Locally produced personal protective equipment can offer hospital staff protection against Covid-19 if combined with surgical masks and rigorous personal protective equipment cleaning routine

Int J Health Plann Manage. 2021 Mar;36(2):587-589. doi: 10.1002/hpm.3080. Epub 2020 Sep 30.


Locally made, washable and reusable personal protective equipment (PPE), used in combination with N95 masks that were reused safely, has proven to be a viable alternative to disposable gowns and caps for hospital staff in low- and middle-income countries. Muhimbili University Hospital's children's cancer ward in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, developed locally made PPE and created rigorous cleaning and disinfecting protocols, when the daily use of imported, disposable materials were not an option. These items continue to protect staff, children and parents. The novel PPE approach was able to prevent staff from becoming infected during the pandemic despite the fact that several parents, and subsequently their children, became infected with Covid-19 during cancer treatment at the facility.

Keywords: Covid-19; PPE; hospital management; infection control; low- and middle-income countries.

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19 / prevention & control*
  • Disinfection / methods*
  • Disinfection / standards
  • Humans
  • Masks* / virology
  • Personal Protective Equipment* / virology
  • Personnel, Hospital*
  • Tanzania