Greta Thunberg donates R1.8m to help children affected by Covid-19

Greta Thunberg donates R1.8m to help children affected by Covid-19

- Popular 17-year-old activist, Greta Thunberg, is giving out a sum of $100,000 (R1.8 million) to help children survive the pandemic period

- In a show of support, Human Act, the group who gave her the money, said they would match a like sum for the cause

- With the donations, UNICEF will be able to make essential supplies available for poor areas with children during the outbreak

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Famous climate activist Greta Thunberg has donated prize money of $100,000 (R1.8 million) she won so as to help children during the coronavirus pandemic.

CNN reports that a Danish organisation called Human Act gave the 17-year-old activist the money for her global fight to preserve the environment. learnt that the money, according to the agency, will now be donated to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

Human Act said it will again support the teenager by donating another sum of $100,000 (R1.8 million)to match the money she gave UNICEF.

"I'm asking everyone to step up and join me in support of UNICEF's vital work to save children's lives, to protect health and continue education.

"Like the climate crisis, the coronavirus pandemic is a child-rights crisis. It will affect all children, now and in the long-term, but vulnerable groups will be impacted the most,” she said.

With the latest campaign, the agency is working on, there will be more provisions of basic but essential items like soap, masks, gloves, hygiene kits and important information to better healthcare systems.

It was earlier reported that a team of medical researchers based in London Ontario, Canada, found a new way to manage a coronavirus patient through a new form of dialysis.

Based at the Lawson Health Research Institute and led by Dr Chirs Mcintyre, the team came up with the modified method after they saw that a new kind of treatment is necessary, especially for patients needing intensive care.

“This led to the idea of treating a patient’s blood outside of the body. We could reprogram white blood cells associated with inflammation to alter the immune response,” McIntyre said.

The team was able to successfully treat a patient with this new method last week as the person struggled with multiple organ failure.

Macintyre said that before treating the person, there was a 98% dying chance but after the treatment was concluded, that reduced to 30%.

Though the patient is still very much in intensive care and needing organ support, it was obvious that his condition relatively improved.

The head doctor said the use of a dialysis machine is a way of making use of readily available resources to combat the deadly virus.

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