COVID-19: Govt launches ‘Mask forAll’ campaign

By Nicole Kamanzi M.
On 4 September 2020 at 06:22

Rwanda, on Thursday, launched a "Mask for all" campaign with a purpose of raising about four million masks in two weeks and distributed them to the needy that are unable to buy them across the country.

The masks are to be donated by individuals, government agencies, the private sector, embassies and international organizations among others. They will be given to vulnerable people, who are unable to afford them.

The organizers of the campaign say the idea is to close the gap in the fight against the spread of Coronavirus by encouraging the wearing of masks, for there are those who are unable to wear them due to their inability to afford them.

“We call on everyone, every company to take part in this campaign and I hope that we can work together to fight Coronavirus by helping those who can’t afford to buy masks,” said Emmanuel Habineza, the representative of the masks’ makers.

The Deputy Director of Rwanda Development Board (RDB), Zephanie Niyonkuru, when launching the campaign, commended the private sector for their role in reducing the way the country imported everything from scratch, and now they have come up with the idea of getting everyone a mask.

"I’d like to thank the members of the @PSF_Rwanda that have been working in order to ensure that we have enough supply of masks and that effort now is being put into ensuring everyone has access to masks." Said Niyonkuru.

"Back in March, we were talking about production of less than 30,000 masks in the entire country. As we speak now, members of the private sector have manufactured more than 10 million masks and we are now devising several measures in ensuring everyone gets masks."

Niyonkuru personally donated 200 bags and promised that RDB would support the initiative.

MTN Rwanda donated 10,000 masks; Bank of Kigali (BK) donated 30,000 masks.

The German Embassy in Rwanda donated 34,000, and the CEO of I&M Bank Rwanda Plc, Robin Bairstow, donated 500 masks.

Niyonkuru personally donated 200 bags and promised that RDB would support the initiative.