The Nepal Mask Campaign with the slogan 'Let's wear masks, let's save each other's lives' continued in Sunsari. C-19 Rapid Action Taskforce( C19 RAT) working team in coordination with Koshi Gaupalika began the campaign from August 20 till August 25, 2021.
A total of 13 women volunteers from Ward no.1 of Sunsari were trained about the use of masks and the importance of wearing masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Nepal. C19 RAT volunteers worked in nine different areas of Ward no 1. They distributed masks and educated the mass about the importance of wearing masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
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 the 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 addressing 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 a quick analysis of results as further support is received.
Meanwhile, a total of 10 volunteers from C-19 RAT were posted at the location. Along with the local volunteers they distributed masks in 1139 households and educated the people in the locality about the importance of wearing masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.