By Bennie Mundando
STANDARD Chartered Bank has reiterated its continued support in the fight against COVID-19 in Zambia with a US$50, 000 donation to scale-up Covid-19 testing.
The bank says it has partnered with the Centre for Infectious Disease and Research Zambia (CIDRZ) to donate US$50,000 to scale-up Covid-19 testing in communities and health facilities.
In a statement, Standard Chartered Bank Head of Corporate Affairs, Brand and Marketing, Christine Matambo, says the bank attaches great importance towards the fight against the pandemic and that this is the reason it partnered with CIDRZ Zambia to donate towards this cause.
“Standard Chartered Bank is committed to support national efforts to fight the Covid-19 pandemic in Zambia. That is why we have partnered with CIDRZ Zambia by donating US$50,000 worth of Covid-19 testing kits for use in our communities and health facilities.
“This is one of the many ways that Standard Chartered Bank continues to join the national fight against Covid-19. As you know, testing is a vital element in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic and we commend the Ministry of Health for their relentless efforts in managing one of the greatest challenges faced by humanity in the last 50 years,” Ms. Matambo said.
She says as the first bank in the country, Standard Chartered remains firmly committed to Zambia and to supporting the communities in which it operates.
She says the bank believes in forging strategic partnerships to ensure effective, and collaborative response to national challenges such as Covid-19 pandemic adding that StanChart’s donation of US$50,000 will help to scale-up the country’s Covid-19 testing capacity.