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Sudanese doctor asks for 3D printable respirators in fight against COVID-19

The situation in African countries may already be much worse than imagined

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As a result of 3dpbm’s call for help to AM companies providing resources to help fight COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Zahid Fedial, an ER Doctor at the Aljawda hospital in Sudan, reached out to ask for support with respirators. The crisis in the African nation seems to be already much worse than thought. Africa had so far appeared to be somewhat immune to the spread of the virus but it seems that statistics may have been dramatically affected by lack of testing.

At the moment, the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Sudan counter has registered 1 person (deceased) who has contracted the disease. However, Dr. Fedial told us that several people have been hit by COVID-19 and he was one of the first recorded cases—first suspected then confirmed—so he has been in quarantine for two weeks with 4 more days to go.

COVID-19 Sudan

“I can say without a doubt that we are in desperate need of those 3D printed ventilators designs and devices—we don’t have enough resources in our ICU and we certainly will not be able to cope with the with numbers of patients that are expected to arrive, which could spell for disaster.”

Dr. Fedial asked to provide more detail about what parts and equipment could actually be 3D printed on location and what materials are necessary. “Please indicate what masks, ventilators, and other medical devices that could help us fighting COVID-19” he said, “I will try to reach business owners.. appropriate facilities and the authorities so these parts can be manufactured and freely disturbed to local hospitals in need”.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites and, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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