UNIDO released a publication “DIY Solutions for medical protective clothing and masks” that provides a detailed explanation regarding classification, application and production technologies for personal protective equipment (PPE), such as medical protective clothes and masks, as well as the quality requirements they should meet. This initiative entails dissemination of practical knowledge concerning the most recent technologies used in PPE manufacturing that is aligned with the quality requirements approved by the World Health Organization (WHO).
As the debate around the COVID-19 vaccination campaign unravels around the world putting into question its potency and durability, constantly ensuring access to high quality PPEs remains a major challenge in many low- and middle-income countries where demand is still outstripping supply availability. Since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent waves of export restrictions and lockdowns, many PPE producing companies and suppliers have been forced to shut down or significantly reduce their output. In this context, UNIDO provides step-by-step do-it-yourself solutions for small scale medical protective clothes and mask manufacturing. This publication was intended as a hands-on pocket guide that would be helpful in selecting durable, resistant and safe materials and efficient production techniques that comply with WHO regulations, thereby helping to control the spread of highly contagious viruses, including COVID-19.
For more information contact Farrukh Alimdjanov (F.Alimdjanov [at] unido.org (F.Alimdjanov@unido.org))