Liberia to Get 20,000 COVID-19 Test Kits, Other Equipment

Jack Ma, Founder and Chairman, Alibaba

Donated by Jack Ma, Alibaba Foundations to African Union Member States

Africa’s response to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak received a major boost today as the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) and the Government of Ethiopia received a consignment of medical equipment from the Jack Ma and Alibaba Foundations.

The shipment included over 1.5 million laboratory diagnostic test kits and over 100 tons of infection prevention and control commodities.

This relief initiative was launched by the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Dr Abiy Ahmed, the Jack Ma Foundation, and Alibaba Foundation as part of actions towards implementation of the Africa joint continental strategy for COVID-19 led by the African Union through Africa CDC.

“On behalf of the Chairperson of the African Union, His Excellency, Cyril Ramaphosa, we thank the Jack Ma and Alibaba Foundations for this generous hospitality and contribution to the continent. We thank His Excellency the Prime Minister, and the Government of Ethiopia, for facilitating the donation,” said H.E. Mr Edward Xolisa Makaya, South Africa’s Permanent Representative to Ethiopia and the African Union.

“This is a great honour and initiative and a great sign of solidarity that the world needs at this critical time. The test kits and other materials will support African countries in their fight against this outbreak. We are facing a humanitarian situation, an economic situation and a security situation in the continent and Africa CDC clearly applauds the initiative of the prime minister and the Jack Ma and Alibaba Foundations,” said Dr John Nkengasong, Director of Africa CDC.

The COVID-19 outbreak continues to spread rapidly across the continents of the world claiming thousands of lives and huge resources. In just about three months it has caused over 12,000 deaths worldwide and impacted socioeconomic activities, particularly tourism and transport.

Ethiopian Airlines will help distribute the equipment, consisting 20,000 laboratory diagnostic test kits, 100,000 medical masks, and 1000 protective suits and face shields, to each of the Member States as part of their contribution to the fight against COVID-19 in Africa.

“We appeal to our ministries of health to ensure that these materials are distributed and used where they are mostly needed,” said H.E. Ambassador Mohamed Idriss Farah, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Djibouti, Dean of African Diplomatic Corps, and Chair of the African Union Peace and Security Council.


  1. The amount donated will be replenished in his granary more than 10 times in a short time. This is one of the golden rules of riches; give unconditionally without apprehensions and regrets and with no strains or not expecting anything in return.

    Thank you, Jack. May God richly bless the works of your hands.

    This is Christianity; Christianity is not begging for bread all the time. We fight and kill other human beings to rule Africa, why?
    Africans, let’s learn to give something to the rest of the world too. If you have no innovation or education to produce wealth by harnessing our natural resources, stop fighting for power uselessly, CDC.
    We beg you my people, don’t forget us here in Liberia oooooooooooh, or else we will perish with this groping government.
    They are now looking for cupid characters who would easily accept bribes to sacrifice or jeopardize our high-earned peace to consolidate mediocrity in our nation Liberia.

  2. The story headline says that Liberia ‘Liberia to Get 20,000 COVID-19 Test Kits, Other Equipment’. I did not see it mentioned in the story.

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