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I think that it would be important to consult medical professionals in the field like the Sierra Leone folks that have started doing this. They would have an idea of what supplies are critical along with the instructions that should go with it. I think you will then need people with expertise in languages specific to the areas effected, along with design to put together the appropriate information.
- rehydration pills with electrolytes?
- Gloves (lots) with directions to take them on and off to avoid decontamination
- hand sanitizer
- chlorine spray
- disposable raincoats with hoods (cheap and easy to slip on and off)
- waste disposal bags/system with a clear sign on bag it is hazmat material
- pain killers?
- first aid bag to put all of the supplies in
- information on contamination and preventing the spread of ebola

You could also include information on the hospitals in the area, perhaps numbers to call (?) to see if there is space in any of them before bringing people in (not sure of their infrastructure or systems in this respect).

I am not an expert on ebola so I do not know what else is needed but consulting medical professionals in the field over in West Africa would likely be the ideal.

As far as dissemination, I would use central hubs to give out the packages, key places that are already a 'go to' place with trusted faces. Have a nurse or health professional available to give information. Also, I would stock up the hospitals with the kits as well to give out when they have to turn away people.

There have been lots of posts on this at openidea so I think it would also be good to bring the people on this site together in terms of their thoughts on empowering home/community care.

I think rehydrating pills like someone suggested, painkillers, gloves, information that is language and culturally appropriate would help. It looks like Sierra Leone is already heading in this direction ....


Deb commented on De-stigmatizing personal protective equipment

I think this is a great idea. The best improvement in these suits would be to give a patient the ability to see another human being's face. The masked appearance is scary, the capacity to see warmth in a human face, a smile that conveys caring as well as eyes that reassure can't be overstated - especially when dealing with children. I think the hardest thing about these suits is how it separates us from connecting in a human way.