Our COVID-19 Response
Having to pause our programs but living in a very vulnerable country to COVID-19, we couldn’t just wait. Our country, Malawi of 18 Million people has 25 ICU beds and 17 ventilators, and can only test up to 20 people a day. As a community, we had to step up in our own way.
We followed a University of Cambridge research study on cloth material effective in blocking COVID, then with CDC & WHO recommendations, we are making non-medical but effective protective face masks.
With 73% less filtration compared to the 90% less filtration of the surgical mask, and the 6.5/10 breathability score compared to the 5/10 breathability of the surgical mask, our masks are made in a safe and distanced space by Tiwale community graduates from our sewing workshops.
The masks are donated to essential workers and offices in Malawi, and sold to the public to support our programs, our community members, and further the production.
We have also recently learned how to make reusable sanitary pads, which will be distributed together with masks and food to vulnerable folks around Lilongwe, Malawi.
Times are uncertain but what’s certain, is our capacity to resilience, if come together, and rise us a community.
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