association h2n (h2n) is a mozambican non-governmental organization that offers innovative programs to expand community-based communication; works to disseminate effective messages for the promotion of public health; endeavors to promote gender equality; encourages youth engagement; facilitates civic participation; and supports early childhood development. h2n also works to improve health reporting in the media, promote inclusive media and aid the adoption and use of audiovisual tools and digital communication technologies.

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h2n aims to distribute 10,000 face masks to vendors in Maputo markets

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h2n aims to distribute 10,000 face masks to vendors in Maputo markets

While many people are being encouraged to stay at home to reduce the risk of being infected or infecting others, this is not an option that is open to workers in low-income jobs, such as market vendors, who have to work every day to feed their families. In the city markets, the vendors, who are predominantly women, often work in a crammed environment and interact with dozens of different customers in the course of a typical day. In one of several simultaneous coronavirus initiatives, h2n is therefore organizing the distribution of 10,000 face masks to vendors in Maputo markets. “We wanted to invest our resources where we could have the greatest impact,” says Enia Lipanga, h2n Program Officer for Advocacy, who is co-leading the masks for markets initiative together with two other social activists, Eva Trindade and Mirna Xitsungu. Enia’s team covers one market at a time, providing kits consisting of two masks, a bar of soap and a care leaflet to all vendors. “It is quite an operation in terms of both logistics and social mobilization,” explains Enia, who is overseeing the ongoing and rolling distribution, emphasizing the need to cover a whole market with masks to have the desired population level effect. “We want everyone who is in an exposed position to wear a mask – for themselves, their families and the people around them.” The masks are sourced from five different women-owned small businesses that produce them according to official specifications. h2n, which is primarily supported by Norway, works extensively with community radios, produces community videos, broadcasts the “Saude e Vida” television program on health and wellness, facilitates youth engagement hubs and pursues a rapidly expanding gender equality agenda

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