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Explosion in Gaza: MSF Foundation takes action for burns patients

A tragic accidental explosion took place in early March in Gaza, killing many and injuring around 60, including around 30 victims of facial burns. Faced with this situation, the MSF teams on site, in order to be helped in the care of these numerous patients, called on The MSF Foundation who already had experience in making equipment for patients with facial burns in Amman (Jordan) and Port-au Prince (Haïti) since mid-2018.

It is in this context that Rodin4D, a partner of The Foundation for its 3D program, agreed to provide a free 3D scanner, the M4D Scan, along with a latest generation computer to intervene with patients as quickly as possible. Thanks to this material, The MSF Foundation Team, with its expertise in the compression mask created using 3D technology, has trained medical personnel in the fields to scan the patients' faces. 

The scans are then sent to our experts who can process the images received, share their expertise and digitally design compressive masks from a distance, then allowing teams on site to produce them using 3D printers. This use of tele-expertise is essential and promising, especially in areas where specialists are scarce.

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After several weeks of transit, made difficult by restrictions linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, the equipment arrived in Gaza in May and the teams were then able to be trained in the use of the scanner remotely. The project has now been operational for three months, and allows the team to cope with an exceptional influx of patients. 10 of them are now equipped and followed by MSF staff, and 5 new patients will be taken charge of in the coming weeks. Other 5 patients are also on the waiting list to benefit from this program. This support is generally long and complex. 15 patients may not seem like a lot, but that is a number of admission that a French regional hospital could see in a year or more. 

Iyad Al Astal