Standard Bank employees Thursday joined the rest of the world in commemorating World Aids Day by forming a big red ribbon and lighting candles outside their head office in Lilongwe as a show of solidarity and commitment to fight against the pandemic.
Head of Marketing and Communications at the bank, Thoko Unyolo, said the activities are part of the bank’s comprehensive action in the fight against HIV and Aids and other pandemics such as Tuberculosis and malaria.
“This is the first solidarity display of its kind by Standard Bank in Malawi. We are doing this because we are more than a bank and our people are more than bankers. We are committed to put in more in the fight against Aids and show our support for Mother Malawi,” she said.
Unyolo said the comprehensive action on mitigating effects of pandemics has seen the bank signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Global Fund.
She said following the MoU, which was signed in April, Standard Bank has conducted training sessions in financial management targeting implementers of Global Fund projects with the objective of building their financial capacity in the fight against the triple diseases.
“Through our partnership with the Global Fund and engaging with its grant recipients and programme implementers, we are helping to make sure that grant efficiency and effectiveness is improving, which ultimately has a positive impact on the fight against the three diseases,” she said.
Under the MoU, Standard Bank made a commitment to release an initial K40 million for various activities by the Fund.
The Standard Bank partnership is operational in 20 countries where Standard Bank group exists in Africa. It covers three broad areas of monetary contribution, employee engagement and consumer finance initiative.
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