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Toray complete Collaboration Program for Personal Protective Clothing for Infection Control in Guinea

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May 17, 2021

Toray Industries, Inc.

Tokyo, Japan, May 17, 2021 – Toray Industries, Inc., announced today that it has received words of gratitude from the National Health Security Agency of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Guinea for contributing to Collaboration Program for Personal Protective Clothing (coverall) for infection control that helped the nation bolster its measures against infectious diseases. Toray and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) launched that initiative in 2019, completing its mission in January this year.
Toray began conducting verification tests in Guinea in 2015 with its LIVMOA™ 5000 personal protective clothing, which offers exceptional safety and comfort of wearers working in the field public health. In 2017, the company donated 10,000 items of this clothing in response to a request from that nation’s Ministry of Health. The subsequent project was an international effort to draw on JICA’s Collaboration Program with the Private Sector for Disseminating Japanese Technologies, as a public-private partnership project funded by JICA to support strengthening capacity to control disease outbreaks in resource-limited setting, particularly in Guinea.

The Republic of Guinea has experienced limited recurrences of Ebola infections since suppressing outbreaks in 2016. Such other diseases as malaria, measles, yellow fever, meningitis, and Lassa fever have continued to occur. From 2020, the government added measures to prevent COVID-19 cases from spreading. The nation urgently needs to enhance the safety of medical and healthcare professionals and cut their workloads.

As well as providing LIVMOA™ 5000 garments through the project with JICA, Toray also contributed to Guinea’s infectious disease responsiveness and best practices by conducting lectures about risks in managing disorders and training healthcare workers in donning and doffing the garments.

LIVMOA™ 5000 incorporates Toray’s state-of-the-art fiber and film technologies to deliver advanced Class 6*1 blood anti-virus barrier protection. The fabric is moisture permeable, so temperatures and humidity inside the garment rise less than with conventional offerings in the same class, and can thus reduce heat stress on wearers. The

unique design simplifies undressing and reduces noise from fabric rubbing against apparel. Toray is prepared to respond to assistance requests from the Republic of Guinea through international and domestic government agencies.

“Project AP-G 2022”, Toray’s medium-term management program, has prioritized the Life Innovation Business Expansion Project. That undertaking aims to help boost the quality of medical care, longevity, and public health. Toray will expand its LIVMOA™ business to help reinforce infection control measures and enhance the safety and reduce the workloads of medical professionals, thus improving healthcare services in Africa and other developing regions.

*1 EU type Examination Certificate (CE marking) acquired

Details of the program
1. Project name: Collaboration Program with the Private Sector for Disseminating Japanese Technologies for Personal Protection Equipment for Infection Control in Guinea
2. Implementation: September 2019 through January 2021
3. Partners: Japan International Cooperation Agency and National Health Security Agency of Ministry of Health of Republic of Guinea
4. Participants: A total of 23 entities, including hospitals, clinics, and other medical institutions, as well as diagnostic and testing facilities, centers for infectious disease control, and quarantine control institutions
5. Activity summary: Lectures by Japanese experts on managing infection risks and training in putting on and removing LIVMOA personal protective clothing
6. Activity details:

(1) Group seminar for trainers
Toray held a two-day training seminar in February 2020 for around 70 representatives of 23 institutions, including key medical institutions in Conakry, Guinea’s capital, and infection control centers in neighboring prefectures. The program encompassed lectures from Japanese experts in public health and infectious diseases, group discussions, and training in using LIVMOA™ garments.

(2) Trainer-led sessions
Group seminar participants conducted training at their respective institutions, informing more than 300 doctors, nurses, and administrators nationwide about infection control basics and using LIVMOA™. The sessions helped improve the nation’s ability to combat infectious diseases and foster the adoption and proper use of infection control clothing.