Innovators Turn to 3D Printing, Snorkels to Tackle Covid-19

Innovators from across the continent have taken unique steps in their approach to creating personal protection equipment (PPEs) to reduce exposure to the novel coronavirus. These include the use of 3D printing in Kenya where 13 three-dimensional printers in Kisumu's leafy suburb of Milimani produce dozens of face shields, tens of packs of ear savers and contact-less door handles.Meanwhile, in South Africa, doctors in Cape Town resorted to using modified snorkel masks to help prevent them from contracting the deadly virus while intubating critically ill patients. PPEs aside, Evelyn Lewis, a Sierra Leonean social entrepreneur, and technologist, has developed an app and a comprehensive suite of tools that help collect and manage data for users and Covid-19 responders.

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