The Masked Hero Campaign is aimed at limiting community transmission of the COVID-19 virus, which is crucial in flattening the curve and enabling health services to cope. As the epidemic unfolds, protection of frontline Community Care Workers (CCWs) is critical in preventing them from becoming both victims and vectors of infection. CCWs include community health workers, social workers and social auxiliary workers, emergency services personnel, child and youth care workers, as well as food and relief workers.
Coordinated by the DG Murray Trust (DGMT) in partnership with REDISA and the Centre for Learning on Evaluation and Results at the University of the Witwatersrand, the campaign is providing personal protective equipment, psychosocial support, and information to tens of thousands of community care workers across the country. This effort is in response to a bottom-up demand, and complements the distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE) to health facilities. Distribution is via 300 NGOs across the country who are working with local health and social services, other community-based organisations and groups involved in home-based relief efforts to ensure that CCWs are protected.
Funding has been provided by The Solidarity Fund, The ELMA South Africa Foundation, the Coca-Cola South Africa System, made up of the Coca-Cola SA Franchise and their bottling partners Coca-Cola Beverages SA (CCBSA) and Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages (CCPB), The Johnson and Johnson Foundation, The Entertainment Industry Foundation, The Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project and The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.
For more information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To report an issue, such as misuse of resources, send an email to email@example.com.
For professionals offering counselling services, or community care workers looking to be connected with others for group support, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support for Community Care Workers on the go!
Dial *134*38847# or WhatsApp “hi” to 060 011 9999 to get information, tips, ideas and support on the go.
Dear community care hero, I am in awe of how brave you are. Especially if you have children at home. To me the scariest thing about this epidemic is the possibility that I might leave my children behind without a mother. If you are facing this fear, but still putting yourself at risk for others, thank you for showing us what humanity can aspire to be. With thanks and love.