COVID-19 Response: Kijenzi is playing a key role in the manufacturing response to COVID-19
COVID-19 is a global pandemic. Early models predict 40 million deaths in Africa and a peak hospital load in mid/end May in Kenya.
Traditional supply chains are failing around the world, and some supplies are quickly becoming unobtainable in the region. To combat the spread and effects of COVID-19, hospitals and other institutions need key equipment to keep serving the public. While conventional methods of supply may not able to meet these needs fully, digital manufacturing enables a distributed, localized manufacturing response that is agile in the face of this crisis.
Kijenzi’s manufacturing hub in Kisumu is responding to this crisis by producing PPE and spare parts for machines.
Kijenzi has already begun to manufacture early stage response items such as touchless door openers. Working with Field Ready and other international organizations, we are taking engineered solutions to the needs of institutions and designing appropriate solutions for western Kenya. We are beginning production of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as face shields, other social distancing aids like the door openers, and spare parts for medical equipment such as tube splitters for dual ventilator use, control knobs, bottle nozzles, and other parts institutions are asking for.
In the next 3 months, as the crush of the pandemic hits Kenya, we will be working with a consortium to make items that hospitals and institutions will need in large numbers (PPE, touchless door openers, ventilator splitters, wash stations, etc.). We are making and delivering parts in an approved clean environment when necessary so that healthcare facilities can use them without contamination.
In the following 3-18 months, the Kijenzi team will focus on getting spares to healthcare facilities and other institutions that no longer have a strong supply chain and have their equipment (medical and otherwise) overwhelmed. This already is the core of the Kijenzi business model, it is just that the need and speed have accelerated considerably. We are moving at lightspeed with a team of about a dozen. Our first products have already begun production.
Kijenzi’s working around the clock on a regional manufacturing response to the COVID-19 crisis.
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