The Johns Hopkins University and DuPont have signed license and collaboration agreements allowing DuPont to commercialize a garment with innovative features from Johns Hopkins to help protect people on the front lines of the Ebola crisis and future deadly infectious disease outbreaks.
The new Modula S Infection Isolation Unit incorporates healthy, easy-to-clean CuVerro® bactericidal copper alloy and excess power for communications – and the Unit is rated for a twenty-five year life. Modula S was recently named an awardee of the USAID Ebola Grand Challenge for its innovative rapidly deployable treatment units.
If anything positive has come out of the ongoing Ebola crisis in West Africa, it’s that we can finally put to rest a longstanding debate—namely, whether it’s more effective in global health to focus on specific issues (such as HIV and maternal health), or to take a systems-based approach, looking at the whole of a country’s capacity to provide health care to its people.
A group of West African musicians and celebrities have launched a song contest in Guinea to educate local communities about Ebola. The contest was announced at a press conference in the Guinean capital Conakry, the Ground Zero of the current Ebola outbreak.
The most recent West African Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone sickened nearly 25,000 people and killed 10,000. Medical professionals are particularly vulnerable, as they work closely with infected and highly infectious patients. But changes in the equipment they use to see the infected may make it easier to protect workers from the disease.