At the 2023 National Honors and Awards, MTN Ghana Foundation received recognition for the important contributions the Foundation made in the battle against COVID-19.
A plaque and an award for Distinguished Service – Platinum Category were given to MTN Ghana Foundation.
His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana, gave the awards and expressed gratitude to the numerous people and organizations that distinguished themselves in their various fields of endeavor as well as the numerous people whose remarkable fortitude, priceless contributions, interventions, and responsiveness assisted in battling the COVID-19 pandemic.
Selorm Adadevoh, the Chief Executive Officer of MTN Ghana, accepted the honor on behalf of the MTN Ghana Foundation.
The Presidential Honor was given to MTN Ghana in appreciation for its substantial contributions to the National COVID-19 Trust Fund and for ranking among the fund’s highest contributors.
Contributions to the fund enabled the government to purchase personal protective equipment (PPEs) for healthcare facilities, provide funding support for the promotion and facilitation of research and innovation on COVID-19, and provide assistance to nearly 8,000 identified needy and vulnerable individuals as well as other social intervention initiatives across the nation.
Other awardees included frontline workers, Board & Trustees of the National COVID-19 Trust Fund, Institutions and Faith-based organizations, Members of the Private Sector Support Fund, International Partners among others.
One of the companies leading the charge in the battle against the pandemic was MTN, which also made contributions to the federal and state governments, hospitals, and educational institutions all over the nation.
To support the government’s attempts to fight the COVID-19 outbreak, MTN made a GHS 10 million donation to the National COVID-19 Trust Fund in 2021 through the MTN Ghana Foundation.
It also included four sets of PCR equipment, viral sampling tools, GHS 5 million in cash, GHS 5 million worth of PPE (masks, coveralls, and hand gloves), and GHS 5 million in PPE.
Other things given to hospitals, special Isolation and Care management centers, health centers, CHPS compounds, and medical facilities across the nation included RNA extraction kits, thermometer guns, and disposable cups.
The Foundation also presented office equipment valued at GHS 42,000 to the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research to aid in COVID-19 testing and case management in 2020. It also presented PPEs worth millions of cedis to various secondary schools, traditional councils as well as regional hospitals across the country.
MTN introduced several interventions and several initiatives to safeguard its employees and customers nationwide. It launched a series of educational and awareness campaigns to sensitize the public on COVID-19 and measures to stay safe. Furthermore, MTN boosted network services to aid in work from home, online learning (zero rated browsing sites), and other digital interventions to aid in business continuity, social interactions among others.