To support the global effort to contain, control and defeat Ebola in Sierra Leone, the UK Government has pledged £125m to set up and operate a 92-bed treatment facility. Arco was consulted and asked to provide guidance on the most effective use of protective suits, hoods, gloves and wellington boots for frontline medical and support workers travelling to the country. Having received an initial order from the Department for International Development for 50,000 sets of protective equipment every month over a five month period, the Government quickly doubled this order in early October to 100,000 sets each month and Arco demonstrated its capability for rapid fulfilment.
Acting swiftly to meet this urgent requirement for increased capacity, Arco worked closely with its supply chain to immediately allocate existing warehouse stock and increase production capacity, prioritising Government orders. Capacity was also rapidly secured with all suppliers until Autumn 2015, ensuring that Arco can continue to meet ongoing demand as required.
Thomas Martin, Arco’s Joint Managing Director, said: “We are proud to be able play our part in supporting the Government’s initiative to help control the spread of the disease. Through our National Distribution Centre in Hull and our global supply chain network we’ve been able to respond immediately. Stock is now being shipped direct to Sierra Leone where it is needed immediately. Everyone involved at Arco has been working at full capacity to fulfil this order and help keep people safe in the difficult tasks they face.”
The first sets of protective equipment are now in use in Sierra Leone, providing protection for British medical teams and humanitarian workers on the ground who are flown out following an intense training course including instruction on strict donning and doffing procedures, at the MODs training facility in York.