#FitForWomen: Improving Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for women health & care workers

Women in Global Health


This is a global research project that documents challenges women health workers faced during COVID-19.

One of the many gender inequities in the health and care workforce, that COVID-19 has exposed, is around the fit and design of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The rapid onset and scale of COVID-19 led to shortages of PPE in most countries, causing preventable infection and mortality among healthcare workers and others on the front lines. Even though most health workers are women, manufacturing specifications for medical PPE are usually drawn up based on the male body and there have been many reports of PPE not designed for women’s bodies.