Wednesday, July 22, 2020

A crumb from Afghanistan

In the eastern Afghan city of Herat, 18-year-old high school student Somaya Faruqi puts the finishing touches on a lightweight, low-cost ventilator created by her and six other young women. The girls started work in March on an open-source, affordable ventilator as the pandemic his their war-torn nation.

It took them almost four months to finish the ventilator, and they received help from experts at Harvard University. The device is easy to carry; can run on battery power for 10 hours and costs roughly $700 to produce, compared with about $20,000 for a traditional ventilator.

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