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.
- 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)
- 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
How it will work:
Why it might succeed:
- 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
- Simple and easily assembled (especially important since training to put on complicated PPE is diffcult and a problem even for health care workers)
- 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
- 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?