure that frontline healthcare professionals and hospitals are equipped with the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as lifesaving ventilators to help treat critically ill patients.
Through a donation of $90,000 from MetLife Foundation, approximately 1,500 frontline healthcare professionals including doctors, nurses and support staff will be benefitted from the protective equipment.
Along with that, around 5,000 patients will receive ventilation support for critical situation from 30 portable ventilators provided at selected hospitals.
SBF will select the Covid-19 treating hospitals based on comprehensive need analysis, taking into consideration a number of important factors.
This will include the number of healthcare service providers, the current status of PPE and other protective equipment, the existing number of ventilators and capacity of treating critical patients.
"We want to stand beside medical professionals who are helping patients return to health. Through the partnership, we will also strengthen the capabilities of select hospitals to treat critically ill patients with ventilator machines which will increase the chance of patient survival," said Syed Hammadul Karim, General Manager of MetLife Bangladesh.
"As more people return to health, they can resume their daily working life and contribute to the overall economic recovery," he added.
"We thank MetLife Foundation for their generous support towards Spreeha's efforts to ensure access to healthcare for all and safety of the front-line health workers during the Covid-19 pandemic," said Tazin Shadid, Founder & CEO, Spreeha Bangladesh Foundation.