1AND1 is committed to making the best of modern health and wellness accessible to everyone. Yet, the reality for millions of women and children during the pandemic environment is one of fear and vulnerability. They do not have access to what they need. Pregnancy complications, domestic violence, and child marriage are on the rise even as supplies of contraceptives, menstrual hygiene products and access to caregivers become scarce. These realities have prompted us to help alleviate this dire situation for women and children around the world. To help this cause, we partnered with Friends of UNFPA to raise funds and awareness for their initiative. We are now offering reusable face masks for sale, and 100 percent of the profits will go directly to UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.
This organization ensures that women and girls around the world can live healthy and safe lives. The UNFPA has four primary areas of service: sexual & reproductive health, young people, human rights & gender equality, and population matters.
1AND1 Reusable Face Masks
Each ultra-soft reusable face mask includes the new 1AND1 box logo. You can wash and reuse these masks. They are made from a 50% cotton, 50% polyurethane blend. A soft elastic band allows you to comfortably fit the double-layered mask in place. You should wash your mask after every wear. However, this is not required.
Why You Should Be Wearing a Mask
Face masks are designed to prevent a person with COVID-19 from spreading the virus. This may lead a person to think that, because they don’t have the virus, they don’t need to wear a mask. However, recent research has revealed that a significant proportion of people who are positive for COVID-19 do not exhibit any symptoms of the virus and do not, therefore, know that they have it. This is termed as being asymptomatic. Other people who eventually develop symptoms (those who are pre-symptomatic) can spread the virus before they begin exhibiting symptoms).
These recent revelations make it clear that even people without symptoms can spread the virus when interacting with others in close proximity. As a result, the CDC has a number of safety tips, including wearing a reusable cloth face mask in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Examples of this may be when visiting a grocery store or pharmacy.
Health care workers and other medical first-responders use N-95 masks. Cloth masks, such as those being sold by 1AND1, are suitable for healthy people who want to do their part by not spreading the disease to others. They’re also washable and reusable.
In addition to wearing masks, the CDC recommends social distancing with a minimum of six feet between individuals.
About The UNFPA
The UNFPA is the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency. Its mission is to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe, and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.
The Friends of the UNFPA promotes the health, dignity, and the rights of women and girls around the world by supporting the work of the UNFPA. They do this through education, advocacy, and fundraising. At 1AND1, we are proud of our partnership with Friends of the UNFPA, as it provides us with the opportunity to help make a difference and stand up to the coronavirus pandemic on a global scale.
Our hope is that by increasing awareness about women’s health and supporting the UNFPA financially through ongoing collaborative measures such as our face mask promotion, we can help to create a meaningful change in society. Your mask will promote the health and dignity of women and girls everywhere by helping UNFPA provide:
- Personal protective equipment to frontline healthcare workers, 70 percent of whom are women
- Prenatal and safe delivery care, even during crises
- Family planning, so women can continue to decide if, when, and with whom to have children
- Prevention and protection services for child brides and survivors of female genital mutilation, who are more at risk during this time
- Medical treatment, psychosocial care, and legal counseling for survivors of gender-based violence, which is skyrocketing under stay-at-home orders
How Your Reusable Face Mask Purchase Can Make a Difference
The funds from each face mask purchase will help women and children around the world. Here is what a single mask purchase can achieve:
- 10 women protected from unintended pregnancy
- 3 healthy new moms
- 3 women protected from sexually transmitted diseases
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for a frontline healthcare worker
- Menstrual hygiene products for women and girls who cannot acquire them due to global shortages during COVID-19
- Support for survivors of domestic violence
- Fewer child brides
Purchasing a 1AND1 Face mask provides you with a perfect opportunity to protect those in your community while also having a meaningful share in bringing relief to women and children all around the globe. You can purchase your mask here.