Former sex workers now making high quality reusable three-layer masks

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Smart Girls Uganda, a not for profit organization, in partnership with Tenge Collections an Afrocentric fashion design house and Hope Hub have distributed masks to vulnerable women in Nakasero Market in a bid to address Covid-19.

This was as part of the organizations’ project dubbed ‘Masks 4 All’, an initiative that seeks to avail masks at an affordable cost to the general public while donating to the most vulnerable women in markets, young people in slums, boarders, barracks and refugee centers at no cost.
Speaking during the second National Day of Prayer against Covid-19, at State House Entebbe on Saturday, president Museveni said lifting the ban on public transport will depend on how the public is responding to the use of masks.
Jamila Mayanja, the Smart Uganda Project Lead said they make ‘ ‘reusable three-layer masks’’

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The project began making masks in March 2020. It employs the youth and women among whom are former sex workers and survivors of Gender Based Violence that had been trained in tailoring before the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tenge Afrocentric Fashion House Founder and CEO Daniel Mickoh says that through this action, they are looking to scale up and make more protective gear and distribute them all over the country with a target of reaching one million people.
‘ ‘We are using the guidance of Uganda police and local leaders to help in the distribution. This process will also include awareness sessions using community radios and public media on how to use the masks and other safety measures when the lock down is lifted,” he added.

Alongside other recommended measures including mass testing and contact tracing, masks will play a vital role in ending lockdown, helping the economy return to normal and avoiding a second wave of the virus.

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