“We are in this together” fight against Covid-19 in Vietnam

Chung sức hành động vì cộng đồng

kiểm soát sự lây lan của dịch COVID-19

cùng Việt Nam vượt qua Covid-19

Chung sức hành động vì cộng đồng
kiểm soát sự lây lan của dịch COVID-19
cùng Việt Nam vượt qua Covid-19

Ho Chi Minh City, 26 August 2020 – Prudential Vietnam Assurance Private Ltd. (Prudential Vietnam) and Eastspring Investments Fund Management Limited Liability Company (Eastspring Vietnam) have joined forces with Save the Children to roll out the “We are in this together” COVID-19 relief programme to provide emergency support to frontline hospitals and vulnerable children affected by the pandemic in Vietnam.

The first phase of the programme will focus on emergency response activities to support communities most in need amid the ongoing outbreak in Da Nang. 1,300 packages of medical supplies, including 3M N95 face masks, hand sanitizers and personal protective equipment, will be provided to patients and medical professionals at frontline hospitals to minimize the community transmission of the disease. The programme will also reach out to children from poor or migrant households and children with disabilities, many of whom have been significantly affected by current outbreak in the Hoa Vang district, a mountainous area with the largest number of vulnerable families in Vietnam. The programme aims to provide these children with essential relief packages, including food and personal hygiene products.

The next phase of the program will focus on the longer-term objectives of building community resilience in response to the pandemic. The main beneficiaries will be vulnerable children, including those from poor or migrant families and those with disabilities. Social distancing measures for controlling the COVID-19 outbreak has led to economic instability, resulting in a reduction or even the loss of income for many households. Children from these households are the most vulnerable as such disturbances have negatively affected their well-being, including malnutrition, school drop-outs, and child labor.

Given the situation, a series of activities will be carried out to increase school hygiene and nutrition in six schools in Da Nang City, benefiting 7,000 children. Specifically, children in unfortunate circumstances will be provided with soap, hand sanitizers, face masks, nutritional snacks and school supplies. For children with disabilities, the program will seek ways to ensure access to hygiene facilities and provide learning aids to help them study more effectively. Furthermore, to raise awareness among families about COVID-19 prevention, the program will distribute educational materials to schools and parents.

“While our country is fighting against the pandemic, Prudential, as a role model in the life insurance industry, is joining forces with Eastspring Vietnam and Save the Children to make sure that everyone is taken care of and nobody is left behind.” says Mr. Phuong Tien Minh, Chief Executive Officer of Prudential Vietnam. “We have taken actions to help Vietnamese people minimize the risks in life as we remain committed to be the life-time companion of our communities and customers in Vietnam. Together we will overcome challenges confidently and step firmly towards a post-COVID future.”  

Ms. Dragana Strinic, Country Director of Save the Children also shares: “The impact COVID-19 has had on children goes well beyond the health risks associated with the pandemic. Many families have lost their livelihoods, which puts children at risk of food insecurity that can lead to malnutrition and affect their overall development, especially children from poor and migrant families and children with disabilities. This programme is very important and timely because it is both providing support to the Department of Health as they manage the current outbreak in Da Nang, as well as providing much needed support for poor and migrant children and children with disabilities affected by COVID-19. Building community resilience to support these vulnerable children to also reduce school drop-out rate and child labor during this pandemic will have a life-long impact on the children and their families”.

With a total funding of VND 3 billion, the “We are in this together” programme is part of Prudential’s COVID-19 relief fund which provides financial support for its communities and the volunteering efforts of its people in Asia, the US, and Africa.

Prior to the current outbreak in April, in response to the call from the President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee, Prudential Vietnam presented 152,000 masks and 10,000 hand sanitizers to doctors, patients and volunteer militias at 10 frontline hospitals in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

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