Mrs. Claudia Lorenzo, President of Coca-Cola ASEAN and South Pacific, said: "This latest grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation provides more than 2 million baht to the Songklanagarind Hospital Foundation to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Songkhla Province and nearby areas. This grant will play a part in helping mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 in Thailand and help the community more quickly access COVID-19 testing."
Songklanagarind Hospital Foundation will use funds from The Coca-Cola Foundation for the procurement and distribution of Antigen Test Kits to at-risk populations from 30 communities in Muang and Hat Yai districts. The donation will also be used to support the cloud-based operating system of a web application used to assess the initial symptoms of those registered, facilitating infected people to the appropriate quarantine or treatment and offering advice on what to do for patients in home isolation.
"The number of infected people in Songkhla Province and nearby areas continues to be high, and there are still many at-risk populations who lack access to public health systems and COVID-19 testing," said Assoc. Prof. Roengsak Leetanaporn, Dean of Faculty of Medicine and Chairman of the Songklanagarind Hospital Foundation. "Helping people to access the tests as much as possible is one of the best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19. The Songklanagarind Hospital Foundation is pleased to be a medium to pass assistance from the Coca-Cola Foundation to the people in the area more thoroughly, helping reduce the risk of infection and receive faster treatment."
Mrs. Saadia Madsbjerg, President of The Coca-Cola Foundation, said: "We know the COVID-19 crisis is far from over. We are pleased to use our resources to support the efforts of the Songklanagarind Hospital Foundation to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in Songkhla Province, Thailand."
From May 2020 to present, The Coca-Cola Foundation has provided over 14 million baht to support activities and organisations working hard to contain the outbreak of COVID-19 in Thailand, while the local Coca-Cola Foundation Thailand has provided an additional 7 million baht.
The Coca-Cola Foundation: Established in 1984, The Coca-Cola Foundation has invested more than $1.2 billion around the world to protect the environment, empower women to thrive and to enhance the overall well-being of people and communities.
Source: Hill & Knowlton