We are a group of volunteers, gathered under a common vision of saving lives in this COVID-19 pandemic by finding innovative solutions to assist with patient breathing.
Engineers, doctors, designers, 3D printing specialists, and programme managers from across a host of industries (including mining) collaborated to develop innovative respiratory and non-invasive ventilator solutions that would fill the current gaps in respiratory therapy in our resource constrained environments.
The early core team was based in East London where the reality of resource constraints in the Eastern Cape are all too real. The Umoya team now consists of technical and manufacturing capability spread around South Africa. The group has also assisted with multiple national initiatives running to address the shortage of mixers, traditional mechanical ventilators, and other parts as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.