At Kabakoo Academies, our communities of learners and volunteers has worked since the inception of the global pandemic for solutions to remediate the spread of the virus and slow down the pace of new infections for populations in the Sahel region.
Kabakoo Academies launched a coalition which coordinated practical solutions on several fronts:
- We have mass produced certified facial cloth masks. From March 2020 until today we have produced around 100,000 certified cloth masks which have been distributed to the greater public and organizations active in the Sahel region such as GERES, Secours Islamique and the European Union.
- We have 3D printed face shields to help medical personnel to treat patients in a safe manner. 50 face shields have been distributed to the CHU du Point G in Bamako, Mali.
- A group of Kabakoo learners is currently building a low-cost open-source ventilator to help patients affected by the covid-19 virus.
- Kabakoo Academies has initiated the "Beat Covid Challenge" in which 8 of the best entrepreneurial initiatives against the pandemic are selected to receive access to Kabakoo Academies modules, access to mentors and up to 15,000€ of grant money.
This challenge has been launched in May 2020 and will continue until January 2021 and is accomplished in collaboration with the European Union delegation in Mali, the Malian government (coordination office for the fight against covid-19) SNV (EJOM MALI), together with academic partners CRI and Universität Paderborn.
As clearly formulated by the WHO in recent publications, we need to find the strength to look beyond our own borders if we want to defend our very basic humanity in this crisis.
The situation in African countries needs as urgent actions and coordinated actions as everywhere else. Many African countries do not have enough resources to care for all patients who are or will suffer from covid-19. Therefore we felt that it is our duty as an education organization for sustainable futures to find solutions locally to slow the spread. Kabakoo Academies has been successful in working together to develop local solutions which are affordable and suitable for use.