***Winners*** Investment Ready Medical Devices and Personal Protection Equipment
Shona McDonald , South Afirca and Yared Yaregal, Ethiopia
Shona McDonald , South Afirca
Focus Area: ventilator and PPE
Preject Key Word: Respirators, Local Production, Business for Good, Inclusive Local Employment.
Project Description: The Shonaquip Social Enterprise can manufacture multiple use, full-face respirators for front line workers, health care workers or any at-risk person to prevent exposure to Covid19. The respirators provide: Full head masks, Easy to fit, Comfortable, Re-usable, Can be sterilized, Relatively low cost. Further Advantages include: Reduce the risk of face touching, Can be used comfortably in warm environments, Can be manufactured using “off the shelf” local products at our existing ISO 9001 certified wheelchair production site in Cape Town, Rechargeable battery lasts max 9 hours before needing to be recharged, Initial outlay equivalent to 3 months of KN95 mask
Yared Yaregal, Ethiopia
Focus Area: Multi Patient Ventilation System and Patient Mentoring
Preject Key Word: Medical Device, BioTech, Bio Medical Engineering
Project Description: Engineering a system that uses single mechanical ventilating unit to support multiple patients with advanced controlling and monitoring techniques. By utilizing cheap electronics and cutting edge technology the system is expected to meet all the safety and medical device requirements. The mass breathing aid operates with two motors specially designed to maximize and control air flow. The prototype utilizes a vacuum cleaner motor which spins at high revolution per minute (rpm) and has large amount of airflow with static pressure. These motors can be used straight away with some mechanical modifications using PVC pipes and each unit is capable of ventilating up to 10 patients.