CSL employees in China were in the center of the COVID-19 pandemic since the beginning of the outbreak, and they responded by giving their time and efforts toward fighting the spread.
As the outbreak began, three nurses – Jiali Fan, Zhen Zhang and Yu Huang – from the CSL Plasma center in Luotian (in Hubei Province) agreed to volunteer in an area hard-hit by COVID-19. Well aware of the potential risks, the nurses stepped up to do all they could.
Jiali Fan, head nurse at the plasma center, described how she had to commute four hours from her home to the quarantine zone, passing through several checkpoints to certify that she was approved to enter.
“The only thing I wanted to do was help out as soon as possible,” said Fan. She said that though her family was worried about her, she wanted to do her part to help stop the pandemic.
Other CSL employees in China also stepped up to help out on the front lines. A larger group of employees gathered at the plasma center in Luotian, where they coordinated efforts to help distribute medical supplies and other necessary goods, including disinfectant, personal protective equipment and more than 500 tons of food.
Staff members at the plasma center volunteered to work as couriers, delivering food and medicines to residents of their community. They also served as cleaners to help maintain cleanliness and hygiene in their area.
All of the volunteers received high appreciation and recognition from community residents for their contributions.
“With the outbreak of COVID-19, we have dealt with challenges from all directions that we have not previously encountered,” said Eric Li, Director of Plasma Center Operations in China. “I am proud to have these volunteers from our plasma center, who are fully dedicated and committed to community work, at such critical time. It is a demonstration of their genuine understanding of CSL’s core values, and they have shown great commitment to protecting and supporting our patients, donors and people.”