MetLife Foundation provides USD 150,000 grant to SAJIDA Foundation to support for frontline health workers
June 21, 2020
MetLife Foundation is working with SAJIDA Foundation, a non-profit organization in Bangladesh, to support frontline healthcare workers battling COVID -19 in Bangladesh.
Through a grant of USD 150,000 from MetLife Foundation, SAJIDA Foundation will provide financial support to a certain number of vulnerable families of frontline healthcare workers who have passed away due to COVID-19. A portion of the grant will also be used to strengthen the resources and protection measures of SAJIDA Foundation’s COVID-19 isolation center in Narayanganj.
Each eligible family will receive financial support of BDT 200,000. SAJIDA Foundation will review the cases and manage the disbursement of financial support to the families.
Frontline healthcare workers eligible for this financial support are doctors, nurses, paramedics and lab technicians/technologists working in any private or government COVID-19 dedicated hospitals and in non COVID-19 private / government hospitals who have passed away due to COVID-19.
Zahida Fizza Kabir, CEO, SAJIDA Foundation, said “We have been running a COVID-19 Quarantine & Isolation Center since the onset of the crisis and fully comprehend the immense pressure and risk with which healthcare professionals are operating. We thank MetLife Foundation for their support and hope this fund will help establish a benchmark in in supporting healthcare professionals.”
Commenting on the grant, Syed Hammadul Karim, MetLife Bangladesh’s General Manager said, “Frontline healthcare workers are fundamental to the country’s successful management of COVID-19 situation. With the collaboration between MetLife Foundation and SAJIDA Foundation, we aim to stand beside the family members of the brave frontline health workers.”
About MetLife Foundation
At MetLife Foundation, we believe financial health belongs to everyone. We bring together bold solutions, deep financial expertise and meaningful grants to build financial health for people and communities that are underserved and aspire for more. We partner with organizations around the world to create financial health solutions and build stronger communities, engaging MetLife employee volunteers to help drive impact. MetLife Foundation was created in 1976 to continue MetLife’s long tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement. Since its founding through the end of 2019, MetLife Foundation provided morethan $860 million in grants and $85 million in program-related investments to make a positive impact in the communities where MetLife operates. To date, our financial health work has reached 9.9 million low-income individuals in 42 countries. To learn more about MetLife Foundation, visit www.metlife.org.
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About SAJIDA Foundation
SAJIDA Foundation is a non-profit organization which has been operating since 1993 with a vision to ensure health, happiness and dignity for all. SAJIDA serves six million clients across 26 districts utilizing a resource pool which is over 3,600 strong. SAJIDA’s interventions support small businesses through a diverse portfolio of financial products & business development service, provide access to affordable & specialized healthcare through strategically positioned social enterprises and multisectoral development programs.