Temasek Foundation Provides 10,000 Fortitude Kit 2.0 To Nepal

Temasek Foundation Provides 10,000 Fortitude Kit 2.0 To Nepal

April 24, 2020, 5:49 p.m.

Temasek Foundation, a philanthropic organization under Singapore investment company, has provided 10,000 Fortitude Kit 2.0 to Nepal. The kits were provided to Nepal Army which will be deployed by frontline health workers to test COVID-19 patients all across the country.

Fortitude Kit 2.0 is designed by Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*START) to detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This is an “All-in-One’ 1-step RT-PCR kit for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA.

The kit comes complete with all the materials required for the RT-PCR reaction, which includes the primer probes mix, the enzyme mix, the positive control, negative control and internal control template.

“In these difficult times, Temasek Foundation stands in solidarity with our friends from Nepal. We hope that these test kits will be helpful to the hospitals and medical professionals who are bravely managing the COVID-19 situation in Nepal. We will build on our on-going ties and continue to work with each other and with the international community,” said Benedict Cheong, Chief Executive of Temasek Foundation International.

Temasek Foundation also extended its sincere gratitude to Nepal Government CCMC, Health Ministry, Civil Society members Dr.Bijendra Baral, Ranjit Acharya and Neil Pande for their coordination efforts. This couldn't have been possible without the kind help of Shree Airlines and two generous private sector stalwarts Pashupati Murarka and Shekhar Golchha, who chartered the flight to carry the goods from Singapore.

Temasek Foundation had also helped Nepal to strengthen wall structures of public schools as part of disaster mitigation efforts back in 2014. The Foundation has been serving the nation in the time of need.

Temasek Foundation supports programs that uplift lives and communities in Singapore and beyond. It aims to strengthen social resilience, foster international exchange and enhance regional capabilities, and advance science and nature for a sustainable world.

A shipment of medical equipments arrives. A jet aircraft of Shree Airlines carrying a shipment of essential medical items from Singapore landed at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA).

The aircraft with the call sign 9N AMB CRJ 700 landed at 8:30 am today bringing medical appliances belonging to the Ministry of Health and Population and Temasek Foundation.

According to company's institutional manager Anil Manandhar, the shipment includes 50 kilos of medical essentials for the government and 119 kilos of commercial cargo. All the essentials meant for the ministry were handed over a while ago. The chartered flight was free under the company's corporate social responsibility.

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