April 2

From Masks to Meal Boxes, Businesses Step in to Help Medics Battling Coronavirus

By Beh Lih Yi, Ban Barkawi, Sophie Davies

As the coronavirus epidemic stretches health services around the world to the limit, businesses for good are stepping in, providing everything from protective masks to meal boxes for frontline staff.

The World Health Organization has warned that medical workers are “dangerously ill-equipped” to fight the deadly virus, a message underscored by images on social media of desperate staff with only garbage bags for protection.

In response to the crisis, businesses with a social conscience have been scrambling to help, from the Spanish shoemakers producing facemasks to the Malaysian social enterprise hiring refugees to make meals for hospital staff.

Photo courtesy of Keoni Cabral.

Source: Reuters (link opens in a new window)

Coronavirus, Health Care
public health, social enterprise