Women throughout Ireland are set to make medical scrubs at home for frontline workers battling coronavirus.

This comes as the country - like many others around the world - struggle with supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE).

The National President of the Irish Countrywomen's Association has called on its 8,000 members to make scrubs in an email circulated throughout the organisation.

Josephine Helly asked members to take up their needle and thread in the battle against Covid-19.

"The project is to supply some scrubs to areas where they are required as PPE equipment is in short supply," she told RTÉ’s News at One.

"The ICS would have a tradition of having a lot of sewers in the association and they will all step up to the plate," Ms Helly added.

ICA members who sign up to the initiative will be supplied with materials to make the scrubs.

The email states: "Members of the ICA who get involved with the project will be supplied with a package including an instruction leaflet and diagram; cut fabric pieces; tape for binding edges and finishing the inside neckline; plus a drawstring for the waist of the trousers.

"It would be helpful if the maker has thread but it can be supplied if needed. The kits will be supplied in sizes S, M, L, XL as required by demand".

The scrubs will be distributed through the ICA to local nursing homes and members where the sewers are living.

The scrubs comprise a top, tunic and trousers but do not include face masks.

The initiative is is part of a project - Sew Scrubs for Ireland - run by Sinéad Lawlor and others in the costume industry who have made scrubs for the past few days for a hospital and a day centre in Dublin.