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A Plea For PPE

A Plea For PPE

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We have an emergency situation on our hands and this is a plea for disaster relief.

Every crisis has its heroes, every disaster its displays of selflessness and sacrifice. Firefighters race into burning buildings. Police officers place themselves in the line of fire. Soldiers march into war.

And now, amid the coronavirus pandemic, our health-care workers, doctors, nurses, EMTs and support staff who risk becoming infected themselves, who risk infecting their own families, are making extraordinary sacrifices to care for the rest of us. Across the world, frontline medical staff are clamouring for face masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE). In Europe and the United States, shortages are so acute that health workers have taken to social media to appeal for help under the hashtag #GetMePPE.

Their stories; the nurses who have resorted to wearing garbage bags as protective gear, the doctors banished to the basement for fear of infecting their spouses and children; are at once maddening, heartbreaking and inspiring. Locally healtcare professionals have pleaded with the Government to urgently boost the number of personal protective equipment (PPE) to the hospital frontlines, as the battle to contain the coronavirus intensifies.

Shortages of masks, face shields and other personal protective equipment are putting our health-care workers at greater risk than is necessary. The desperate need for appropriate protective gear has led some to remind people of another limited and vital resource: healthcare workers themselves. South African hospitals, outside of the COVID-19 pandemic, is already short-staffed and therefore it is of vital importance to keep our frontline workers safe. To protect those who protect us.

This is the health-care workers’ version of running into a burning building. It is what they do; what THEY do for US.

The inevitable risk borne by medical workers in the process of caring for patients with contagious diseases has been historically most apparent in epidemics, during which physicians have selflessly treated patients known to have dangerous, communicable infections.

We cannot expect medical heroism and exemplary service from healthcare workers while we remain on the receiving end. We cannot ask physicians to assume risks to their health unless we do all we can to reduce the risk. Physicians should have access to gowns, gloves, and other necessary personal protective equipment.

It is our duty and our oath to them, the doctors and nurses who are prepared to “stay at their stations” to assist them in an exemplary fashion with the supply of PPE during the COVID-19 pandemic.  


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This is a dynamic process. In many South African Hospitals equipment is already short and this shortage will inevitably increase as the demand for PPE does.

The Department of Health and Provincial Governments and hospitals have identified referral facilities where most patients under investigation or patients with confirmed COVID-19 will initially be transferred to. Their needs, as well as the needs of the facilities where initial contact with these patients occur, will have to be met in order for healthcare workers to safely do their duties.

This information is sourced from associations at national and local level, and directly from pleading facilities.

A Plea for PPE is a non-profit fundraising and distribution initiative hosted by FBT Foundation NPC ((Reg No: 2016 / 501152/08)).

Donations

  • Jun 05, 2020 - USD $ 31.23
  • "Best wishes to all front line staff and carers" - Anonymous

  • May 29, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "

    My son works in public hospital. Thank you all. Salute.

    " - Stephanie

  • May 07, 2020 - R 3 050.00
  • "Paying it forward! Thank you for supporting our medical personnel." - Hartlam Textiles & Prints

  • Apr 18, 2020 - USD $ 11.26
  • "Thanks to frontline medical staff!" - Bonita Alice

  • Apr 18, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "All the best " - Yu-ting

  • Apr 18, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Thank you to all our Health & Essential workers... Sabrina, Kevin, Martine, Potjie, Brendan, David, Jintee... " - Sietse Walma van der Molen

  • Apr 17, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Stay safe , thank you for tour service #healthheroes" - Jo

  • Apr 14, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "

    Sisonke

    " - AbongileBani

  • Apr 11, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "My daughter is a medic - you are all heroes!" - Janine Erasmus

  • Apr 10, 2020 - USD $ 98.20
  • "Thank you for being so courageous! You are the true heroes. xx" - Marleen

  • Apr 09, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "A Thank you just isn’t enough! " - Shirley Ogden

  • Apr 09, 2020 - R 1 050.00
  • "Good luck to our heroes!" - Jess Hichens

  • Apr 09, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Every bit helps!" - Anoniem

  • Apr 09, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Grateful to all our Healthcare staff! " - Anonymous

  • Apr 09, 2020 - R 52.50
  • "Thank you" - Gabrielle

  • Apr 09, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Keep our hero’s safe!" - Frikkie Gous

  • Apr 09, 2020 - USD $ 11.61
  • "#SouthAfricaUnite #StrongerTogether" - Lindie

  • Apr 08, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Thank you for your hard work and dedication" - Anonymous

  • Apr 08, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Stay safe " - Anonymous

  • Apr 08, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Thank you for your service " - Anonymous

  • Apr 08, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "All I can say is thank you nothing more than a big thank you" - Chris-Mari Alexander

  • Apr 08, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "May God bless you all " - Anonymous

  • Apr 07, 2020 - R 220.50
  • "Thank you for being so incredibly brave and showing unfathomable strength " - Lise-Jo Snyman

  • Apr 07, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Thank you for being brave. " - Anoniem

  • Apr 07, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "God bless you all." - Anonymous

  • Apr 07, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Thank you for being selfless." - Anonymous

  • Apr 07, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Thank you for all your hard work. " - Dhi

  • Apr 07, 2020 - R 2 000.00
  • "

    You deserve our support

    " - George

  • Apr 05, 2020 - R 2 100.00
  • "Goeie werk Nats... Ons sal maar volgende jaar Yacht Week :)" - Wiehan

  • Apr 05, 2020 - USD $ 56.15
  • "Thank you for your sacrifices " - Scott Hughes

  • Apr 05, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Thank you for helping with this necessity " - Janet

  • Apr 05, 2020 - USD $ 11.23
  • "Bless " - Nan

  • Apr 05, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Please leave PPE for our hero’s on the front line fighting COVID19. Thank you for your sacrifice ️" - Tracy Minnie

  • Apr 04, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "#StrongerTogether" - Armandt

  • Apr 04, 2020 - R 2 625.00
  • "Great cause. Well done " - Anonymous

  • Apr 04, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "#strongertogetherapart" - Christine

  • Apr 03, 2020 - USD $ 57.02
  • "Thank you for your sacrifices! " - Charlene Hughes

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Donations to date

R 25 193.35

Fundraising target

R 2 000 000.00
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