The South African Zionist Federation (SAZF) has brought Israeli technology into South Africa to assist with the Covid-19 pandemic. The SAZF has partnered with Israeli startup Sonovia Tech to donate cutting-edge medical-masks to Hatzolah Medical Rescue. This will support Hatzolah’s critical life-saving work on the frontlines.

SonaMasks are coated with Zinc Oxide to ensure antimicrobial protection. They are  dual-layered with an adjustable fitting, and the anti-pathogen fabric provides particle filtration efficiency above 98% of 5 microns diameter, and prevents 99.99% of bacteria (including antibiotic-resistant bacteria) from passing through. The durable protection that these masks ensure is suitable for medical workers including those fighting Covid-19. The SonoMask is reusable, unlike many other medical masks, and has a washable fabric that lasts for up to a year. This reduces the need to continuously replace medical masks for frontline medical workers.

Michael Sieff, National Executive Director at SAZF officially handed over these masks to Hatzolah Operations Director, Bernard Segal on Tuesday, 5 May 2020. The masks were welcomed by Segal who said that “this enables Hatzolah to continue our essential services.” He thanked the SAZF for the donation of the masks, commenting that they would be “very effective for the work that we do”. Michael also commented that he is proud to be able to “bring innovative Israeli tech to South Africa, and share it with the community, and beyond, in the fight against Covid-19”.

We wish to thank Sonovia Tech for their assistance with this donation. We also wish to thank all the medical workers around the country who are on the frontlines fighting this pandemic around the clock.

The South African Zionist Federation is sourcing additional masks to assist more medical personnel in the fight against COVID-19. If you would like to donate to this important cause, please click here and include “CORONA” in the reference. Alternatively please contact [email protected].

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For comment or further information contact Rowan Polovin, SAZF National Chairman via [email protected].