SHOUT4MASKS is raising money to buy protective masks to supply to hospitals and healthcare workers on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Western Cape, South Africa (12 July 2020) – SHOUT4MASKS continues to gain momentum with ongoing donation from the public and corporate South Africa enabling this new public service initiative to undertake its second delivery.
This time, 56 000 KN95 and 3-ply surgical masks were delivered to hospitals in the Western Cape where the COVID-19 pandemic remains an urgent public health challenge.
The SHOUT4MASKS donation has been delivered to Groote Schuur Hospital, Tygerberg Hospital, Mitchells Plain Hospital, Khayelitsha District Hospital and the Red Cross Children’s Hospital. Feedback from hospitals has been very positive.
“Thank you for this extraordinary, generous donation from Shout4masks. As the epidemic progresses, increasing numbers of healthcare workers are becoming infected – this donation of KN95 and surgical masks will help to provide protection for our health care workers in the frontline, at this critical time.”Prof Heather Zar – Chair, Department of Paediatrics & Child Health, Director MRC Unit on Child & Adolescent Health, Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, University of Cape Town.
“On behalf of Groote Schuur Hospital, I was delighted to accept the donation of masks for healthcare workers from the SHOUT4MASKS Foundation. This important act of generosity at a time of great need will go a long way in protecting the health of those in the front line,” said Professor Ntobeko Ntusi, Cardiologist and Professor of Medicine, Chair and Head: Department of Medicine, Principal Investigator: Hatter Institute for Cardiovascular Research in Africa, Principal Investigator: Cape Universities Body Imaging Centre, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital
Speaking during the handover, Cape Town-based comedian, actor and SHOUT4MASKS ambassador Nik Rabinowitz said, “I’m honoured to have been invited to be the face of this #SHOUT4MASKS handover to Prof Ntobeko Ntusi, Head and Chair of Medicine at UCT. Massive acknowledgement to SHOUT for making this happen, and the Groote Schuur heroes that have treated more COVID patients than any other hospital in Africa (in excess of 1,000 since mid-March 2020). The shipment arrived at a critical time. With 11 COVID wards in operation and ICUs at maximum capacity, these masks are nothing short of life-saving. Thank you SHOUT for stepping up and making a massive difference where it matters most.”
Commented Kabelo Mabalane, co-founder of SHOUT SA, “We have heard first-hand that some of the hospitals are already running low on PPE and this is causing a considerable amount of stress as well as safety concerns for our healthcare workers.”
“We continue to be grateful to the South African public and business sector. All donations, big and small, play an important part in our ability to support the National Department of Health’s efforts in dealing with COVID-19 and to play our part in helping to protect our crucial health workers,” said SHOUT co-founder Danny K.
“We’d like to thank everyone who has supported and contributed to SHOUT4MASKS so far – and call on those who are able to, to make a donation in support of our healthcare workers at the frontline of this pandemic,” added Mabalane.
SHOUT4MASKS was launched in April as an emergency shout-out to get surgical and KN95 masks to healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The first delivery of 60 000 KN95 and surgical masks took place in May. This was to supplement shortages at Charlotte Maxeke, Johannesburg Academic Hospital, Helen Joseph Hospital, Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital and Sebokeng Hospital, among others.
SHOUT4MASKS is an initiative of the SHOUT Foundation, a Section 18A trust. All donations will receive a tax deduction certificate and a special commemorative certificate of recognition to honour these invaluable contributions.
Help SHOUT SA buy safe, proper masks for our frontline heroes by donating to the SHOUT4MASKS initiative via the www.shout4masks.co.za website and the SHOUT4MASKS Backabuddy page: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/champion/project/shout-4-masks