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Family Protection Kits

The Ebola Family Protection Kits are designed and created for the people and families in at risk areas for Ebola in West Africa. Contains: - plastic bags for biohazardous fluids - tent for quarantine - upside down mosquito net-like structure made of tarp material (can be see-through to allow family members to interact with their loved ones) - gloves - basic PPE (plastic bags and other accessible, cost-efficient materials) - bleach powder (for disinfecting) - instruction manual (diagrams with pictures instead of words) - includes manuals on: recognizing Ebola Symptoms, taking care of family members with Ebola, formula for ORT, etc

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How it will work:
  • The protection from the suits will hugely decrease the chances of the other family members from getting infected (will have large plastic covering head downwards--can be easily removed in direction away from face by pulling from top of head, away from body; also plastic for rest of body)
  • Kits will be distributed to all households through community healthcare workers, or other personnel available
  • Kits will give the families basic equipment and instructions on how to take care of a family member if they contract Ebola.
  • especially in areas where the hospitals are overcrowded, this will allow Ebola to be quarentined within a house and puts the care of Ebola Patients in the hands of family members, instead of relocating them to a hospital to die.
  • waste disposal - during times when patient can still function - have them throw up into a bag, then place bag on floor beside the tent and have family member remove it and dump into communal secured bin
Why it might succeed:
  • Simple and easily assembled (especially important since training to put on complicated PPE is diffcult and a problem even for health care workers)
  • Cost-effective
  • Uses pre-existing resources
  • Can easily reach populations that don’t readily have HCW
  • Reduces contamination and infections
  • Reduces fear within the communities, allows the infected to stay with their family
Questions:
  • Who are the leaders of each community?
  • What health care systems are already in place? What is the lowest level of the whole system?
  • What is the current education in communities?
  • How full are the hospitals in the different areas?
  • Who are the existing NGOs already in West Africa and current supplies there?

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