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Masiyiwa and his global partners Delivers 1 000 ventilators

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Strive Masiyiwa, founder and chairman of Econet Wireless Global Ltd., speaks during the annual Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills , California, U.S., on Monday, May 2, 2016. The conference gathers attendees to explore solutions to today's most pressing challenges in financial markets, industry sectors, health, government and education. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Econet Wireless founder and philanthropist, Strive Masiyiwa has announced the arrival of 45 full ICU ventilators in Zimbabwe which the businessman ordered a couple of months back.

The billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist, who is the African Union’s Special Envoy to Coordinate the Africa Private Sector Initiative for the Procurement of Personal Protective Equipment and other Essential Supplies, also announced that he has teamed up with fellow global entrepreneurs Sir Richard Branson and Jeff Skoll to donate 1 000 more ventilators to 8 African countries.

Breaking the news on his popular Facebook blog, Masiyiwa wrote:

Update on Ventilator donations:

Some of you will remember that a few weeks ago, when the pandemic began, I undertook to donate 45 full ICU ventilators to Zimbabwe. I’m pleased to advise that they have now arrived in the country, after being manufactured in the UK. They are being delivered to the country’s leading hospitals.

I’m also pleased to advise that owing to an initiative I have been working on with two well known global entrepreneurs, Sir Richard Branson and Jeff Skoll, 1000 ventilators are being manufactured in SA, under free license.

These will be distributed for FREE to the following countries:

-South Sudan: 100;

-Sudan: 100;

-Rwanda: 100;

-Burundi: 200;

-Eastern Congo: 100;

-Zimbabwe: 200;

-Botswana: 100;

-Lesotho: 100.

I would like to again express my deepest appreciation to Jeff and Sir Richard.

The FREE open license for the ventilators and Oxygen Concentrators is now available for all African countries. We can produce 10 000 such ventilators if required, and they will be sold at 10%, of the value of a normal ventilator, thanks to the generosity of the philanthropists that provided the technology.

Shipment will begin in July.

God bless them indeed.

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