Attention, all garment manufacturers and hospital suppliers, now’s your chance to help our frontliners in the fight against COVID-19.
In a Facebook post last May 20 the United Nations Development Programme in the Philippines announced that they’re currently working on a platform that “connects manufacturers and suppliers to hospitals and other groups in need of PPEs to provide adequate supply to both medical and non-medical frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
As such, the group has sent out a nationwide call for those with the capacity to produce PPEs to apply for their supply chain initiative. This organized database provides hospitals and other frontliners in search for more protective gear with an easy avenue to find suppliers and manufacturers that they can collaborate with during these uncertain times.
To join this essential network, fill up the link here.
Last March, Mich Dulce and her colleagues at the Manila Protective Gear Sewing Club (MPGSC) released a detailed open-source medically- approved sewing pattern for PPEs, taking into account the detrimental factors that come with making a proper suit. "As you can see, there are minimal seams in this pattern. Sewing seams make the garment more permeable because of needle holes. Please read through the techpack for full construction details based on what kind of machine you have accessible," Mich advised. "These recommendations are here to try and get it to be the best as we can despite it being a non-medical-grade suit. The less seams the better!"
Meanwhile, taffeta silver back lining (SBL) has been identified as the ideal fabric for PPE manufacturing. The recommendation was made by Vice President Leni Robredo in collaboration with Mich, and Infectious Diseases Specialist Dr. Jesus Julio Ancheta.
On the other hand, abaca fibers have also been found to be another possible alternative for producing protective gear such as suits and face masks. "[Abaca] is the strongest natural fiber in the world," says Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PhilFIDA) executive director Kennedy Costales. In fact, as discovered by the Department of Science and Technology Region 10 (DOST-10), face masks fashioned from abaca are seven times more effective than those made from cloth.