It is in adversity and under pressure that Africa, in the plural, often discovers its resilience, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. Here are some of Bridges Builder’s favourites initiatives and innovations, as part of the Covid-19 response on the continent.
In Senegal, four teacher-researchers from the Ecole Polytechnique de Thiès have created a prototype of an artificial respirator, essential for Covid patients admitted to intensive care or patients with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. “If we have the necessary funding and manpower, we can produce dozens of machines of this type per day,” says one of the inventors. Currently on the market, an artificial respirator costs more than 18,000 euros. The inventors of this new prototype have manufactured their artificial respirator with 610 euros, and they announce a production capacity of several tens of respirators per day.
Faced with the scarcity of hydroalcoholic gel vials in Senegal, students at the Ecole Supérieure Polytechnique de Dakar, produced their own hydroalcoholic gel. This was done through their Chemical Engineering and Applied Biology department. It consists of a hundred 500ml bottles of hydroalcoholic antiseptic hand gel, used in the fight against Covid-19.
In Abidjan, Christian Tchamen and his teams produce nearly a hundred textile-based masks per day by hand. They are then sold to local companies between 0.7 and 1.50 euros.
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