Sana’a, Yemen, 12 April 2021: Hyundai Motor Company is in the process of donating medical equipment and personal protection items worth over USD $2.4 million to countries across the Middle East and Africa in an effort to help tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.
Yemen is one of the 37 countries that has benefitted, with Hyundai contributing 16,000 items that is assisting front-line medical workers and the public during these unprecedented times.
The contribution towards Yemen includes 15,000 face masks, 1,000 protective suits, and one ambulance to help the country combat COVID-19.
Hyundai has worked alongside its long-term partner Hayel Saeed Anam (HSA) Yemen and the International Initiative on COVID-19 in Yemen (IICY), to facilitate the donation of the personal protection equipment to support the people of Yemen.
IICY brings together partners from the public and private sectors, chaired by the Hayel Saeed Anam Foundation and including the United Nations, Unilever, Tetra Pak, the Yemen Private Sector Cluster and the Federation of Yemen Chambers of Commerce & Industry, in an effort to support the actions already being taken by WHO, local public health authorities and international humanitarian organisations to respond to the threat of COVID-19.
The contribution is part of Hyundai’s commitment to support those in need in the region. The donation from Hyundai has already been distributed by the International Medical Corps to reach communities across Yemen. In recent months, Hyundai has helped those in need around the world through donations and contributing medical equipment and personal protection items.
Bang Sun Jeong, Vice President, Head of Hyundai Motor Company Middle East & Africa HQs, said: “Caring for humanity has always been at the heart of Hyundai’s vision and having assisted those in need in countries around the world, we are proud to expand our support to countries across the Middle East and Africa region that have been hardest hit by the pandemic.
“The contributions of personal protection items are another step forward of making a positive difference and we believe if we work together, we can overcome anything.
“We sincerely hope our efforts contribute to making a difference in this fight. We are committed to supporting the communities in the region, and we hope this ensures the safety and wellbeing of people.
“We believe if we stay together, we can overcome anything. We hope this pandemic can soon come to an end and we can help people get back to their daily lives.”
Mr. Nabil Hayel Saeed Anam, Chair of the International Initiative on COVID-19 in Yemen, welcomed the donation and said: “The International Initiative of COVID-19 in Yemen is proud to partner with Hyundai to donate vital supplies to support front-line medical workers in Yemen, and to help fight COVID-19, which remains an immediate threat to many throughout the country.
“By joining our efforts with key private and public organisations, IICY seeks to help provide life-saving medical aid to those in the dire need of help. For millions of Yemenis, the fight is far from over. We firmly believe that we can deliver greater impact by working together. We welcome further partners as we seek to help the people of Yemen, at this critical time for the country.”
Hyundai’s initiatives to tackle COVID-19 globally include delivering emergency supplies to medical facilities in China, offering free transportation for the elderly and healthcare professionals in Brazil and providing a fleet of its vehicles to volunteers and self-isolating customers in the UK.