To help Vietnam combat the COVID-19 pandemic, on April 10 in Hanoi, representatives from AIA Life Insurance Co., Ltd., Vietnam, through the Central Committee of the Vietnamese Fatherland Front, provided VND25 billion ($1.1 million) financial support for doctors and medical staff working on the front lines.
|Representatives of AIA‘s Board of Directors during the announcement of the Financial Assistance Package for frontline medical staff fighting against COVID-19 |
Of the funds donated by AIA Vietnam, VND2 billion ($86,700) was transferred directly to the Central Committee of the Vietnamese Fatherland Front, which will be used for the purchase of essential medical equipment for frontline doctors and medical staff. The remaining VND23 billion ($1 million) will be implemented into a special financial support programme by AIA Vietnam. This package will apply to all doctors, nurses, and other frontline staff who work at hospitals and health facilities designated by the Ministry of Health to diagnose and treat COVID-19 patients.
Wayne Besant, CEO of AIA Vietnam, shared his support for the tremendous efforts the medical staff continue to make to combat the virus. “We are extremely grateful to the thousands of heroes in white-shirts who fight on the frontline against the epidemic. The sacrifices you make, day and night, risking your own safety, is truly inspirational. Thank you for your courageous, tireless, and selfless acts in providing such essential services to those in need. With this support, we would like to express our appreciation to all medical staff and hope to do our part in fighting against this pandemic,” he said.
Accordingly, the Financial Assistance Program provided by AIA includes:
Financial assistance for frontline workers upon positive diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 virus: Any frontline staff such as doctors, nurses, technicians, pharmacists, pharmacy staff, administrative staff, emergency drivers, guards, or volunteers who meet the programme requirements and are diagnosed positive for the Sars-CoV-2 virus themselves during the programme period will receive a lump sum allowance of VND10 million ($435).
|AIA Vietnam representatives presented the VND25 billion ($1.1 million) check to the Central Committee of the Vietnamese Fatherland Front |
Financial support for relatives in the case of death from SARS-CoV-2 virus infection: In the unfortunate event of frontline staff, such as doctors, nurses, technicians, pharmacists, pharmacy staff, administrative staff, emergency drivers, guards, or volunteers who meet the programme requirements pass away due to virus infection, VND100 million ($4,350) will be available as financial aid for their relatives.
Besant also added: “AIA's philosophy in Vietnam is what is good for Vietnam, is good for AIA. Therefore, we believe our role to best contribute to the Vietnamese people is through our commitment to helping our community and customers live healthier, longer, and happier lives. As a result, AIA Vietnam always strives to understand and meet the increasingly diverse needs of its customers as well as support the community to improve the quality of life and promote the development of society.”
The Financial Assistance Program for the contingent of doctors and medical staff will be implemented until either the end of June 30, 2020 or until AIA Vietnam has fully used the total amount of VND23 billion ($1 million) available for financial support.