Uplifting communities

by tackling poverty and unemployment

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With every mask pack bought, another mask will be donated to a vulnerable community!

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About UbuntuCare

UbuntuCare is a public-private partnership born out of a need to attempt to address unemployment, poverty and starvation in South Africa, which has become a greater societal challenge during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To address the immediate need for quality masks and employment, UbuntuCare provides work opportunities for seamstresses by way of manufacturing non-medical, quality cloth facemasks to the public.

In addition, with the purchase of every pack of masks, a mask is donated to vulnerable communities to ensure that every South African, no matter their circumstance, is able to contribute to the containment of the epidemic.

Analysts predict that the wearing of masks will remain mandatory well into 2021, therefore the short-term goal of the initiative is to upskill and employ 400 seamstresses and other craftspeople by mid-2021.

Currently, unemployment is at an all-time high of 30%.

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As a result of the pandemic, where large parts of the economy were shut for months, the unemployment rate is predicted to soar to 50%. Source: Statistics South Africa

Why UbuntuCare masks?

UbuntuCare cloth masks (for children and adults) are manufactured according to international and national specifications for non-medical masks.

While safety and efficacy are of primary concern in the manufacture of the UbuntuCare mask, it also provides a comfortable fit, which reduces the need for constant adjusting.

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Although access to masks has increased, access to quality cloth masks as per the World Health Organisation (WHO) and government’s specifications, remains a significant challenge.

The UbuntuCare mask consists of:

Three layers:
The outer two layers being polycotton (polyester for droplet resistance, and cotton for breathability). These layers prevent minute droplets from entering the airways.

The middle layer:
A 50gsm non-woven polypropylene, which acts as a filter and provides approximately 70% droplet resistance.

Mask construction:
Allows for full coverage from the nose over the mouth to underneath the chin without creating gaping on the sides of the face or the chin. The design allows room within the mask over the nose and mouth for breathing and talking.

Designed to:
Tie behind the head, but can be easily modified by the wearer to tie behind the ears should that be a preference.

The mask is washable:
A full set of instructions is included in each pack containing two masks.

Beyond masks

UbuntuCare is intended to evolve into a more holistic initiative. Masks are the springboard for seeking out and marketing untapped talent and skills within impoverished communities.

Beaders, embroiderers, printers, fine metal workers, innovative produce growers and other entrepreneurs who all currently operate in isolation in vulnerable communities, will receive exposure to a mainstream market, that would help to convert their trade into sustainable and profitable enterprises.

Empowering disadvantaged communities toward economic and health development will not only facilitate their socio-economic improvement, but also improve the outlook of overall wellness for the next generation.

By tapping the potential of women and men through investing in awareness generation, capacity building and promoting access to market, UbuntuCare maximises community well-being.

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Allocation of funds

Mask orders are placed with The Health Foundation, a non-profit company (NPC) responsible for administering the funds generated by UbuntuCare, free of charge. The Health Foundation allocates 100% of the funds back into the project to ensure that all monies are used for the procurement of masks.

The funding works in two ways:

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UbuntuCare is supported by donors, such as USAID and the British High Commission (Project Last Mile), the Elgin Solidarity Fund, Western Cape Government: Department of Health and Department of the Premier.

New donor partners are encouraged to join UbuntuCare to strengthen the scalability and sustainability of the initiative. Long-term investment is essential to help it to grow and thrive.

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All donations are made to The Health Foundation and are used to fund masks which are distributed to vulnerable communities free of charge.

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Corporate and private purchases of
masks are also driven through The
Health Foundation. Incorporated in
the cost of sold masks is the cost of
an additional free mask.

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The Health Foundation allocates that extra income into the procurement of more masks, which are once again donated free to identified communities.

 

* Monetary donations towards mask
procurement, are eligible for a Section 18
certificate.

number bullet 1

UbuntuCare is supported by donors, such as USAID and the British High Commission (Project Last Mile), the Elgin Solidarity Fund, Western Cape Government: Department of Health and Department of the Premier.

women sewing

New donor partners are encouraged to join UbuntuCare to strengthen the scalability and sustainability of the initiative. Long-term investment is essential to help it to grow and thrive.

masks2

All donations are made to The Health Foundation and are used to fund masks which are distributed to vulnerable communities free of charge.

number bullet 2

Corporate and private purchases of
masks are also driven through The
Health Foundation. Incorporated in
the cost of sold masks is the cost of
an additional free mask.

group of people

The Health Foundation allocates that extra income into the procurement of more masks, which are once again donated free to identified communities.

* Monetary donations towards mask
procurement, are eligible for a Section 18 certificate.

number bullet 1

UbuntuCare is supported by donors, such
as USAID and the British High Commission
(Project Last Mile), the Elgin Solidarity Fund,
Western Cape Government: Department of
Health and Department of the Premier.

UbuntuCare is supported by donors, such as the Elgin Solidarity Fund, Western Cape Government: Department of The Premier and USAID (Project Last Mile).

women sewing

New donor partners are encouraged to join UbuntuCare to strengthen the scalability and sustainability of the initiative. Long-term investment is essential to help it to grow and thrive.

masks2

All donations are made to The Health Foundation and are used to fund masks which are distributed to vulnerable communities free of charge.

number bullet 2

Corporate and private purchases of
masks are also driven through The
Health Foundation. Incorporated in
the cost of sold masks is the cost of
an additional free mask.

group of people

The Health Foundation allocates that extra income into the procurement of more masks, which are once again donated free to identified communities.

* Monetary donations towards mask procurement, are eligible for a Section 18 certificate.

Distribution of masks to vulnerable communities

UbuntuCare masks are distributed through existing government networks, enabled to identify recipients most in need of masks.

UbuntuCare partners

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Coconut Jazz has been in the clothing industry since 1993 and manufactures sportswear, swimwear, underwear and outerwear. It is also one of a handful of manufacturers that made the decision early on never to source finished garments offshore – 100% of every garment the company has ever made has been manufactured in South Africa.

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Infection Control Africa Network (ICAN) exists to promote and facilitate the establishment of infection control programmes, achievement and maintenance of infection reduction, including healthcare associate infections, and promote antimicrobial stewardship activities through education by working with infection prevention structures in Africa and other International health related associations.

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The Health Foundation was initiated to find alternative models that will accelerate change within healthcare by responsibly channelling funds to priority projects. Supported by an Ernst & Young study, The Health Foundation was established in 2011 with the support of the Western Cape Department of Health. The Health Foundation is uniquely positioned to collaborate with the Department of Health to identify priorities, add value to existing initiatives and facilitate efficient delivery. While nurturing this positive synergy, The Health Foundation maintains its independence and accountability to its donors.

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WesternCape on Wellness is a multisectoral healthy lifestyles-promoting partnership programme of the Western Cape Government and its valued partners. The overarching purpose of WoW! is to co-create a culture of wellness to maximise individual and community well-being in the broadest sense. A central pillar is the co-creation of enabling environments for behaviour change and systems transformation. Through its underpinning participatory community building foundations, WoW! is an inclusive and community responsive social movement for change.

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