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(en) Poland, Poznan, rozbrat.org, coronavirus: EVERY FACE MASK FOR WEIGHT [machine translation]

Date Sun, 29 Mar 2020 09:26:13 +0300

Hospitals, clinics, and outpatient facilities have been underfunded by governments for years. When in January this year there was information about a new epidemic (announced by WHO for many years), the government did not make any moves to secure an adequate reserve of masks and coveralls. Stocks in wholesalers were bought out by "businessmen", who sold them up to 1000 times more expensive when the virus appeared in Europe. It is a price that is beyond the reach of homeless shelters or social welfare centers. ---- On March 14, when the coronavirus actually arrived in Poland, hospitals and aid centers were already reporting mask deficiencies. To patch up the hole and ensure safety for medical services and excluded people, we decided to sew them ourselves.

mask 2 gls

We began to organize as part of the "We take matters into our own hands" campaign. At this moment, from Wednesday (18.03) last week to Monday (23.03) we distributed 1,400 masks made socially; some non-woven, some cotton and we have added 4000 non-woven filters to the latter. We collect and sterilize ready masks under a hospital UV lamp so that they can be used immediately. Currently 50 sewing people plus a dozen or so in logistics are involved in the campaign. In the meantime, seeing increasing demand and subsequent requests, we also started production on Rozbracie. However, we do not produce as much as we would like because of insufficient space. We also manufacture disinfectant liquid.

mask 3 gls

The socially produced masks went to, among others, rescuers from Winograd, the hospital at Przybyszewskiego Street, the hospital in Sroda Wielkopolska, to the Homeless Center No. 1 or to the Nursing Home in Falmierów near Pila. We are currently preparing a batch of 700 pieces for homeless shelters in Poznan, for the Greater Poland Tenants' Association, for an ambulance organized by the Acceptance Foundation. Further needs are reported to us by other organizations, municipal institutions and medical services.

The action is gathering pace, other people are happy to help via e-mail support.wzajemna.poznan@gmail.com

Funds for materials are obtained through the collection of:

Be solid - sew with us!

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