Researcher UCBM Daniele Bianchi scores Italy for Kisubi

Manufacturing orthotics with very low costs and more flexible materials, which allow a faster recovery especially in children, is now a reality in the Corsu Rehabilitation Hospital in Kisubi, a town about 30 kilometers from the Ugandan capital Kampala. To trace with theagency directore the contours of a project that has put the world of development cooperation online with that of private individuals and research is Daniele Bianchi, technological director of the start-up Medere – which deals with mechanical modeling of prosthetic devices and 3D printing – as well as researcher ofUniversità Campus Bio-Medico di Roma. An open lesson was held on Thursday 30 March in the Aula Magna of the University, organized by CBM Italia and Medere as part of the project "Innovation for Inclusion. Sustainable 3D technology for the inclusion of people with disabilities in Uganda", which also talked about various cooperative activities UCBM

"Corsu Hospital– begins Bianchi- is an excellence in Uganda for rehabilitation nationally and internationally. It had already equipped itself with a laboratory of 3 printers, but for various reasons it was not exploited to its full potential. A year and a half ago, the non-profit organization Cbm Italia, which has been present on site for years, therefore launched an invitation to collaborate together with the Cariplo Foundation and the Compagnia di San Paolo, which we at Medere collected with the 'Innovation for inclusion' project. Sustainable 3D technology for the inclusion of peopleone with disabilities in Uganda'. The result? Now children will be able to have custom-made orthotics at extremely low costs both for the hospital and for the families".

"The project - clarifies the expert, who returned from Kisubi a few days ago - it is not aimed only at minors but of course it has a different impact on children: the material is softer and therefore the child is able to walk and play without feeling pain or discomfort, and therefore the support is kept for the entire time necessary for recovery". Not to mention that "kids get older, so the orthotic needs to be replaced more often."

Thanks to the intervention of Bianchi's team "now the laboratory staff is able to design the orthosis model starting from the anatomical scan, as well as producing it with the 3D printer, thanks to a computer equipped with CAD software with a perpetual license also supplied with the project. We also trained, both remotely and in person, six people - three orthopedic technicians, two specialized nurses and one ingbiomedical engineer - and left manuals that will allow the transmission of these skills to future employees".

In addition to orthotics, Bianchi and colleagues have collected the request for "to produce all those materials that doctors and nurses may need on a daily basis, such as anatomical didactic models or for pre-operative planning, connectors for anesthesia machines, ear protector holders, fracture immobilizers or other supports for bandages and bandages, which in addition to be produced faster now they are made available at low cost".

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