Nestlé Ghana Ltd provided a GHS2.4 million relief package to selected institutions and communities in Ghana as the company’s contribution to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in Ghana. The package included:
- The distribution of Nestlé branded food and beverage packages to some 50,000 families in Accra and Kumasi
- Providing public health information about COVID-19, precautionary measures, healthy-eating tips, and public messaging on the prevention of iron deficiency.
- Funding for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) intervention in selected underserved communities impacted by COVID-19
- Purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health workers and
- Purchase of hospital equipment for health facilities
Ms. Philomena Tan, Managing Director of Nestlé Ghana, commended frontline workers, including healthcare professionals across Ghana for risking it to keep us all safe. Ms. Tan said Nestlé was part of the Ghana’s social fabric, having operated in Ghana for more than 62 years, a tough period during which Nestlé’s workforce and factory distribution network ensured continuous access to affordable nutritious food and beverages.
Nestlé Ghana believes there is no business without society and that the health and well-being of people is a key priority of any responsible business. Therefore, Nestlé considers it apt the opportunity reach out to the socially vulnerable and support government’s effort to mitigate the challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nestlé’s intervention was implemented through its global partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) that distributes the relief items in Ghana. Nestlé Ghana also contributed to a collective donation by the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) to the National COVID-19 Relief fund. In addition, Nestlé donated beverages for distribution to the socially vulnerable through the ‘Relief Boxes Program’ of the Rebecca Foundation.