Frontline workers are at risk when fighting #COVID19. To protect them, more Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) like masks, gloves and gowns are needed. How can the textile sector switch productions to produce more PPEs? How to source raw materials or what methods should be used? To answer the questions on going beyond the norm, IFC brought together some global experts to share practical and technical knowledge on switching production.
IFC and FCDO held a webinar on Global trends in market demand and supply for PPE. Findings from FCDO's newly published report that analyzes current and future dynamics of the global PPE market was presented. The report provided directional estimates of global PPE demand for 2020-2025 by volume, factoring in the impact of COVID-19 on various geographies, PPE usage and user segments. This webinar helped both current and prospective industry players better understand the dynamics of future demand, giving insight into what can be done to meet market needs, and how to best position themselves for success.
Manufacturers in labor intensive industries spoke about how to balance business operations and preserving jobs while reducing health and safety risks to the workforce. What are the additional challenges because of COVID 19? What have we learned? How are manufacturers managing the increased health and safety risks during the pandemic? What challenges remains? Better Work teams around the world have been redeployed to offer support to garment factories and workers on crucial health and safety issues including reopening guidelines, policy advice, and bringing partners together to develop joint responses at the national and international levels.
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.
IFC’s work to expand PPE production and availability in developing countries is supported in partnership with the Government of the UK.