Our team is excited to be ready to test our first medical tools in the field!
We have the 3D printed microscope, an antenatal and birthing kit, and basic medical tools for HIV prevention. We use Human Centered Design in all of our work, and have now designed a Usability test. As soon as we have some resources available, we ready to start visiting hospitals and other medical facilities to see what the doctors and other medical practitioners have to say about the tools. Then we can make the design adjustment necessary to be able to be ready to produce on a larger scale and eventually supply these same institutions.
The medical tools Voices of Africa is working with have come from a variety of sources. The Waterscope microscope is a Cambridge University project. Many of the other tools came from the internet and then we adjusted them to fit the needs of our users through design iteration. Lastly, there were the amazing custom designs we crowd sourced through the Hack 4 Health Design Challenge. This toolkit has the potential to save millions on medical tools, create local employment, and most importantly, save lives.
The medical tools we are printing use recycled plastic bottles to make the more durable medical goods and corn based plastic that can be safely incinerated for the one time use tools. We have open a new chapter of experimentation on how medical tools can be made, disposed of, and safely sterilized for repeat use. This technology could disrupt the entire medical supply chain industry in the next 15 years.
We have just started to begin this journey of discover of what we can use 3d printing for in terms of real and present needs in the health care sector for developing countries. What we are currently doing in Tanzania and soon in Kenya can be done anywhere in the world. We want to invite you to help us shape this common vision of a healthier future.