Nedbank has committed to helping alleviate hunger and provide emergency relief to the most vulnerable South African communities during the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that has gripped the country and the world at large.In response to the pandemic, Nedbank has pledged a R12 million donation in aid of hunger relief efforts, and to help mobilise, train and equip volunteers with the necessary information and hygiene products to drive awareness across the country, prioritising provinces with the highest infection rate.“While healthcare services will be critical in responding to an increase in severe cases, we have recognised that good nutrition and hygiene will be equally vital to proactively reduce infections and assist in maintaining the health of those impacted,” says Mike Brown, Nedbank Chief Executive. “Given the unprecedented situation that we find ourselves in as country, it is imperative that we act swiftly to support our communities in any way that we can, particularly those with limited access to food and markets. “Nedbank’s access to detailed demographic data through our national footprint and financial systems, will enable us to identify those communities which have the biggest need and where we can make the most impact, which includes rural and informal settlements,” Brown says.The bank will be working with the Department of Health and each province will continue to work with local health departments to provide aid to vulnerable areas. The project involves comprehensive Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) including hygiene promotion, which includes correct handwashing and sanitizing techniques, as well as information dissemination and awareness.“Out of South Africa’s population of 59 million, over 22 million people live in underdeveloped rural areas and 3.6 million in informal urban settlements. As such, South Africa is particularly at risk of millions failing to access primary healthcare and the vital, yet costly essentials to maintain the hygiene practices necessary to slow the spread of the virus.While many households are under the 21-day national lockdown, there is a significant need for the provision of food to vulnerable families.This post and content is sponsored, written and provided by Nedbank.