3D printing medical tools to save lives

3D printing medical tools to save lives

From Crystal Watley Kigoni

I'm raising money for the Usability Field Test of our 3D printed medical tools! We need your help to prove our prototypes are working!

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Update #10

about 1 year ago

We have 4 days and $445 to go! The team leaves THIS WEEK for Lake Zone. Then we will travel to Iringa and Zanzibar to complete our Usability dataset. This feedback from the medical facilities allows for us to use the feedback from the doctors who need the tools most. This is not just an easy task, nor is it possible without a bit of extra support.

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In February, we launched a campaign to show some love to mamas and babies and to design 3D printable medical tools for birthing and basic HIV prevention tool kits. In April, we went to San Francisco and announced the winners.  May and June, we refined the tools and the medical 3D printers and made sets of the tool prototypes (as well as the microscopes). 

In July, we were finalists for a Saving Lives at Birth grant from USAID. Unfortunately, we did not win. August was a whirlwind of grant proposals, and usability test writing and preparation.

Now, we are in September and we need $1,800 as soon as possible for a new printer, for field expenses related to the survey, and volunteers. In total, we need $3,000 in 60 days to keep innovating. For more information visit our website: https://www.voicesofafrica.info 

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Crystal Watley Kigoni posted a new update:
about 1 year ago

Update #10

We have 4 days and $445 to go! The team leaves THIS WEEK for Lake Zone. Then we will travel to Iringa and Zanzibar to complete our Usability dataset. This feedback from the medical facilities allows for us to use the feedback from the doctors who need the tools most. This is not just an easy task, nor is it possible without a bit of extra support.

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Crystal Watley Kigoni posted a new update:
about 1 year ago

Update #9

Voices of Africa Foundation still needs another $610 to be able to do the 3D printed medical tools study in the 4 planned locations. The locations are: Lake Zone, Dar es Salaam, Iringa, and Zanzibar. We used the first donations to deal with the Dar es Salaam hospital studies which will be completed today in Kigamboni. All funds raised have gone to Usability Study tests and every single cent you give us will be recorded, you get a tax deduction, and you become part of something greater than yourself.
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about 1 year ago

Update #8

Fully digital image from our modified 3D printed Waterscope #microscopes. This image is a positive #malaria test from #Dar es Salaam, #Tanzania. We need your help to test this technology in the Lake Zone of Tanzania NEXT week! Donate today #please.

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Crystal Watley Kigoni posted a new update:
about 1 year ago

Update #7

Have a heart and support our ongoing medical tool testing!

Our medical tool kits and 3D printed microscopes have been visiting hospitals in Dar es Salaam and we are getting great feedback. We are nearly finished with our mini maker's space in our Mbezi Beach Volunteer House with 3 Tanzanian made ewaste 3D printers, one M3D, and hopefully soon a Gizmo 3D, Tinkerine and a Ultimaker. Help us fill the budget gaps and build Tanzania's only 3D printing focused makers space! Our tools really will save time, lives, and money at scale.

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Crystal Watley Kigoni posted a new update:
about 1 year ago

Update #6

We are only $325 away from the ability to do our Usability Tests in October and November! Thank you so much for your support! We have 5+ volunteers ready to go to the field, and to prove the potential and value of our 3D printed microscope and tools. One day we hope to see our tools in use in every medical facility regardless of ability to pay to everyone. It is the era of a new scientific revolution in Africa. Join in today! Check out www,voicesofafrica.org for more information.

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Crystal Watley Kigoni posted a new update:
about 1 year ago

Update #5

Today was a WOW kind of day! Crystal was able to sell her beloved scooter in Dar, and to donate $500 towards organizational expenses. That was over half her income for the month of September. If she believes in this enough to do that, would you please believe enough to make a small donation or purchase a product through the Terra Phoenix store? Everyone will receive free thank you 4X6 Swahili girl print for all donors and supporters at the end of the campaign.

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Crystal Watley Kigoni posted a new update:
about 1 year ago

Update #4

Thinking about new office designs and how to get people to understand how close we are to a breakthrough... Maybe rejection letters as wall paper? As encouragement? And a reminder of the mountains we climb to see success.

I got a great one last night. We applied for VC investment of $250,00 and waited 4 weeks to hear if we were accepted. I received a canned response that the proposal had been interesting, but was not accepted. So I wrote back and asked, "What I can I do improve for next time?"
The response: "Even though we were impressed by your partnerships, social media following, and past experience, we feel that eMagine Development (Business name for VOA medical tool designs) is on the earlier side. We’d like to see some additional points of traction (sales pipeline/LOIs, early adopters, pilots, etc.). Please contact us if you have details for the same, now or in the future."

OK. So we are on the right path, investors are interested, but we absolutely need to do these Usability Studies to reduce the risk for investors. I implore you again to make a donation to our campaign or buy an product from our shop on our website.

This research is a necessary and fundamental step in our work to save mothers, children, prevent HIV, and diagnose disease. We have worked so hard just to be at this point. We need your help today to continue.

Also sharing is caring, so please share our project with your network. We believe in miracles. <3

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Crystal Watley Kigoni posted a new update:
about 1 year ago

Update #3

We have started a new Terra Phoenix Store to offer cool East African clothes, accessories, and art to the US! https://voicesofafrica.info/shop/
Our non-profit receives 50% of the purchase price of each product.

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Crystal Watley Kigoni posted a new update:
about 1 year ago

Update #2

Keep VOA teaching and reaching #Tanzania with #3d printing technology today! We are making great progress with designing and preparing to implement the Usability Study, and won't be able to finish this task without your support.

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Crystal Watley Kigoni posted a new update:
about 1 year ago

Update #1

We have made it nearly to 10% of our goal on the first day! Thank you so kindly, this is great news and we are so appreciative. Sharing is caring! $10 from 300 people and we got this!

Let's keep this traction going and see if we can get this all funded in 10 days or less!

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