Last month, CUNY SPH student and president of the Graduate Student Government Association Pavan Lohia teamed up with three colleagues from the University of California Irvine and San Diego on a fundraiser to provide personal protective equipment to frontline healthcare workers and first responders. By late April, Lohia and team had raised over $7000, which they put toward the costs of medical supplies, transportation, and production.
In addition to regular medical supplies, the team was able to produce 3D-printed reusable masks, which were donated to frontline workers all over the country.
Lohia and colleagues have delivered surgical masks, 3D printed reusable mMask kits, gallons of hand sanitizer and more to many New York City hospitals and agencies, New Jersey Emergency Medical Services, George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C, NYPD and DC Police, Maryland University Hospital, and several more.
“Despite being on the frontline myself, there are many people who need help all over,” Lohia says. “I just wanted to help those on the frontline and share an uplifting moment in the midst of this pandemic.”
Lohia will graduate in June with an MPH in Community Health.