Frontline health workers at risk when fighting COVID-19, and so are many others in the public and private sectors who come into daily contact with other people. To protect people from COVID-19, there is an enormous need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as masks, gloves, and gowns. Currently, demand exceeds supply in many developing countries and IFC is working with partners to increase the production of PPE to meet these critical needs. Among other things, IFC is involved in boosting technical know-how to expand production, providing financing opportunities for companies that manufacture PPE, and help enable supply chains to ensure the availability of raw materials needed for PPE. This work complements efforts under IFC’s $4 billion Global Health Platform.
Growing use of disposable personal protective equipment (PPE) in response to the #COVID-19 pandemic has created new waste problems that can have a negative impact on rivers and oceans. The webinar co-sponsored with the UK’s Foreign Office, discusses the global challenge from plastic waste and how to reduce the use of plastic. We were joined by speakers from leading manufacturers who are producing reusable gowns, high-quality fabric masks and PPE from biodegradable materials.
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May 19, 2020 | World Bank Blogs
The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented global demand for medical masks, gloves and gowns to protect frontline health workers. This crisis presents an opportunity for apparel manufacturers in Africa. IFC's Mary-Jean Moyo and Tania Lozansky explore what it takes to realize this opportunity.
IFC’s work to expand PPE production and availability in developing countries is supported in partnership with the Government of the UK.