A group of over 100 healthcare and engineering students have joined with community partners to supply personal protective equipment to northwestern Ontario healthcare staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, and are asking for the community’s help.

The campaign, Northern Ontario PPE for HCP or #PPEFORHCP, is led by students at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine in collaboration with healthcare students at Lakehead University and Laurentian University, and they’ve been working to support 35 communities in the area with PPE for healthcare staff.

To date, over 32,000 gloves and 13,000 surgical masks have been donated and distributed, along with various amounts of other masks, boot covers, gowns, goggle, caps, face shields and much more across the region.

“Although our campaign has redistributed a lot of PPE so far, we are still looking for donations to help fill the gap as restrictions lift and allied health professionals start to open up their doors,” noted Adrian, a volunteer with the campaign and NOSM student.

Not only is the campaign still looking for surgical-grade items such as masks, gowns, gloves and face shields, but they are also asking for hand-sewn items such as face masks of all different sizes, caps and gowns.

PPE supplies during the pandemic have been crucial, as they play a huge role in preventing the spread of COVID-19, while still allowing people to seek care from healthcare professionals.

In early May, a group of Northern Ontario School of Medicine students reached out to Dryden’s Domtar for PPE donations. Domtar was able to supply the Dryden Regional Health Centre with some PPE, and donated $5,000 to four regional hospitals to buy more PPE supplies.

For more information on how to get involved, you’re asked to contact northernontarioppeforhcp@gmail.com or their website below.

For more information:
Northern Ontario PPE for HCP
Domtar donates PPE, $5,000 to local hospitals