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Together, we create opportunities for unemployed carers and people with disabilities to work, earn an income and develop new skills. Primarily, this is through making high-quality, reusable face masks which are then distributed to local healthcare workers (known as ASHAs).
We have successfully completed two projects in the Chamarajanagar and Koppala districts of Southern India, with the invaluable assistance of local NGOs Margadarshi and SAMUHA’s SAMARTHYA, respectively.
Our top priority in India has been to create opportunities for unemployed carers and people with disabilities to work, earn an income and develop new skills with the aim of improving their quality of life. Primarily, this has been through making high-quality reusable face masks which are then distributed to local healthcare workers (known as ASHAs).
As outlined in this short video, the masks are made from breathable cotton, elastic and thread procured locally and checked by a supervisor. Because of everyone involved, the local health workers in these communities have greater protection against the virus, and each individual that completed a week of work earned enough money (2,500 INR, approximately £30) to meet their immediate needs for a month.
The finished face masks have been distributed to local healthcare workers (known as ASHAs), healthcare centres and the district hospital in the Karnataka state. Through all of the people reached during this time, the front-line health workers have been able to raise awareness of COVID-19 to more than 260,000 people throughout the country. This has played a crucial role in reducing the spread of infection and has helped to alleviate much of the stress and anxiety among carers about transmitting the virus.
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