COVID-19: How We Tapped Into Local Innovation and the Maker Movement to Address the PPE Shortage

Convening local innovators to create new, bottom-up and fast supply chains

Face mask detection system (left) and automated temperature detector and hand-sanitizer dispenser tested at local schools (right) are two open-source innovations designed at the Makerthon in South Africa, in September 2020.

The maker movement goes frugal

Dar Es Salaam maker community used low-cost 3D printing to design, fabricate and distribute PPEs.

DIY artisans and quality standards

From theory to practice, craftsmen take action. Photo: Nunyalab
In Malawi, for PPE and other items with health standards, such as hand sanitizers, the Lab worked with national standards and regulatory bodies to certify the products before donation.

Sustaining innovation for the next crisis



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