Amidst the shortages of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) needed for COVID-19 response, solidarity-based initiatives have been popping up around the world. Seeing an opportunity to play their part, Netherlands-based brothers Omar and Rachid Kbiri, together with Dunya Ressang, started working together on an initiative in March 2020. They developed a digital platform to channelize PPE donations to institutions in need. In partnership with the Netherlands Red Cross, in just a few weeks, mondkapjesnodig.nl distributed more than 50.000 face masks around the country.
What started as an organized response to address local PPE shortages in The Netherlands, quickly turned into a global reach initiative. Backed up by tech giant Amazon, in April 2020, mondkapjesnodig.nl became PPE Needed. With new partners on board, the initiative extended its reach to Europe and North America. However, with the coronavirus outbreak spreading to new territories and affected countries fearing the second wave of infections, the platform needs to be shared with healthcare workers worldwide.
PPE Needed requires funding to make platform improvements and reach all regions in need in the world. A fund-raising campaign has been recently launched. Please help us keep the frontliners safe and fight this global PPE shortage.
Head on to Go Fund Me and make a contribution to help us in our initiatives.