It’s been two years since Nepal’s devastating earthquake, and its effects are still felt today. As communities try to rebuild and people cope with loss, Field Ready, a U.S. non-profit organization, hopes to help Nepalese doctors and patients using 3-D mobile printing technology in underserved clinics.
In some areas, clinicians don’t even have simple tools to help treat patients. Due to poor roads, government red tape, and lack of funds, sometimes it’s hard to get a tweezer. Also, supplies come from industrial nations like China and India where it’s hard to get anything other than a bulk order that’s not necessary for such a small population. As a result, that single tweezer might take two-to-three months to get to the patient who needs it.
Mobile health tech solutions are well suited for humanitarian efforts because they can be taken anywhere from war zones to developing nations, and even to the remote mountainous regions of Nepal, where Field Ready’s printer creates tools quickly.
In addition to tweezers, they’ve printed and are testing fetoscopes, wrist braces and umbilical clamps using the 3-D printer and plastic-mold injection. According to a Field Ready worker, the doctors are happy with the final products and are finally able to treat ear infections thanks to the 3-D printed otoscopes.
There are only nine 3-D printers in the entire country, which engineers transport from place to place, but Field Ready wants to install the printers in the clinics.