MetLife Foundation has recently teamed up with Spreeha Bangladesh, a non-profit organisation, to help healthcare workers tackle Covid-19.
The collaboration will ensure that the frontline healthcare professionals and hospitals are equipped with the appropriate protective equipment, as well as lifesaving ventilators to help treat critically ill patients.
Through a donation of $90,000 from MetLife Foundation, approximately 1,500 frontline healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses and support staff, will be benefitted from the protective equipment, and around 5,000 patients will receive ventilation support for critical situation from 30 portable ventilators provided at selected hospitals.
Spreeha Bangladesh Foundation will select the Covid-19 treating hospitals based on a comprehensive need analysis by taking into consideration a number of important factors, including the number of healthcare service providers, current status of personal protective equipment and other equipment, existing number of ventilators and capacity of treating critical patients.
"We want to stand beside medical professionals who are helping patients return to health," said Syed Hammadul Karim, general manager of MetLife Bangladesh.
"Through the partnership, we will also strengthen the capabilities of select hospitals to treat critically ill patients with ventilator machines which will increase the chance of patient survival."
As more people return to health, they can resume their daily working life and contribute to the overall economic recovery, he said.
"We thank MetLife Foundation for their generous support towards Spreeha's efforts to ensure access to healthcare for all and safety of the frontline health workers during the Covid-19 pandemic," said Tazin Shadid, founder and CEO of Spreeha Bangladesh Foundation.