The Nepal Mask Campaign began with the slogan 'Let's wear masks, let's save each other's lives' amid an opening ceremony held at Duipokhari, Madhyapur Thimi on August 16, Monday.
The program began with the welcome remarks by Kumar Shrestha, Chairperson of Ward-4. Madan Sundar Shrestha, Mayor of Madhyapur Thimi Municipality was the chairperson for the event where Chiribabu Maharjan, Mayor of Lalitpur Metropolitan City was the chief guest of the event.
Moreover, Roshan Raj Shrestha, Deputy Director of Bills and Melinda Gates Foundation; Preety Adhikari from Yale University; Bhawana Sharma, Executive Director of Environment and Public Health Organization; Dhiraj Pradhananga, President of The Small Earth Nepal among others were the guests for the event.
The Nepal Mask Campaign is a pilot program against COVID-19 infection by the COVID-19 Rapid Action Taskforce (C-19 RAT) which is supported by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) under the leadership of Municipal Association of Nepal, Kathmandu Valley Mayor’s Forum and National Association of Rural Municipalities of Nepal among others.
C-19 RAT is a consortium of socially active organizations committed to address the issues and challenges arising from COVID-19. The coalition is adopting the Mask-Wearing campaign under the guidance of Yale University, Stanford Medicine, and Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and many global entities. The Nepal Mask Campaign is slated to launch this August. The NORM Mask campaigns have already been successfully launched in Bangladesh, Pakistan, India and Latin America.
The Nepal Mask Campaign has been launched through a blanket approach in the selected areas. C-19 RAT consortium members will plan for the continuation of the Nepal Mask Campaign after quick analysis of results as further support is received. The next destinations for the campaign launch are Melamchi and Sunsari.