It was the beginning of March and chaos had started over a new disease that had entered the country- Covid-19. As an organisation, we wanted to just protect our teams against the virus so we started taking various measures like holding a session on Covid to inform teams, re-enforcing good hygiene practices though we were already practicing those since we are part of the hygiene industry. Suddenly, we started getting calls from many people asking us to produce masks as Corona virus was taking a foothold nationwide.
Demand for masks is high but the supply is limited. Government of India has calculated that India will require 27 million N95 respirators and 15 million PPEs in next two months for frontline workers. Frontline health workers and caregivers have a lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to protect themselves from getting infected.
What is the role of Saral Designs here and how can you help?
As a country, we have never planned for needing millions of PPE at the same time. At Saral, we have re-engineered our sanitary napkin machine to manufacture 3ply surgical masks with facility or production unit support from Mahindra Group. We are able to produce upto 30,000 masks per day and plan to produce 7.5 Lac in a month. These masks use tested material and are UV treated before shipping to kill any residual germs. One of our very first beneficiaries are the policemen stationed at Turbhe police station, Medicity, Kharghar and DY Patil hospital in Navi Mumbai.
One of our beneficiaries of the donation is also going to be Govt Taluka HeadQuarters Hospital in Cherthala, Kerala. This hospital holds a special place in the Indian history for the fight against covid as it was the very first hospital to take in the suspected Covid-19 case which later turned out to be positive.
100% proceeds from the fundraising are committed to production and supply of the surgical masks.
About Saral Designs:
Saral Designs is an international award winner in pioneering decentralized manufacturing for low-cost sanitary pads. It is a 5-yr old company, founded by IIT-Madras and IIT-Bombay alumni. We have supplied our machines to multiple African nations, Bhutan and 20+ locations in India. We have received prestigious awards by the Government of India, state governments and reputed international forums. Our beneficiaries have been 200,000+ women and girls who are using our menstrual products. Now, we have joined the fight against Covid to help India conquer.
Ongoing List of Beneficiaries
- Turbhe Police Station, Navi Mumbai, MH(1000 delivered)
- Medicity Police Station, Navi Mumbai, MH (1000 delivered)
- DY Patil Hospital, MH (10,000 delivered)
- Kochi Police HQ, Kerala (10,000 Requested)
- Alappuzha Police HQ, Kerala (30,000 Requested)
- Govt Taluka HQ Hospital in Cherthala, Kerala (2000 requested)
- Swastha Clinics, Mumbai, MH (low-income area clinics) (10,000 requested)