To face the coronavirus pandemic, the commitment and joint action of different actors in society is essential. We all have something to contribute , even when we stay home to prevent the virus from spreading. This teamwork also includes companies, which are already developing actions to help.
Ford is one of the companies that have joined the fight against the pandemic. The automotive company has gathered a group of volunteers from its Pacheco Plant (Buenos Aires, Argentina) that produced 20,000 face shields to help health professionals who work on the front line, treating infected patients. These protectors were donated to the Argentine Red Cross.
“ The family is at the top of Ford’s values and has been for over 100 years. Our desire to help and care for people is an integral part of our tradition. In these difficult times, our actions become even more important, “says Lyle Watters, President of Ford South America.
The coronavirus outbreak has triggered a global shortage of protective equipment . Unlike face masks, face shields are made of acetate foil and support parts. They are an essential piece of equipment that healthcare professionals need.
In this context, the new production line that Ford has developed in record time is of great help. To achieve this, the company had the work of 45 volunteers. Some performed tasks directly, on the production line, and others did it remotely, drawing up the plan for its execution. Throughout the process, social distancing and protection guidelines for the care and safeguarding of personal hygiene and the workplace were respected.
Once produced, more than 100 people, among the team of Ford volunteers , the Argentine Red Cross , Club Ranger volunteers and SAME personnel , participated in the logistics and distribution tasks of these 20,000 face shields.
In addition to assisting medical professionals, Ford is seeking to meet the needs of people affected with COVID-19 who are in respiratory distress. In Brazil, the company joined the CNI / SENAI (National Industrial Apprenticeship Service) working group and other companies to restore mechanical respirators that have been discarded or need maintenance.
Brazil has more cases of coronavirus than any other country in Latin America, with more than 66,000 confirmed cases and more than 4,500 deaths. Argentina, meanwhile, has almost 4,000 cases and 197 deaths.
“Ford South America is committed to the safety and health of its employees and will collaborate in efforts to combat this pandemic and its unprecedented impact on all aspects of social and economic life,” concludes Watters.