Facebook Group Members
Countries with Active Local Response Efforts
Local Response Groups
Supplies Delivered by the Global Community
When the world ran out of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) due to COVID-19, volunteer makers in 55 countries got to work. From the earliest days, OSMS helped coordinate their efforts, facilitated the sharing of designs and empowered international collaboration between maker groups.
Millions of pieces of PPE later, this is their story.
Open Source Medical Supplies tracked the combined datset of community-made PPE and medical supplies at a global level from March through August 2020. We manually collected the data through community-driven public statements where members of our 73,500 person Facebook group would post their group’s (and sometimes individual) weekly production data. Here’s an example of our weekly tally collection. We chose to leverage public Facebook Group posts, rather than using survey forms, to increase transparency and validity. Data submitted by 300+ partnering organizations was vetted before it was included in our reporting. The interactive infographics below allow for a granular insight into the collective global impact of maker groups and volunteer fabricators during the COVID-19 pandemic.
OSMS Global Dashboard
You can interact with our dashboard by clicking on specific states/countries, or selecting them and the date ranges from the dropdown menus on the top. This allows users to understand community-powered PPE production over time and in specific countries.
Equipment Types Produced
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.
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