Rihanna’s non profit organisation, the Clara Lionel Foundation, has donated $5 million towards coronavirus response efforts on a global scale.
The initiative, which the singer launched in 2012, and named after her grandparents, will be supporting Direct Relief, Partners in Health, Feeding America, the International Rescue Committee, World Health Organisation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund as they continue to battle the pandemic in the U.S., the Caribbean and Africa, according to the foundation’s instagram.
This will support food banks serving at-risk communities, testing resources in underprivileged countries, protective equipment for healthcare workers, training and distribution of respiratory supplies, and testing, care and support for native communities in Haiti, Malawi, and more.
“We know that one of the most powerful weapons we have against COVID-19 is preparedness. Protecting our frontline health workers and marginalized communities around the world requires getting ahead of it FAST. The time to act is now,” says the Foundation in a statement.
The Clara Lionel Foundation has focused on health and disaster preparedness since its founding in 2012, with programs that previously included the Clara Braithwaite Center for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados, and education programs.
Behind China and Italy, The United States has the highest number of confirmed cases of COVID 19, followed by Spain and Germany.