Masks for Medics is a disaster management Non Profit Company founded by a group of frontline family doctors in Cape Town, South Africa.

In early 2020, as Italy's hospitals and healthcare workers were overwhelmed by sick COVID-19 patients, a group of 5 family doctors collaborated on ideas to try protect their communities from this impending tsunami! There was news of the heroic efforts of doctors and nurses overseas, and the many professionals who fell ill themselves. Who will look after the sick when their doctors are ill? It is in response to this very question, that the Masks for Medics campaign was born.

Our aim is to fundraise and donate medical grade personal protective equipment (PPE) to all levels of community healthcare workers in order to keep themselves and others safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. We also aim to educate these Healthcare workers in the safe use & disposal of PPE.

In addition, we provide healthcare workers with medical monitoring equipment such as pulse oximeters and thermometers. All enabling the safe & effective treatment of patients outside the hospital setting.

Compounding the strain the pandemic has placed on the medical system is the gross inequality across the South African socioeconomic terrain. Many healthcare workers we assist experience limited resources and overcrowded living conditions making them profoundly vulnerable.

Here is where Masks for Medics steps in. Caring for the carers.

We provide medical grade PPE and essential monitoring equipment to healthcare workers outside of the hospital setting. This includes:

  • Gloves
  • Gowns
  • Masks
  • Pulse oximeters
  • Hand sanitisers
  • Foot pedal sanitiser stands
  • Thermometers
  • Visors

 

Join us in our campaign to Care for the Carers - keep them safe with medical grade PPE

 

WHY WE HELP

The global COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to the need for communities to come together and help each other. Masks For Medics was born of this - to alleviate the additional strain for securing PPE to non hospital based healthcare and frontline workers who still needed to tend to their patients and communities.

Our mandate is Caring for the Carers which allows for their continued efforts to keep the sick, the elderly, children and others safe with the medical grade equipment we secure. Simultaneously, keeping them safe.

We provide medical grade PPE and essential monitoring equipment to healthcare workers outside of the hospital setting. This includes:

  • Gloves
  • Gowns
  • Masks
  • Pulse oximeters
  • Hand sanitisers
  • Foot pedal sanitiser stands
  • Thermometers
  • Visors

WHY WE HELP

The global COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to the need for communities to come together and help each other. Masks For Medics was born out of this - to alleviate the additional strain for securing PPE to non hospital based healthcare and frontline workers who still needed to tend to their patients and communities.

Our mandate is Caring for the Carers which allows for their continued efforts to keep the sick, the elderly, children and others safe with the medical grade equipment we secure.

WHO WE HELP

We help all levels of healthcare and frontline workers treating patients in the non hospital setting. This includes:

  • Family doctors
  • Nurses in elderly homes
  • Homeless shelter staff
  • Carers
  • Physiotherapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Psychologists
  • ER and ambulance personnel
  • Palliative care practitioners
  • Feeding schemes cooks and staff
  • Undertakers
  • Teachers in ECD's

Meet the Team

Dr Julie Etellin - MBChB (UCT)

"What I love about being a GP is the privilege of sharing many experiences over the years with patients and their families."

Dr Julie Etellin is a family GP who has worked on the Atlantic Seaboard since 2001. She was inspired to become a GP by her father who was also a GP in Knysna. After graduating from UCT, she travelled to the UK and completed various 6 month posts in psychiatry, paediatrics, emergency and general medicine. She returned to SA to start her career in general practice.

She has always felt passionate about a holistic approach to patients and illness management which led to her completing two modules in Integrative Medicine through The University of Stellenbosch. Dr Etellin has since been studying further in the field of Functional Medicine which focuses on investigating the root cause of health problems, thus allowing her to manage each patient as an individual with a unique set of circumstances.

Dr Lauren Lee - MBChB (UCT), DCH (SA)

"I believe every individual can be supported to achieve their best potential and I will do my utmost to actualise this."

Dr Lauren Lee is a family GP with a special interest in child & family health as well as postpartum mental health; however she treats all patients of all ages. After completing her medical degree at UCT, she gained invaluable experience at Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto. This was followed by a year working at a small rural hospital on the north coast of KwaZulu Natal, where she developed a passion for working within the family framework and completed her Diploma in Child Health.

She then followed the mass exodus to London, working in general medicine at The Devon and Exeter Hospital and in paediatrics at The Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. However, her South African blood proved too strong and she returned home to spend 3 dynamic years at The Red Cross Children’s hospital in Cape Town. In 2006, Dr Lee founded The Health Team with the intention of creating a community of like-minded practitioners that can offer advice on all health-related matters in a warm, nurturing and healing environment. Her consultations often include elements of Health Coaching as a tool to support patients in achieving their optimal wellbeing.

Dr Sonia Hough - MBChB (Stell), DipEC (SA)

"I have grown to love the Cape Town community and their belief in family based medicine; that's why I aim to empower my patients by making them part of the decision making process."

Dr Sonia Hough is a general medical practitioner who has her own practice in Mouille Point. She completed her medical studies through Stellenbosch University already showing a great interest in community health and family medicine. Her internship was completed through the Free State Health Complex in Bloemfontein. For her one year community service, she came back to Cape Town where she worked in the emergency units at New Somerset Hospital and Delft Day Hospital.

In 2014, Dr Hough ventured further into Emergency Medicine and worked as a medical officer in numerous private hospitals in Cape Town and it was during this time she successfully completed a diploma in Emergency Medicine through colleges of South Africa. She also accepted the role of Principal Clinical Manager and Unit Manager at the emergency unit at Cape Town Mediclinic. In 2017, she joined The Health Team and started her own GP practice.