‘It’s good and it’s true’: Ubuntu Beds shelters nurses at no cost
An initiative offers frontline public healthcare workers a safe and private room to stay near hospitals
Melissa Mandes is a registered nurse in Cape Town, the epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic. Unlike 725 nurses in the Western Cape, she has not got coronavirus.
An inspired initiative called Ubuntu Beds (https://www.ubuntubeds.org/) — offering frontline public healthcare workers a safe and private room to stay near hospitals at no cost — reduced her risks of becoming infected.
“With the pandemic going on, I thought I would be at risk first-hand and then Ubuntu Beds popped up. It was perfect,” said Mandes, who has stayed in Ubuntu accommodation for four weeks...