6 August 2020 Partnerships for development

3D printer kits to provide support in the PALOPs

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation will deliver twelve 3D printer kits to higher education, technology and research institutions in the PALOPs – Portuguese Speaking African Countries.

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3D printer © DR

In the near future, these kits shall enable the free provision of health consumables thereby supporting the Covid-19 response capacities of partner healthcare institutions. Each set is made up of two 3D printers, consumables, distance learning and an online support line.

The support hereby granted results from a tender opened by the Foundation with the objective of nurturing closer ties between universities and scientific health institutions in these countries. Over the medium term, this also seeks to strengthen the social innovation initiatives enable the provision of this equipment for the purposes of research, teaching and future pilot projects.

In Angola, kits shall be delivered in Luanda (to the Agostinho Neto University, partner of the Américo Boavida Hospital, and to the Higher Polytechnic  Institute of Technology and Science, partner of the Girassol Clinic), in Benguela (the Higher Polytechnic  Institute of the Katyavala Bwila University, partner of the Municipal Health Department of Benguela) and in Moçâmedes (to the Namibe Academy of Fishing and Naval Sciences, partner of the Namibe Provincial Office of Health).

In turn, Mozambique is receiving five of these kits: in Maxixe (Save University, partner of the Inhambane Provincial Directorate of Health), in Nampula (Rovuma University, partner of the Central Hospital of Nampula, and University of Lúrio, partner of the Nampula Provincial Directorate of Health), in Beira (the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of Zambeze University, partner of the Beira Provincial Directorate of Health) and in Maputo (the “Osuwela” Association for Development Promotion through Science Training, partner of the Central Hospital of Maputo).

The Dr. Victor Sá Machado Higher Institute of Health Sciences – University of Sao Tome and Principe, in partnership with the Dr. Ayres de Menezes Central Hospital is also to take receipt of one of these kits. The final two kits are going to Cape Verde, in Praia (the Jean Piaget University, partner of the National Public Health Institute) and São Vicente (the Technical University of the Atlantic, partner of the Baptista de Sousa Hospital).

Given the current constraints on international trade, these kits hopefully begin being delivered to these institutions from the beginning of September in a process completed before the year ends.