The Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation announced donations of medical supplies to four Southeast Asian countries on Thursday.
A policeman holds a notice at a roadblock as they ensure that people abide by the movement control order in Ipoh, Perak state, Malaysia Thursday, March 19, 2020. (Photo: AP)
The foundations reached out to the governments of Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines and donated medical supplies. The foundations' goal is to aid the fight against the novel coronavirus in these nations, with more support for other neighboring countries to follow.
"We join hands with our Asian neighbors to fight COVID-19," said the Jack Ma Foundation when announcing the donation. "We and the Alibaba Foundation will send 2 million masks, 150,000 test kits, 20,000 protective suits and 20,000 face shields to Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand. More help to other Asian nations is on the way! Go Asia!"
The foundation donations follow Wednesday's release of a digital handbook they supported. It shares key lessons and experience from doctors and other medical administrators and staff at a Chinese hospital at the frontline of COVID-19 treatment. The advice is crucial to slowing the spread of the virus.