PMI supported volunteers via SKY Youth, a local organisation,and distributed thousands of masks to people who could not afford them. All of the masks are made by the locals. Despite the drive, retail prices for face masks have increased sharply from 50 kyat to up to 1,000 kyat, and the people had difficulty to follow the government rules of wearing masks in the public area.
Before the donations, people there had to pay for masks themselves and the masks are expensive compare to their daily income. Now, they could wash and reuse them. With the help of SKY youth, households in Kyaukphyu now involved, production launched in earnest in late April. Each household takes on different roles depending on the equipment, skills, and time available. Those without sewing machines focus on fabric cutting, ironing, and packing.
Other households are able to set up a complete production line. SKY youth supplies raw materials where needed and pays each family for their contribution to the production of each mask. The masks are made from 100% cotton, provide good coverage of the mouth and nose, and are durable and washable.