Sudanese initiative for Manufacturing and Maintenance of Ventilators (SIMMVEN)
SIRAJ- Noninvasive Pressure Support Ventilator
Hospital-Grade Mechanical Ventilation
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The challenge-key facts and Figure
In Sudan, from 3 January 2020 to 10:21am CEST, 25 June 2021, there have been 36,574 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 2,750 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 20 June 2021, a total of 629,692 vaccine doses have been administered.
Patients in under-resourced areas cannot be treated by mechanical ventilation given the unaffordable cost of conventional devices; here a low-cost, easy-to-build ventilator with open access details for free replication is designed and tested.
Aim: Current pricing of commercial mechanical ventilators in low-/middle-income countries (LMICs)markedly restricts their availability, and consequently a considerable number of patients with acute/chronic respiratory failure cannot be adequately treated. Our aim was to design and test an affordable and easy-tobuild noninvasive bi-level pressure ventilator to allow a reduction in the serious shortage of ventilators in LMICs.
Our Project SIRAJ- Noninvasive Pressure Support Ventilator
cost-effective medical equipment, such as mechanical ventilators, is likely to greatly increase in those countries. Moreover, mechanical ventilators are costly, which markedly restricts their availability and, consequently, the ability to adequately treat a significant number of patients with both acute and chronic respiratory failure in LMICs.
These issues are all the more evident in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, where even industrialized economies are encountering significant shortages in the number of available ventilators to meet the demands imposed by this disease.