Vietnamese-American NGO Mask Producer Donates Masks To Hospitals In Beirut”

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam—19 August 2020

Vietnam helmet maker Protec (Vietnam Safety Products & Equipment Company) who recently added Covid-19 mask production for humanitarian assistance, have donated 10,000 medical masks and gloves to Abou Jaoude Hospital in Beirut, after the recent deadly explosion of Ammonium Nitrate.

Hard hit hospitals in Beirut are suffering from medical supply shortages, especially basics such as masks, protective gowns, hats, booties and gloves.

The explosion and after effects of Ammonium Nitrate is extremely dangerous because of the chemical effects on lungs and respiratory systems, seriously affecting infants and children. Latest figures report 6000 injured, many critically, and more than 300,000 homeless, vulnerable to chemical after-affects from living outdoors.

Ammonium Nitrate inhalation causes high concentrations of chemical dust that can cause respiratory tract irritation. Symptoms include coughing, sore throat, breathing difficulty, even suffocation. In high concentrations, ammonium nitrate can cause headache, dizziness, abdominal pain, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, weakness, psychological complications, heart and circulation irregularities, convulsions, and collapse.

Ammonium Nitrate also forms an acid when mixed with water, which can cause irritation to the eyes, nose, and skin. This will be an ongoing serious public health crisis for the people and children of Beirut, which masks can help mitigate.

Protec, and owner AIP Foundation, along with partner FIA Foundation from the UK are appealing for support and contributions of masks and gloves at other hospitals in Beirut. “We are grateful for assistance from the Government of Vietnam, the Embassy of Lebanon and even private Vietnamese citizens for their support”, says AIP Foundation President Greig Craft. “This is no time for politics, religion nor race. Support and assistance is urgently needed”, Craft added.

About AIP Foundation

AIP Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing road injuries and fatalities in low and middle-income countries. For more than 20 years, AIP Foundation has been delivering effective road safety programs in locations across Asia and Africa. To find out more, visit www.aip-foundation.org or connect with us on Twitter @AIPFoundation.


For media contact
Zody Huynh, Communications Coordinator
AIP Foundation
74 Mac Dinh Chi Street, Da Kao Ward, District 1, 70000, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Tel: (84-28) 6299 1409, ext. 128
Email: zody.huynh@aipf-vietnam.org