3D Printing for COVID-19 Supplies in Palestine
Gaza hub is responding to the emergency status in the Gaza strip by taking quick actions towards COVID-19 through bring technology to fill in the gap in medical supplies in the Gaza Strip. Thus, our project idea was to utilize 3D printing to produce face shields, one of the personal protective equipment, to be used by Gaza hospitals and medical centers to support the Ministry of Health (MOH ) preparedness for needs to address the COVID-19 outbreak.
Furthermore, due to the limitation on certain materials and machinery entry to Gaza due to the blockade, Gaza Hub formed a partnership with 3D printing local operators to procure the project proposed face shields; while starting a series of online conversations with different experts in this field about the feasibility and practicality of the project idea.
- Introducing the idea of technology utilization like 3D printing to the health sector in the Gaza Strip. Once implemented, medical staff in the Gaza Strip will be encouraged to use different technologies to ensure a rapid response to emergencies and pandemics.
- Providing 150 pieces of face shields according to MOH preparedness plan of the needs to address COVID-19 Outbreak.
- Supporting four hospitals which are the designated centres for confirmed cases of COVID -19 with 3D printed products to support the protection of health workers who deal with people at risk and patients on quarantine.