Survey: Fit for Women? Improving Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Women Health Workers

One of the many gender inequities in the health and care workforce that COVID-19 has exposed is around the fit and design of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). 

Even though most health workers are women, manufacturing specifications for medical PPE are usually drawn up based on the male body; for example, surgical masks may be too large to fit women’s faces, increasing their risk of infection. During the pandemic have heard many stories of how PPE is not designed for women’s bodies and physiological functions.

Working with partners including Women@TheTable, building on the UN Economic Commission for Europe’s ‘Gender-responsive Standards Declaration’, and under the umbrella of Gender Equal Health and Care Workforce Initiative, Women in Global Health  is leading a new project on gender equity and PPE.

Women in Global Health has launched a survey to assess the availability, quality and fit of PPE for women and document gender specific challenges around use. This survey will collect experiences from women as well as solicit recommendations on how to improve PPE to meet their needs. The findings will be synthesised into a report for advocacy at the UN General Assembly and beyond.

If you are a healthcare worker, that has used PPE during the COVID-19 pandemic you can fill out the survey. If you are not, help to reach a health & care worker in every country, so Women in Global Heathcan assess the global impact of the issue!

Survey in English   Encuesta en Español  Enquête en Français


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