The African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM) strongly encourages its membership to respond to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) request for consultation on an innovative design for personal protective equipment (PPE). A WHO report on health worker infections during the 2014-2016 Ebola virus epidemic in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone found a number of deficiencies, including “inappropriate use or lack of PPE”. Factors contributing to these deficiencies ranged from challenges in training to human factors and characteristics of PPE equipment. Technical Advisory Committees have proposed ten “ideal characteristics” for improved PPE, which are open for public consultation. WHO is seeking comments from institutions and organizations as well as from individuals.

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Author(s): Ms. Bethanie Rammer, ASLM


Flyer:WHO Global Open Consultation for Innovative Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) [PDF download]