One 20 May 2020 we hosted our first online event to launch our Back-A-Buddy campaign. This is the backstory.
In order for health professionals to do their job safely, it is essential that they have adequate PPE when they are in contact with sick COVID-19 patients. This is critical in the prevention of the transmission of COVID-19 and will protect these health care workers who will be working within community settings such as residential facilities, patient's own homes and old age facilities.
Established supply chains for protective gear (within hospitals & community health clinics) do not cover doctors or other health care workers who visit patients at home. Home-based care helps to protect valuable hospital beds and serves as follow up for discharged patients. It also allows for effective palliative care and protects patients from being separated from their families at times when they need them most.
In the event of this predicted surge, the health care systems will be under significant pressure. Hospitals are likely to be overwhelmed, with limited access to ICU beds in particular. Therefore, many patients will need care in their own homes. Patients GP’s, Community Health Care workers and teams of doctors from local hospitals are likely to be involved with this.
Securing adequate PPE will be a problem because of national shortages, supply chain interruptions, and escalating costs. Resourcing the necessary equipment is likely to be an overwhelming challenge during this large surge in illness. Masks for Medics has formulated a disaster management plan to ensure we are prepared with enough equipment and PPE before the spike.
Thank you to all those who joined our online event in crowdfunding to raise much needed funds to secure PPE for these healthcare workers.
24 March 2021
19:00 - 20:00
We're excited to announce our very first Live Q&A with Dr Lauren Lee and Itumeleng Malatsi happening next week Wednesday.
They'll be talking about the story behind why #MasksForMedics was started, mental health during the pandemic, how Dr Lauren Lee dealt with testing positive for #COVID19 and much more.
If you have any questions you'd like answered during the Q&A, pop them in the comments section.
1 November 2020
19:00 - 21:00
7:00 PM - Emotional Self Management with EmotionAid
7:45 PM - Meet Ethan Zohn, winner of Survivor Africa
8:30 PM - Gentle Yoga, stress release stretches
9 September 2020
19:30 - 20:45
What happens when an Infectious Disease specialist, a psychologist and a comedian walk into a (virtual) room?
Renowned humorist, Nik Rabinowitz will join Infectious Disease specialist Dr. Tabie Greyling and Clinical Psychologist Judith Ancer to reflect on the physical and mental toll that the COVID-19 Pandemic has taken on our lives, and look ahead to try understand what we can expect in the future... and in the process reveal some surprising perspectives on our pandemic predicament.
Nik Rabinowitz is a South African humorist, actor and author, well known to audiences locally and across the world for his stand up comedy, and numerous appearances on television, game shows and movies.
Dr. Tabie Greyling is a physician and Infectious disease specialist, currently in practice at Christiaan Barnard hospital with a special interest in HIV medicine, tropical diseases, immunodeficiency syndromes and wound care. He has been at the forefront of the local response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Judith Ancer is a Clinical Psychologist working with adults and children, and as a supervisor of other mental health providers. She is a popular speaker and experienced facilitator of workshops, and is currently working on a book on Mental Health in the workplace. She is one of a team who initiated The Healthcare Workers Care Network to support professionals during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
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