In Nouakchott, Mauritania, seamstresses at a vocational training centre for women sew cloth masks to protect vulnerable and disabled persons from COVID-19. The centre is part of the Mauritanian Ministry of Social Affairs, Children and the Family (MASEF), with which UNICEF has worked very closely for years; this is UNICEF’s first collaboration with this centre. To date, 12,000 masks have been sewn at the centre as part of COVID response. Most have been distributed to vulnerable people by the MASEF with the help of local partners.