OPSI COVID-19 Innovative Response Tracker

Brussels citizens and social economy actors produce 100.00 protection masks for non medical workers

Innovative response

The Brussels-Capital Region, together with a number of civil society organisations and (social economy) enterprises, launched a participatory initiative aiming to produce at least 100 000 protection masks for nursing personnel/caregivers. The work integration enterprise Travie ensures the pre-cutting of tissue which will then be delivered by bike through the platform cooperative Urbike to volunteers who will then sew the masks. Next to many citizens, a number of other organisations and enterprises support the initiatives.

Specific issues addressed and anticipated impact

To propose a response to the failure of globalized value chains generally and specifically, to respond to the lack of protection masks.

Organisations/institutions involved

the Government of the Brussels Capital Region, social innovation organisations (Urbike and Travie), volunteering citizens

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Level(s) of government:
  • Regional/State government
  • Local government

Issues being addressed:

  • Health and safety of responders