Uber Launches its Largest Region-Wide Initiative in Partnership with Mastercard to Provide 120,000 Free Trips to Frontline Workers in the Middle East and Africa

The partnership with Mastercard is setting the benchmark for Uber across the MEA region.

Our teams are working 24/7 to assist health and medical care authorities as well as workers supporting our communities in responding to the pandemic.

We have partnered with Mastercard, who have committed 120,000 free trips and meals to workers who are supporting our communities across MEA, to help make their lives a little easier.  To ensure these workers who need to be mobile have a reliable and efficient way of getting around, we are utilising our technology and making available our wide network of drivers.

This strategic partnership between Mastercard and Uber spans across the region and the power of this partnership is evident in Uber’s latest partnership across SSA:

  • South Africa: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to deliver chronic medication to vulnerable patients. So far, over 132 000 chronic medicine parcels have been delivered by community health workers across the province, in a partnership with Uber. Through this partnership, Uber has also been able to assist Doctors Without Borders with their thermometer Collection.  Uber has also partnered with Afrika Tikkun and Boxer Superstores, whereby we are facilitating food vouchers to drivers and couriers and in addition, we are facilitating food parcels to their existing community.
  • Kenya: Uber has teamed up with The Nairobi Hospital and Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital to provide trips to ease movement for medical professionals, ensuring that frontline workers have a reliable and efficient way of getting to and from where their services are required.
  • Ivory Coast: Uber has partnered with Ivorian Ministry of Health and SOCIDA, Ivory Coast’s leading automobile dealers and distributors of the Renault, Suzuki, Isuzu and HELI brands, to provide free transportation to health workers in Abidjan.
  • Nigeria: Uber has partnered with the with Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to support the President’s COVID field team with rides and to provide meals for school children
  • Ghana: Uber is supporting FreeLunchGH and The Safe Space Foundation with free rides.

Keeping safety in mind, Uber has shared relevant health information with drivers to ensure they are well-informed in COVID-19 related safety protocols and have been provided with masks and sanitiser reimbursement​s​.

We are amazed at Mastercards relentless effort to make a difference and we are proud to be working alongside them to ensure those who are tirelessly supporting our communities have access to safe and reliable transport. The partnership with Mastercard is setting the benchmark for us across the MEA region and we are proud that Mastercard has become our largest partnership across the Middle East and Africa.

We are also grateful for all that our dedicated healthcare and community workers are doing for us. We want to send them our heartfelt thanks for keeping us all safe and allowing us to stay home.

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