Masiyiwa Donates 45 Ventilator ICU Suites To Zimbabwe

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Businessman Strive Masiyiwa has donated 45 Ventilator Intensive Care Unit (ICU) suites to Zimbabwe in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

Masiyiwa, who has been leading a campaign to help African countries head off the potentially devastating social and economic impact of the epidemic, was writing on his popular Facebook blog where he underlined the importance of Ventilators.

Masiyiwa wrote:

Why Ventilators are so important

If you have been following developments through serious media, and listening to medical experts, you will know by now that the COVID-19 virus attacks the lungs and, at its most acute, it becomes difficult for the person to breath.

There is a type of hospital equipment called a Ventilator, which is used to keep the person alive, whilst they battle with the illness.

Because of the huge demand, this machine is now almost impossible to get, even if you have money to buy. The waiting list with producers runs into months.

It is also not something you can just produce, because of the technology and the supply of parts for it.

Since Higher Life Foundation Zimbabwe is run by a medical doctor, they have been trying to get some of this equipment, which costs from $15,000 up to $100,000 each.

Business leaders and entrepreneurs in every African country must come together, and set up funds to buy this life-saving equipment.

Don’t just wait for governments.

By way of example, our foundation, in Zimbabwe – working with some of our donor partners – have just secured 45 full ICU Ventilator suites for distribution to Zimbabwe’s public hospitals.

They will be shipped before the end of the month. This is a drop in the bucket, in terms of actual requirement, so I hope groups like mining companies, bottling groups, banks and others will follow our example. This is a not a crisis in which you “sit on your hands, and provide running commentary” [my Mother]

Strive Masiyiwa


  1. HM

    May God bless him more.

  2. Brian Tazvitya Makore

    This is transformative praxis. Making real difference.

  3. Tawanda

    God bless you

  4. Willard Bepete

    Good job sir.

  5. Moven Ncube

    True it’s work together fight this Covid 19.
    Thank you big man this way go a long way.

  6. Artwell Zhou

    Well done Strive, this is leading by example. God will give the hand that gives..

  7. Michael Matambanadzo

    May The Lord richly bless Mr. Masiyiwa. Thank you sir for caring for your countrymen and women

  8. Dee

    Thabk you so much

  9. Anonymous

    Thank you and I trust this will be strictly monitored so they don’t end up being sold on the black market or a new Private Hospital in Mount Pleasant? Which hospitals and will staff be taught, ZESA provided and a backup service?

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