Units of Medical Supplies Delivered
Worth of Supplies Manufactured
Local Response Groups Tracked
Countries with Local Response Efforts
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The global community of makers, crafters and small businesses collaborated early on in the pandemic to develop open source designs for common medical supplies used to fight COVID-19, and then began production using a wide range of manufacturing equipment.
These supplies were distributed to healthcare workers, essential workers, and others within local communities when the medical supply chain failed and couldn’t keep up with global demand for PPE and other medical supplies.
These production efforts coordinated and shared open source information digitally, but produced supplies locally across the world.
Data Collection Methods
OSMS held an informal public weekly tally from March to August of 2020, in which it surveyed members of its Facebook group of 72,000 people from across the globe (see example). Data publicly submitted by over 300 response groups was vetted by our staff before being included in this dataset.
OSMS and Nation of Makers (NOM) then teamed up to create and release a Community Impact Survey to more-fully understand the technologies used, activity status of the groups, and partnerships that were built as part of supply production and distribution. We also have incorporated response data from a parallel Fab Foundation survey of its global network of FabLabs.
Equipment Types Produced
This infographic is exclusively fed by the Tally data we’ve obtained between March and August 2020, and therefore tracks a total of 16 Million devices. You can interact with our dashboard by clicking on specific equipment types, or selecting them and the date ranges from the dropdown menus on the top.
Relative Production Data, Normalized by Population
The above infographic displays relative production – PPE items per million population – for each of the 52 countries we have received production data from.
Production Quantities by Locations
The above infographic opens in a new window due to mapping requirements. It displays the cities, states and countries of our data sources. Some organizations are nation-wide collaborations, so the pins are centered within these countries. You can filter by country.
“...it meant the world and literally, in some cases, probably our lives to have this equipment and protective equipment produced and distributed by this army of volunteers. And…I don’t know that we can ever say thank you enough.“David Rainosek, MD, Associate Medical Director of St. Vincent Rehabilitation Hospital, Arkansas, USA
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