Dangote Group fights coronavirus with US$549,078 donation
The Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF), donates a total of US$549,078 to support the Nigerian government's efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Since Nigeria's first recorded case in Lagos in February, Dangote’s donation is considered the single largest donation by a corporate organisation to help contain the spread of the virus.
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Aliko Dangote Foundation Ms. Zouera Youssoufou highlighted, the donation comes as part of the foundations cardinal objectives to partner with the government at all levels to combat the disease.
Breaking down the contribution, ADF will donate US$340,428 to help provide the facilities to prevent, assess and respond to health events at point of entry to ensure national health security, while US$98,834 will help with surveillance and epidemiology facilities, and US$131,778 will contribute to case management training for health workers.
Speaking at the Donor Coordinating Meeting in Abuja, The Country Director, represented by Operations Manager Ms. Kathleen Whimp identified four key areas that need to be addressed to tackle the spread: regular communication with the public, contact tracing, training of volunteers and international cooperation.
The Director, Health Emergency Preparedness and Response of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Dr. John Oladejo - who also attended the meeting - agreed with the challenges highlighted by Whimp, adding that a lack of enough isolation centres, fake news and panic, also need to be addressed.
ADF was commended by Mr. Noel Chisaka of the Regional Disease Surveillance System Enhancement Project for the contributions the foundation has made, and encourages others to join in the fight against the virus.
Coronavirus in facts and figures:
Confirmed cases: 90,936
Total recovered: 47,995 of 90,936
Death toll: 3,117
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G7 Summit guide: What it is and what leaders hope to achieve
Unless you’ve had your head buried in the sand, you’ll have seen the term ‘G7’ plastered all over the Internet this week. We’re going to give you the skinny on exactly what the G7 is and what its purpose on this planet is ─ and whether it’s a good or a bad collaboration.
Who are the G7?
The Group of Seven, or ‘G7’, may sound like a collective of pirate lords from a certain Disney smash-hit, but in reality, it’s a group of the world’s seven largest “advanced” economies ─ the powerhouses of the world, if you like.
The merry band comprises:
- The United Kingdom
- The United States
Historically, Russia was a member of the then-called ‘G8’ but found itself excluded after their ever-so-slightly illegal takeover of Crimea back in 2014.
Since 1977, the European Union has also been involved in some capacity with the G7 Summit. The Union is not recognised as an official member, but gradually, as with all Europe-linked affairs, the Union has integrated itself into the conversation and is now included in all political discussions on the annual summit agenda.
When was the ‘G’ formed?
Back in 1975, when the world was reeling from its very first oil shock and the subsequent financial fallout that came with it, the heads of state and government from six of the leading industrial countries had a face-to-face meeting at the Chateau de Rambouillet to discuss the global economy, its trajectory, and what they could do to address the economic turmoil that reared its ugly head throughout the 70s.
Why does the G7 exist?
At this very first summit ─ the ‘G6’ summit ─, the leaders adopted a 15-point communiqué, the Declaration of Rambouillet, and agreed to continuously meet once a year moving forward to address the problems of the day, with a rotating Presidency. One year later, Canada was welcomed into the fold, and the ‘G6’ became seven and has remained so ever since ─ Russia’s inclusion and exclusion not counted.
The group, as previously mentioned, was born in the looming shadow of a financial crisis, but its purpose is more significant than just economics. When leaders from the group meet, they discuss and exchange ideas on a broad range of issues, including injustice around the world, geopolitical matters, security, and sustainability.
It’s worth noting that, while the G7 may be made up of mighty nations, the bloc is an informal one. So, although it is considered an important annual event, declarations made during the summit are not legally binding. That said, they are still very influential and worth taking note of because it indicates the ambitions and outlines the initiatives of these particularly prominent leading nations.
Where is the 2021 G7 summit?
This year, the summit will be held in the United Kingdom deep in the southwest of England, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson hosting his contemporaries in the quaint Cornish resort of Carbis Bay near St Ives in Cornwall.
What will be discussed this year?
After almost two years of remote communication, this will be the first in-person G7 summit since the novel Coronavirus first took hold of the globe, and Britain wants “leaders to seize the opportunity to build back better from coronavirus, uniting to make the future fairer, greener, and more prosperous.”
The three-day summit, running from Friday to Sunday, will see the seven leaders discussing a whole host of shared challenges, ranging from the pandemic and vaccine development and distribution to the ongoing global fight against climate change through the implementation of sustainable norms and values.
According to the UK government, the attendees will also be taking a look at “ensuring that people everywhere can benefit from open trade, technological change, and scientific discovery.”