Our country has been placed under a state of calamity and we are all asked to stay at home due to #COVID19. The number of confirmed cases though still continue to rise.
The need for a robust response to this health crisis is needed. NOW, more than ever!
Each day, one hospital in the Philippines needs up to 500 personal protective equipment: face shields, masks, gloves, and isolation gowns to protect our health workers and lessen their chances of getting infected. Unfortunately, our hospitals struggle to get the bare minimum required on a daily basis due to the shortage of medical supplies globally.
The Philippine Medical Association confirmed that 17 doctors have already died after being exposed while more are currently under quarantine.
Every minute, the lives of each of our frontliners are at stake.
In Negros Occidental, a unified response led by Technological University of the Philippines-Visayas (TUPV) and the Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation (NWTF) aims to continuously produce protective face shields made from 3D printers, filaments and acetate.
Face shields that when properly disinfected can be reused, making them last longer.