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Here’s how Project SafeUp is championing Health Safety in Nigeria



Students of Orisunbare wearing the Project SafeUp masks in 2020

Many Nigerians can barely afford to feed themselves each day. Over 82 million Nigerians live on less than $1 a day. Add a pandemic to the mix and those millions of people can barely afford to protect themselves with masks and visors, or practice good hand washing hygiene.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has reported over 88,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country since February, and over 1, 200 deaths. Despite the increasing figures, many people still cannot afford the luxury of safety.

Research Lead Project SafeUp, Mr. Mayowa Odeyemi, distributing the face masks to the students during assembly

This is why the songs of glee that broke through the New Dawn Handicapped Home in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Friday, November 27, 2020, were humbling. Bulk packages of PPE had just been delivered to the home by Project SafeUp — a partnership between My World of Bags (MWOB), a bag design and manufacturing company, and the Mastercard Foundation — and the head caretaker could not find the appropriate words to express her gratitude. So, the students began singing and dancing. It was their little way of saying ‘thank you.’

A member of the Project SafeUp team handing over masks to the Principal of Methodist Secondary School Bodija, Ibadan

Across hospitals and schools in South-West Nigeria, there have been similar scenes of gratitude shown towards the Project SafeUp team.

The Principal of Bishop Philip Junior Academy, Ibadan, Oyo State, shared a tear-jerking story of students sharing and swapping masks because their parents could not afford to buy a single mask. “With this,” he said, “the students will be able to use clean masks and have an extra one when the need arises.”

A student at Ife City College, Osun State, wearing Project Safeup mask

The initiative intends to produce and distribute 2.5 million items of PPE across Lagos, Ondo, Osun, Ekiti, and Oyo state within the next three months. And with the country currently experiencing the second wave of the pandemic, the efforts of initiatives like Project SafeUp are certainly much needed.

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  1. by_stander

    January 6, 2021 at 1:44 pm

    Have they done their NIN?

    Because they are likely to be infected when they go to do their NIN. So this might be a complete waste of time, infact everything you are doing to protect yourself from Corona is likely to be rendered useless by NCC Boss and his stupid directive during a pandemic, exposing more than 100 million people to risk of infection.

    State Governments, NCDC and PTF can not be seriously watching while NIN centers are getting crowed as people are being forced by clowns to do biometric registration during a pandemic.

  2. Yusuf Muhammad Ata

    January 8, 2021 at 6:58 pm

    Indeed itel and Lagos food bank deserve a credit for their efforts during this covid-19 pandemic by providing food stuffs to Lagos communities.

  3. Yusuf Muhammad Ata

    January 8, 2021 at 7:04 pm

    Government should provide the masses with more personal protective equipment like face mask and create an awareness on practicing hand hygiene to prevent the spread of covid-19 among various communities.

  4. Yusuf Muhammad Ata

    January 8, 2021 at 7:11 pm

    Peak milk will continue to be the number one leading milk in Nigeria.

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