The Coca-Cola Foundation Thailand has granted 2.75 million baht to the Mirror Foundation and Zen-Dai group to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and mitigate the impacts on affected communities by supporting the purchase of essential equipment for patients waiting for treatment and protective equipment for frontline volunteer groups. The Foundation is also donating 'Namthip' drinking water worth 4.5 million baht to the Thai Red Cross Society, vaccination centers, hospitals, and public health agencies in 44 provinces across the country.
Mr. Nuntivat Thamhatai, Director and Secretary-General of The Coca-Cola Foundation Thailand, said: "As the COVID-19 situation continues to impact communities across Thailand, we are committed to providing continued support through both The Coca-Cola Foundation in the United States and
The Coca-Cola Foundation Thailand. Today, we are delighted to offer additional grants to the Mirror Foundation and the Zen-Dai group as both agencies work tirelessly to support patients waiting to be admitted into hospital, those treated at home and those at risk who need to be isolated at home. We are pleased to support both agencies as part of our commitment to helping Thai society and communities during this difficult time."
With this support, The Coca-Cola Foundation Thailand will donate 1,375,000 baht to the Mirror Foundation to help fund the purchase of essential equipment for COVID-19 patients who are awaiting hospital treatment.
"Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many infected people are unable to access treatment in a timely manner," said Mr. Ekkalak Lumchomkhae, Chairman of the Mirror Foundation, "the Mirror Foundation, as a non-profit organization with the potential to deal with crises, has continued to mobilize oxygen tanks and oxygen concentrators to help these patient groups under the project 'Help Each Other'. This grant from The Coca-Cola Thailand Foundation has led to the purchase of 5- and 10-liter oxygen concentrators and pulse oximeters, which will certainly benefit many patients who are waiting for treatment."
The Zen-Dai group will use another supporting grant of 1,375,000 baht to provide equipment for 500 volunteers, allowing them to have equipment to shield themselves from risk during volunteer duty, with items such as PPE, N95 masks, gloves, thermometers, pulse oximeters, face shields, hair caps, garbage bags and essential medicines. It will also be used to purchase lifesaving supplies to distribute to infected patients being treated at home.
Mr. Phuvakorn Srinean, a founding member of the Zen-Dai group, added: "For the Zen-Dai group, volunteers play an important role in helping coordinate the mission and referring patients to the treatment system. The support of Coca-Cola will go to purchasing necessary medical device and supplies that will help prepare Zen-Dai volunteers in the outreach activities, making it more convenient for the volunteers to undertake their missions and ultimately lead to facilitating patients who are waiting for treatment more quickly, thoroughly and effectively."
In addition to supporting the Mirror Foundation and the Zen-Dai group, The Coca-Cola Foundation Thailand is also donating 'Namthip' drinking water worth 4.5 million baht through the project 'Namthip Gives Back' to support the work of the Thai Red Cross Society in helping those affected by COVID-19. The project also delivers 'Namthip' drinking water through the nationwide logistics system of ThaiNamthip and HaadThip to vaccination centers, hospitals in various areas - including Public Health Offices, and other institutions such as Chulabhorn Hospital and the Thai Chamber of Commerce, totaling 44 provinces across the country.