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Family doctors in Cape Town continue their 2020 crowdfund for PPE to donate to fellow medics, ensuring frontline workers don’t go without!


Cape Town, South Africa (04 February 2021)Masks for Medics was established in 2020 by a group of caring family doctors in Cape Town in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Borne out of the profound understanding that in order for individuals, families, and communities to be kept safe during the impending pandemic surge, it is imperative that healthcare workers on the front line are provided with the necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to feel secure and not under threat whilst they do the crucial work necessary to save lives.

Dr Anthony Smith, Dr Lauren Lee, Dr Sonia Hough, Dr Julie Etellin, Dr Sarahan Brophy, and Dr Natalia Novikova are the committed doctors who make up the Masks for Medics team. They aim to deliver these services to beneficiaries in the Cape Town CBD, the Cape Flats and in the many township communities. Having all served as doctors for 20 years and tended to patients from every demographic, these doctors understand the value that all people bring to their communities – from the youngest to the oldest.

The group were very aware that many Covid-19 cases would need treatment outside of the hospital environment.  This would mean doctors, nurses and caregivers would need sufficient PPE to do the job effectively.

Healthcare workers who tend to patients at home include nurses, care-givers, emergency responders, doctors, mental health workers, palliative care workers, and anyone who is caring for very sick COVID-19 patients in their own homes. For this, PPE and other medical monitoring equipment are required. The correct PPE ensures that healthcare workers don’t get infected, and also prevents them from infecting other healthy people. PPE includes gowns, masks, visors, gloves, and sanitisers. Monitoring equipment includes pulse oximeters and thermometers.

The Masks for Medics campaign set out to raise R500,000 in 2020 and it was a massive success! Now the doctors are hoping to reach R700,000.

They partnered with The Angel Network to be able to provide South African based donors with a Section18a Tax Certificate. If you would like to assist these doctors, you can donate to the cause here.

Sources: Masks for Medics
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