The UMOYA project was born during the COVID-19 pandemic and the realization that there is a large gap in South Africa (as in other developing countries) in the provision of respiratory care and treatment necessary during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The desire to help alleviate this shortage of respiratory care and treatment led a core group of individuals to voluntarily use their diverse skills, experience, and capabilities to establish a collaborative network across South Africa.
The initial gap was foreseen by our team’s doctors Craig Parker and Brendan Toy, who are based at the ICU and anaesthetic departments of state hospitals in the Eastern Cape. Their input, together with medical Professors and medical colleagues during design and testing was critical to our developing a viable solution.
The team consists of mechanical engineers, doctors, mechanical designers, systems engineering experts, and 3D printing experts. The proof of this team’s capability is the agile approach that has been able to rapidly iterate through multiple concepts and designs to come up with a working prototype within 2 weeks and a finalized design within 7 weeks.