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Production of 3PLY Face masks & Hospital-Grade Ventilators

We design and manufacture hospital-grade ventilators and also select, train and engage laid-off tailors to mass produce 3PLY face masks

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Our ventilator design is based on intermittent positive pressure being controlled and monitored by Arduino microcontroller using android operating system as the interface to monitor and adjust beat rate per minute, with pressure sensor and oxygen and air pressure mixture.

While our face masks are 3-ply pleated lightweight, breathable material with a Bacterial Filtration Efficiency (BFE) of > 99%. Meets or exceeds ASTM 1 standards and is available in earloop or tie on with flexible nosepiece.

What is the need are you focusing on?

In Africa there is chronic shortage of critical PPE and ventilators needed to fight coronavirus. Central African Republic has just three ventilators for its 5m people. In Burkina Faso there are 11 machines for 19m citizens, while Sierra Leone has 18 for a population of 7.5m. There is an enormous gap in the numbers of ventilators needed and as western countries scramble to manufacture or buy tens of thousands of ventilators to cope with the influx of coronavirus patients, it is increasingly clear that many African countries to help the severely ill breathe. In Nigeria, the story is even worse because of our huge population; there are few facilities on the continent with the potential capacity to produce face masks and ventilators. International suppliers are focusing on supplying hospitals at home. Unfortunately, countries that used to supply Africa with equipment to fight outbreaks are also challenged, hence Africa must rise up and develop the technology and capacity from within

Which type of submission are you sharing?

  • Sharing an actual pivot your organization has already made

Describe the business pivot or adaptation in 3-4 sentences.

Africa has less than 10,000 ventilators for more than 1 Billion populations with broken down health care system. Almost all the major cities in Africa are in lock down, workforce laid-off and survival is the basic instincts for everyone. Hence, business in the fashion industry have suffered huge setback as people chose feeding to clothes. So, we select experience tailors and train them on how to sew 3 ply face masks, creating economic value and savings lives. Also, we looked at the desperate need for ventilators so we designed, developed and begin manufacturing hospital-grade ventilators in-house, without any outside support since everyone is observing lock down. Another advantage is that we built the ventilator with scalability in mind to allow us deploy the product as a DIY model that is easy-to-assemble with little resources across Africa or wherever it is needed. This puts us at pole position to meet the current global demands for ventilators with right funding.

Do you plan to implement this solution?

  • Yes

Describe the impact that this solution will create in the world.

With the increasing demands and shortages for ventilators and face masks due to COVID-19 pandemic, our products are first of all safe, easy to assemble and can be produced in a large scale within a short period of time. This will save lives in any community it is implemented because covid-19 is now a global pandemic. Currently COVID-19 has no drug, hence production and distribution of face mask can help communities prevent spreading and contacting the virus and unfortunately for those with the virus, our ventilators will provide the medical support they will desperately need. For a pilot launch, we expect to reach 1 million people within 4 weeks and thereafter we can scale to other communities in need.

What is the name of your business or organization?

Squaresoft Multiservices

What does your business/company do? Whose needs does your business/company address? Who do you serve?

Squaresoft addresses the high maternal and infant mortality crises in Nigeria. The platform works to deliver vital health information to new and expectant mothers using interactive, personalized and low cost mobile technologies, including SMS and voice calls in local languages.

What is your profession?

Okey Esse is a self-taught serial entrepreneur that builds unrefined. He is a Physics Electronics graduate with over 15 years of experience in MSME.

Where are you located (country)?

Abuja, Nigeria

Where are you located (region)?

  • Western Africa

What industry is your business/company in?

  • Healthcare/Medical

How many people does your business/company employ?

  • 0-10

How old is your business/company?

  • 1-2 years old

Which classification describes your organization/business?

  • Social Enterprise

What kind of stakeholders and partnerships are needed to pursue this solution?

  • Funding- Grants
  • Funding- Investment
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- NGOs
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Private Sector
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Government

Do you need help building partnerships and finding partners?

  • Yes

If Yes to the above, please share 1-2 sentences describing the specific help you desire.

We want to scale rapidly to meet growing demands for face masks and ventilators; hence any help to connect us to the right partners is greatly welcomed

What do you think are the main barriers to implementing this solution?

Currently, one major barrier to implement this solution is Funding. We are the right skills, the team are motivated to put in more hours if the work demands, we have willing to purchase customers but we cannot meet these demands.

If you are currently working on a pivot, what have you learned so far?

We have moved passed pivot stage

Are you aware of any open source efforts, hackathons or other collaborative efforts related to your solution? Are you participating in these efforts?


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