Updated May 20, 2020

Me.reka Makerspace Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

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This innovation has initiated an open-source collaborative effort to decentralize the production of face shields for front-liners and provide them with the necessary equipment to keep them safe as they fight COVID-19.

Me.reka Makerspace, a for-profit organisation in Malaysia, has leveraged on their partnerships to activate a relief strategy for the front-liners fighting Covid-19. With a critical shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and more specifically face shields, Me.reka has initiated an open-source collaborative effort to decentralize the production of face shields for front-liners and ...
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Me.reka Makerspace, a for-profit organisation in Malaysia, has leveraged on their partnerships to activate a relief strategy for the front-liners fighting Covid-19. With a critical shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and more specifically face shields, Me.reka has initiated an open-source collaborative effort to decentralize the production of face shields for front-liners and provide them with the necessary equipment to keep them safe as they fight COVID-19.
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Health Systems

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Malaysia

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Problem

Hundreds of thousands of citizens across Malaysia are risking their lives every second on the front lines to help minimize Covid-19. The lack of face shields exposes these individuals to the virus and increases the possibility of further spreading the virus to others. Face shields alone do not provide 100% protection, however, when used with N95 or surgical masks the front liners receive full-face protection. The estimated need for this equipment is up to 40,000 units per month per hospital.

Police officers, military, volunteering personnel, doctors, nurses, hospital staff, screening officials, cleaners and many more heroes are playing a part in making sure the country stays safe. It is our duty to return the favour. How are we going to do that?

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Solution

The sheer number of requests that we received for PPE’s lead to the realization that we alone would not be able to support all frontliners across Malaysia.

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”. Our solution is simple. Engage our community and activate our collective potential.

A decentralised platform allows for numerous partners to join together in a network of communication and collaboration, whereby all members are able to leverage from each other’s resources, knowledge, expertise and tools to ensure communal impact.

We alone do not have the capacity to provide for the whole country, however, through strategic communications and the collaborative mindset of the Malaysian maker movement and their motivation and drive, the whole country can mobilize to ensure our front liners are well equipped.

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Malaysia