Shipment containing first delivery destined for Switzerland arrived at Liege Airport late on 25th March
• The latest in a number of aid initiatives from the Alibaba Foundation and Jack Ma Foundation, which are donating two million masks and other medical supplies to help Europe combat the spread of the Covid-19 virus
• Shipment follows announcement to donate masks, test kits and other medical supplies to Europe to help combat the spread of the Covid-19 virus
The Alibaba Foundation and Jack Ma Foundation, established by the founder of the global technology company Alibaba Group, Jack Ma, donated face masks and testing kits to Switzerland to support the fight against Covid-19.
The cargo flight loaded with the first batch of supplies departed from Hangzhou, China, and arrived at Alibaba’s Belgium eWTP Hub at Liège Airport for further transportation to Switzerland. The Belgian eWTP Hub has contributed to the efficient international transport of goods during this crisis, and Cainiao Network, Alibaba’s logistics arm, has increased the number of chartered cargo flights to five per week during this period.
The relief effort was also made possible thanks to the close cooperation with the Swiss Ministry of Defence – whose action was crucial to enable a rapid response and delivery of donated medical supplies.
This donation is among a number of aid initiatives from the Alibaba Foundation and Jack Ma Foundation to support the areas of the world most affected by the Covid-19 crisis, sourcing and delivering various types of medical supplies to China, South East Asia, United States, Africa, Austria, Italy, Ireland, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Slovenia, The Netherlands, Denmark and Spain. The Foundations are also funding research and development of Covid-19 virus treatment options in China and at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity (Australia) and Columbia University (USA). Further donations are expected to be announced over the coming days and weeks.
The Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation have published and distributed a handbook detailing learnings and best practices from the First Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine, for treating Covid-19 patients: https://covid-19.alibabacloud.com/
About Jack Ma Foundation
Established by Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba Group, the Jack Ma Foundation was founded on 15 December 2014 and has been focusing on education, entrepreneurship, women’s leadership, and the environment. The Foundation aspires to be a reliable, participative, and sustainable philanthropic organisation. The Jack Ma Foundation has so far supported projects worldwide including the Jack Ma Rural Education Program, the African Entrepreneurs Prize, the Ma & Morley Scholarship Program, and Jordan’s Queen Rania Foundation. Additionally, the Foundation has also funded a number of projects in its priority areas. The Jack Ma Foundation is committed to empowering rural educators, entrepreneurs, rural children, young start-ups, and women to equip them for the future and to help build a happier, healthier, more sustainable and more inclusive society.
About Alibaba Foundation
The Alibaba Foundation, established in December 2011, aims to create a culture that encourages people to get involved in philanthropy, make it sustainable and genuinely contribute to civil society and nature. Its key funding aspects include water protection, environmental awareness promotion and development of green organizations. Alibaba Group is committed to devoting a percentage of its annual income to the Alibaba Foundation to ensure stable long-term funding that will allow for timely response in the event of natural disasters or expansion of philanthropic projects.