THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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to increase the protection and comfort
of healthcare workers battling the virus.(See the January-February Talking Points for our coverage of the contest.)
A panel of U.S. government experts
and international partners chose three
• A redesigned personal protective
equipment (PPE) suit that allows for
quicker and safer doffing/removal and
has integrated cooling features (submit-
ted by Johns Hopkins University’s Center
for Bioengineering Innovation & Design
and Jhpiego, and featuring technology
from Johns Hopkins University).
• An antiseptic that, when applied to
skin, provides up to six hours of pathogen
protection and serves as an antimicrobial
barrier to viral transmission for health
care workers (submitted by Aquarius
GEP LLC and Innovative BioDefense).
• A long-lasting, spray-on barrier that
kills and repels microbes with electro-
static fields to prevent surface con-
tamination and allow for more breath-
able PPE materials (submitted by SPR
Advanced Technologies, Inc.).
These three ideas will receive financial
or other support, including intensive test-
ing, to ensure readiness for production
and field deployment.
USAID reports that as of Jan. 21 the
U.S. government has delivered approxi-
mately $952 million in assistance in
response to the Ebola epidemic. And
now, it appears, the epidemic may be
subsiding.New Ebola cases in Liberia and Sierra Leone have been decreasing dramatically
of late, so much so, in fact, that the U.S.
Test Your Worldliness:
This month we are introducing a
new mini-feature for Talking Points—
As an amusing diversion from
pressing business, the quizzes will test
your knowledge of any and all things
worldly, from currencies (this month)
and languages to capital cities. See
how many you can get right. Gain
bragging rights by comparing answers
Thanks to retired FSO Rob Callard
for the suggestion and this currency
quiz. In the “distant past,” Callard says,
The Foreign Service Journal
a quiz section. A consular officer, he
is now working as a “when actually
employed” (WAE) in the visa office.
During his Foreign Service career, he
served in Port-of-Spain, Lima, Welling-
ton, Toronto, Bridgetown, Jerusalem,
Pristina and Washington, D.C.
If you have a quiz to suggest, send it
(questions with answers and source) firstname.lastname@example.org.
Answers appear on p. 18.
What countries use the following
3. Dram _________________
6. Pa‘anga _________________
8. Dirham _________________
9. Rupiah _________________