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Ansell Statement on Ebola Outbreak

Tuesday, November 04, 2014
GBU: Global, Medical Solutions

Ansell is leveraging its expertise and relationships within the affected region to respond to the Ebola outbreak. The Company has a long-standing relationship with Direct Relief, and we are pleased they are able to utilize our medical and industrial products for so many critical initiatives around the world. Ansell is also a major supplier to first line responders (i.e. Medicines Sans Frontiers, WHO, etc.). Specifically, in relation to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Ansell has made a commitment of more than million pairs of gloves such as GAMMEX® Non-Latex surgical gloves, in addition to our HyFlex®, Powerflex® and
Touch N Tuff® industrial gloves.

Ansell products have been sent via Direct Relief to the Medical Research Centre (Sierra Leone), as well as partners Africare (Liberia) and Wellbody Alliance (Sierra Leone). As a global leader in protection solutions, Ansell will continue to monitor the situation closely with Direct Relief and our other partner associations and customers.

Additional information about our partners who have received (or will receive) critical supplies from Ansell:

  • Wellbody Alliance is a nonprofit that operates a 55-bed clinic in rural Kono District, Sierra Leone is reporting a need for medications, supplies, and emergency staff. Kono District shares a border with Guinea, the source of the outbreak, and neighboring Kailahun District, which has reported the highest number of cases in Sierra Leone. Chief Strategic Officer, Dr. Mohamed Bailor Barrie, is one of only five physicians serving the 450,000 people of Kono District, the epicenter of Sierra Leone’s recent conflict and the most underserved region of the country.
  • Medical Research Centre (MRC) is a non-governmental organization providing primary health support and research services in Sierra Leone. The organization works closely with local and regional governmental agencies to support a network of over 30 health facilities in central Sierra Leone.  MRC reports that they are participating on the National Ebola Task Force and working outside their normal scope of work to help combat the outbreak.
  • Africare is a Monrovia, Liberia-based nonprofit that is active in the following Liberian counties: Boni, Bong, Gbarpolu, Grand Cape Mount, Lofa, Grand Wedeh, River Cess, Montserrado, Margibi, and Nimba. Africare is able to leverage its eighty-plus in-country staff, alignment with the President of Liberia, and access to MOH vehicles to effectively clear customs and distribute aid throughout Liberia.

Any requests for support in response to this outbreak should be forwarded to news@ansell.com for proper review and consideration. The Company will continue to provide updates as events dictate.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends all visitors and health-care workers should rigorously use what is known as personal protective equipment (PPE). PPE should include at least: gloves, an impermeable gown, boots/closed shoes with overshoes, a mask, and eye protection for splashes (goggles or face shields).[1]

New Recommendations on the Selection and use of PPE for Ebola Exposure Hazards

“Guidance on Personal Protective Equipment to be used by Healthcare Workers during Management of Patients with Ebola Virus Disease in U.S. Hospitals,” published October 20, 2014 from the Centers for Disease and Control (CDC) found here recommend:

  • Single-use (disposable) nitrile examination gloves with extended cuffs
  • Two pairs of gloves should be worn
  • At a minimum, outer gloves should have extended cuffs
  • N95 Respirator Mask
  • Single-use (disposable), fluid-resistant or impermeable apron
  • Procedures for putting on (donning) and removing (doffing) of PPE

The CDC and the Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) released the “Detailed Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Checklist for Ebola Preparedness.” This checklist found here identifies PPE that first responder organizations (EMS) should have on hand as part of their preparedness and response programs.

Additional recommendations for “EMS and Medical First Responders, Including Firefighters and Law Enforcement Personnel” found here are provided in CDC guidance entitled “Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems and 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) for Management of Patients with Known or Suspected Ebola Virus Disease in the United States.”

Ebola (EBOV) is classified by the World Health Organization as a Risk Group 4 pathogen, requiring Biosafety level 4-equivalent containment precautions in order to be isolated. There is no current approved method of evaluating the barrier efficacy of personal protective equipment against the Ebola virus, however, there are several standardized methods for assessing the barrier efficacy of PPE against infectious pathogenic organisms such as bacteria and viruses. For this reason, testing has not been conducted in order to prove the efficiency of the following products to kill EBOV. 

Ansell is a global leader in protection solutions. Ansell designs, develops and manufactures a wide range of protective products including industrial and medical gloves, aprons and N95 respirators, at standards that meet or exceed industrial/medical government regulations. Further many of these products meet one or more of the standardized methods for assessing the barrier efficacy of PPE:

All product inquiries should be directed to Ansell Customer Service at ebolainfo@ansell.com.


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