Global Mask Initiative - History and Current Initiatives
Updated: Jun 23, 2021
The Global Mask Initiative is driven by a single goal: Making high-filtration masks available to those in need, making the world a healthier place for all. Our decision-making process is informed by comprehensive, empirical studies, and high-quality data evaluation. The Initiative continually strives to build productive relationships between PPE manufacturers, governments, and NGOs around the world.
As the science has proved that one of the most efficient and cost effective ways to stop the spread of Covid-19 and other aerosolized viruses is the usage of high filtration masks. Our mission is to improve both education around and access to these life saving devices.
To do this GMI sources high filtration masks from regulated manufacturers around the world, making sure to independently verify the efficacy of their quality. GMI negotiates with PPE manufacturers to secure donations and/or the low cost masks, and partner with other non-profit, governments, and charity orgs to get the masks into the hands of those most in need.
What your contribution to the Global Mask Initiative does.
Money raised via the Global Mask Initiative’s fundraising efforts are for purchasing PPE, securing carriage for global shipping of PPE, and creating awareness campaigns around the value of high-filtration masks.
Beachhead Strategy - India
It was the devastating 2nd wave of Covid-19 in India that lead to the formation of the Global Mask Initiative. The crisis brought together a network of PPE manufactures, global health experts, and Indian based NGOs - with a shared mission to help stop the spread of the Delta variant throughout the region.
During this short time, GMI has committed over 1 million high filtration masks and mask braces for Indian relief. Working with 6 separate NGO's, 500K masks have already been delivered to India, another 250K are in transit and will arrive shortly, and another 250K is awaiting ocean shipment. Through a comprehensive vetting protocol, our experience with each NGO partner has been positive.
As we continue to deepen efforts in India, we are now expanding our focus globally. This Covid hotspot map published by the New York Times provides current insight into where outbreaks are spiking. GMI has firm commitments for several million more masks to be donated to our global efforts.