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Nedbank steps up national response to COVID-19 pandemic, joins forces with The Aurum Institute to scale up COVID-19 testing

Nedbank steps up national response to COVID-19 pandemic, joins forces with The Aurum Institute to scale up COVID-19 testing

To support efforts in curbing the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in South Africa, Nedbank will donate R1 million to healthcare organisation The Aurum Institute to scale up mobile testing of COVID-19 in KwaZulu Natal, one of the worst affected provinces. 

"As a purpose led organisation, we understand the imperative to continue to show our support and play a role to flatten the curve and help curb the spread of the coronavirus.  This donation comes on the back of various pledges and relief measures already committed to by Nedbank, including the Doctors on Call Helpline set up to provide free medical advice to South Africans," said Craig Evans, Nedbank Southern Division, Divisional Executive, Retail Business Banking. 

As government accelerates its comprehensive screening and testing campaign the Concerned Citizens COVID-19 Association in partnership with Nedbank, SPAR and Chroma Capital will augment KwaZulu Natal's response through the provision of 10 mobile testing vehicles that will include a driver, a nurse and a healthcare screener. The partnership will also provide test kits, sample collection and analysis, as well as reporting to the provincial health department and the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) within 24 - 48 hours.

The Aurum Institute has established a donation drive to amplify the country's COVID-19 response, by supporting the vulnerable and those working on the frontlines. "The core of our funding is focused on HIV and TB. While we continue to ensure patients are serviced on that front, we have a lot of ideas to impact on COVID-19 and the funds from this donation drive will help us contribute more widely to the pandemic response," said Prof Vinodh Edwards, Regional Chief Operating Officer: Research. 

Aurum has been working to support national efforts by drawing on the skills and expertise from the Group structure; the Institute, Aurum Innova, Global Health Innovations, The Centre for HIV and AIDS Prevention Studies (CHAPS)  and Youth Health Africa. Aurum staff based at health facilities have been tracing, screening, and testing people for the virus, while Aurum’s team of medical doctors have been supporting clinicians at the coalface of the pandemic through the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) helpline.

"We have a large team made up of experts who inspire confidence in Aurum's capability to contribute meaningfully to the fight against COVID-19. These are tough times, if you have the means, as an individual or a corporate, to be able to contribute, there is no greater time than now to support fellow South Africans by making a donation," said Edwards.

About Aurum

Established in 1998, the Aurum Institute is an African Public Benefit Organisation whose mission is to improve the health of people and communities living in poverty through innovation in global health research, systems and delivery. It is rooted in Africa is dedicated to researching, supporting and implementing innovative, integrated approaches to Global Health with their headquarters in South Africa with offices in the USA, Ghana and Mozambique. The Aurum Institute has developed itself into a leading player, bridging the worlds of research, policy and implementation for impact.