YEP and UNDP teamed up to collaborate and integrate support towards the local production of 95,000 facemasks by young entrepreneurs, returnees and TVET institutes as part of their joint response to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Mbolo Association is coordinating this initiative. From 27 July to 4th August, a total of 31,326 facemasks were distributed. A portion was directly handed over to different communities and institutions including the Kanifing and Banjul Municipal Councils for their market traders. In addition, 17,700 facemasks were delivered to the Ministry of Health to be distributed to several state entities and religious institutions, among others.

As part of the facemasks production, 8 returnees are currently being trained by Mbolo Association. The returnees receive training at their work stations, where they have also been provided products and equipment to maintain sanitary working conditions and contribute towards the health and safety of facemask beneficiaries. The returnees will be paid for the production of facemasks and can use the skills gathered from the training to further expand their business.

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