From an initial Whatsapp message, to an international response, to a committed team working to help Zimbabwe breathe & save lives, Kufema Zimbabwe is a citizen-led, non-profit collaboration established in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our mission is to save lives by building and distributing Africa-friendly open source ventilators and assisted breathing machines (such as CPAPs). Every breathing machine created has the potential to save lives during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
Like most nations, Zimbabwe is not adequately prepared for the rapid transmission and severity of COVID-19. Prevailing economic challenges, limited and outdated infrastructure and a lack of immediate access to healthcare resources exacerbates the country’s vulnerability in light of a pandemic. Additionally, Zimbabwe has a high proportion of at-risk population, with many in need of food assistance, an insufficient clean water supply, erratic electricity and more than one million people living with compromised immune systems due to HIV.
Across Zimbabwe, engineers, innovators and medical experts are working together to build open source ventilators, oxygen therapy equipment such as CPAP machines, non-rebreather masks & other devices for use by healthcare workers. Our first Kufema ventilator prototype is based on the open source E-vent design from renowned university MIT. The prototype is currently in the process of mechanical and medical testing.
Kufema Zimbabwe is an active member of the COVID-19 Citizens Response roundtable, the National COVID Case Management Committee, and is working in partnership with other coordinating mechanisms to ensure efficient and effective use of resources in the joint national response.
Come and join us as we help to breathe oxygen into our nation’s lungs and show the world we stand together...KUFEMA Zimbabwe...we breathe as one! Please donate to this important mission and visit our website or social media profiles to find out more about our progress and how you can be involved. We couldn’t do this without you.
Thank you! Tatenda! Siyabonga!
- Oliver Heathcote
- Louise Pringle