An all-female Afghan robotics team is making ventilators out of car parts to help their homeland with a population of 36.6 million that only has 400 ventilators. Afghanistan’s prize-winning girls’ robotics team, which ranges in age from 14 to 17, are experimenting with two different prototypes, including an open-source blueprint from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The MIT-inspired ventilator’s parts include the motor of a Toyota windshield wiper, batteries, and sets of bag valve masks, or manual oxygen pumps. A group of mechanics assisted in building the frame of the ventilator. Once the ventilator prototype is finished, it will be sent to the Health Ministry for testing.
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According to reports, Afghanistan reported just over 900 coronavirus cases, including 30 deaths, but in actuality is expected to be significantly higher given the short supply of test kits. Western Afghanistan’s Herat province is considered “one of the nation’s hot spots” due to its proximity to Iran, the region’s epicenter of the outbreak.