Higher Life Foundation steps up coronavirus testing

BUSINESS magnate and Africa Union Coronavirus Special Envoy Strive Masiyiwa yesterday announced free coronavirus (Covid-19) testing for people in low income and rural areas in Zimbabwe.

He said this would be complimented with a ramped-up testing for the broader population at a cost.
These, according to the tycoon, would be done through his Higher Life Foundation (HLF) and Testing Alliance.
Zimbabwe as of yesterday afternoon had 530 cases of Covid-19, including six deaths and 123 recoveries.
The billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist, Masiyiwa, said: “Starting today, any Zimbabwean who wants a Covid-19 test can get it.
“We have built a #Testing Alliance of over 1 500 partners, including private doctors, clinics and pharmacies.
“We supply them with test kits on consignment (they don’t pay for them upfront) and we cap the cost of their tests at US$15 for RDT and US$30 for PCR (when it becomes available in two weeks).
“People who live in low-income areas and rural areas don’t have to pay, as our foundation pays for them. Nurses, doctors and other healthcare workers also get free tests. We make zero profit on the kits and testing. We just try to recover the cost.”
He added: “As I said before, the more testing that you do, the less you need lockdowns.
“We are shipping special laboratories to help scale up testing, particularly at border posts. Border posts can easily become what are called ‘super spreaders’, if you put people in containment. Helping to clear backlogs of testing is our highest priority.
“The Zimbabwe initiative is a trial, which I and a few donors are looking to scale to other countries, if it helps to slow down infections.”
Masiyiwa said next week he would be announcing a major initiative to try and help those who are infected.


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