On March 17th, AFFOA issued a “Call to Action” to its membership seeking to activate a rapid response to produce and distribute N95 respirators and surgical facemasks to hospitals and other healthcare facilities. The goal was to quickly create domestic sources of supply to meet the critical needs of healthcare workers with a by partnering with members and other organizations to respond to PPE shortages.
This call spurred collaborations and initiatives across multiple fronts, and as a result of rapid mobilization, AFFOA’s network is already making a tangible impact protecting front-line health care workers.
The main highlights of AFFOA’s collaboration activities are summarized below.
AFFOA would also like to thank the new partners that joined us in the past three weeks and have been extraordinarily helpful to address the shortage of N95 respirators. These companies include Alpha Pro Tech, Monadnock Nonwovens, Avery Dennison Medical, Baril Corp., Emtex Global, Kimberly Clark Corp., and many others. The collective experience of these organizations in nonwoven fabric materials and product development in collaboration with AFFOA is helping to increase the supply of N95 respirators nationwide.
These are difficult times, but the energy and spirit of AFFOA’s Members and its nationwide network in response to COVID-19 has been extraordinary; thanks to these efforts, lives will be saved.
If your organization has initiatives that they would like to share publicly, please send a short description and a photograph of the effort with your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will post it on our website in the newly created AFFOA COVID-19 response section.