Help Get Safety Equipment Faster to Healthcare Workers Serving Native American Communities!
Many types of Advanced Safety equipment and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) can be made by digital fabrication, so when the crisis hit, the New Collar Network sprang into action to help!
We quickly learned from St. Vincent's Hospital in Santa Fe, NM of the huge crisis facing Native American communities in New Mexico and the entire Southwest. This was confirmed by recent news reports about how hard hit the Navajo reservation has been by Covid-19. In fact, on a per-capita basis, the Navajo Nation's infection and death rates are 10 times higher than those in neighboring states.
Working with the Fab Foundation, which oversees the Fab Lab Network founded at MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms, we have been able to secure 2,000 face shields made through a high- speed production process. A thousand of these shields are being shipped to Santa Fe's St. Vincent's Hospital which serves the Pueblos of Northern New Mexico and one thousand are going to the Native hospital at Tuba City, AZ.
In addition we have 3D printed hundreds of surgical mask "ear comfort" extenders for New Mexico hospitals that allow staff who are working extra-long hours to wear their masks with less discomfort.
We have also made small batches of dozens of respirator-style masks for St. Vincent's administrative staff, local food store workers and delivery personnel.
BUT THERE IS MORE WORK TO BE DONE!
We are still trying to avert the PPE shortage, particularly for the facilities that are serving our Native American population, and we need your help to do it. No donation is too small!
Here’s what we can do with your help:
Open Source N95 Mask Initiative with MIT & Stanford
With your donation to this effort, you can provide thousands of pieces of N95 material for respirator masks that will be delivered to St. Vincent's hospital in Santa Fe, NM, as well as to the hospitals and clinics designated for or part of the pueblos and reservations in New Mexico and Arizona.
Utilizing a unique fabrication process, we don't need the expensive tools used in big factories. Plus, our work will support interns from Santa Fe Community College who need these jobs to support themselves and their families.
What we need: We are working to raise $25,000 to purchase startup equipment and materials to begin production and time is of the essence.
Anti-microbial Face Masks
With your help we can also purchase and distribute anti-microbial 3D Printing Filament to New Collar Network fabrication facilities to make face masks for Native American clinics and hospitals. The anti-microbial agent deactivates the Coronavius and studies reported in the New England Journal of Medicine show that the virus is not viable within 4 hours of contact, instead of the normal 72 hours.
Each spool of filament can make approximately 30 masks. In order to meet demand, we need to purchase 250 rolls of Anti-microbial filament which can make about 7500 masks.
What we need: Total cost for 250 spools is about $25,000.
Each $100 we raise will give protection to about 30 healthcare workers who are serving our Native population.
Time is of the essence, so please consider giving now! You'll not only be giving back to our Native American communities, our 501(c)3 ensures a 100% tax-deductible contribution!
Link to Anti-microbial article mentioned above: