Pierre Moreau, clinical coordinator of the project, presents the evolutions and perspectives of the 3D program developed by The MSF Foundation in Jordan and Haiti.
Discover the 5 steps in the manufacture of a compression mask, from diagnosis to patient follow-up. This process is made possible by telemedicine and access to 3D technology.
Watch the presentation video of the 3D program in Gaza, with the interview of Abed El Hamid Qaradaya, MSF Physiotherapy Activity Manager in Gaza.
In Gaza, after sending the necessary equipment on site, and training field teams in the use of 3D technology, the project has now been operational for three months, and makes it possible 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 in the coming weeks.
A terrible accidental explosion took place in early March in Gaza, killing many and injuring around 60, including around 30 burned in the face.
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, and a latest generation computer to intervene with patients as quickly as possible. Faced with the shortage of specialized medical personnel in the field, this equipment will allow our teams to scan the patients' faces, send the scans to experts who can process the images received, share their expertise and fashion compressive masks from a distance so that the teams on site then only have to print them using 3D printers. This use of tele-expertise is essential and promising, especially in areas where specialists in equipment are scarce.
After several weeks of transit, made difficult by restrictions linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, the equipment arrived in Gaza and the teams there were able to be trained remotely in the use of the scanner.
Tests are underway for the 3D printing of the molds used in the manufacture of the masks, which may benefit our patients in the coming weeks.
To combat Coronavirus, the 3D program in Amman in Jordan has set up remote monitoring of patients, sending them videos of exercises to be performed via a Whatsapp group. Individual sessions are also set up via Skype for people who have specific needs. We have also been able to continue to print compression masks for facial burns patients, despite the temporary closure of our usual partner, by developing a new partnership with the Tecklab in Amman.
At Drouillard Hospital in Haiti, the MSF Foundation uses 3D technology to make compression masks for patients with severe facial burns. Élise Tauveron, our physiotherapist, explains to you the benefits provided to patients by this innovation.
Élise is a physiotherapist assigned to the MSF Foundation’s 3D program.
Up to the 20th of January 2020, she conducted a mission of one and a half months in Port-au-Prince (Haiti) to train the physiotherapy team in the use of 3D technology to make equipment for patients with facial burns.
Samar, our 3D supervisor in Amman (Jordan), gives a review of our patients: in addition to those already in the care pathway, 24 others are on the waiting list.
We are therefore currently expanding the structure to meet an ever-growing need.
See Noor, aged 7, at Amman Hospital (Jordan) trying on for the first time his facial compression mask manufactured using 3D technology.
We followed Hanan, aged 4, equipped with a 3D printed prosthetic.
At the end of January, the project team went to the “Arab Health Exhibition and Congress” in Dubai and then a few days later to the "Rodin4D Users Days" in Bordeaux attended by international prosthetics specialists.
Participation in conferences and our public speaking in general facilitate sharing of experience.
The Economist reports on our 3D prosthetics printing project in Amman (Jordan)