Tencent WeSure and Tencent Foundation have teamed up with the Chinese Government’s Ministry of Civil Affairs of the People to deliver insurance protection for COVID-19 volunteers in the country.
The alliance will also witness the launch of a public welfare and insurance protection programme across China.
The programme will financially be supported by the Tencent Foundation and implemented by WeSure and the China Charity Alliance (CCA) of the Ministry of Civil Affairs.
It will assist volunteers, social workers, and senior care institutions in Hubei’s province.
The programme has two parts.
Special financial support will be offered to volunteer, community workers and social workers who were infected as a result of participating in the prevention and control of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) epidemic in the first part.
Those diagnosed as ‘severe’ and ‘critical’ will receive RMB50,000 ($7,138) guaranteed financial support.
The family members of the deceased community workers will receive a compensation of RMB250,000 ($35,690).
All the volunteers, community workers, and social workers, who have been participating in the prevention and control of the epidemic, nationwide will be offered special insurance protection from WeSure in the second part of the programme.
WeSure CEO Alan Lau said: “WeSure is actively responding to the call of the country to help prevent and control the Covid-19 outbreak.
“In full recognition of the sacrifices made by these community workers and volunteers in this race against time, WeSure is fully leveraging the advantages of Internet insurance to support these heroes, so that we can defeat this epidemic together.”
According to data released by the Ministry of Civil Affairs, 146 million volunteers are working in the field.
By early March, 53 urban and rural community workers died fighting the epidemic.