COVID-19 needs no introduction, as we have all talked of little else this year. None of us have ever experienced anything like this and will hopefully never have to experience anything like it again. With most of the world having already gone through one lockdown it appears that further lockdowns are coming this Autumn.
The staff and residents of care homes found in every corner of the UK are, in an incredibly dangerous situation. It is very clear that those people over the age of 70yrs are most at risk and any PPE equipment that can be supplied to a Care Home is an invaluable asset to the workers and the residents, and will help to save the lives of those who are often very frail in their older years. Prevention is so important and it helps to reduce the overcrowding of Intensive Care Units and unnecessary deaths. In the last few months the NHS has begun to support care homes with PPE supply, but that is only a temporary measure with Care Homes once again becoming responsible for funding their own PPE supply again this autumn.
In the UK an area of particular weakness is the extreme shortage of High quality Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) which in normal times would present no problem. This includes facemasks, gowns and gloves that need to be purchased by the millions in order to keep Doctors, Nurses and NHS Staff safe while carrying out their very demanding roles routinely as well as during this time of crisis.
Unfortunately PPE equipment is not manufactured in the UK or Europe in sufficient quantities and the drive for cost saving has led to factories being largely set up in China or other countries in Asia with low production costs. It is now common knowledge that the PPE supply situation in China, Turkey, and elsewhere has become chaotic and this has led to several thousand copycat factories popping up who are selling “fake” PPE that is flooding the market and exacerbating the situation.
In order to address this issue UKMF has established partnerships with UK manufacturers to start the production of high quality surgical grade PPE suitable for health care professionals. Our specialist medical team has been vital for carrying out their certification processes to ensure they comply with necessary quality control regulations. In parallel our marketing team has established an online shop to sell such products with all profits from sales going to the charity.
The UK Mask Force is a registered charity founded by a team of British and American individuals who have combined their skills to set up a manufacturing and logistics structure designed help improve the PPE supply issues faced in the UK.