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Uganda, Congo (Ospedali di Lacor e Kenge)
Solidarity, Civic, Education
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Help African hospitals to produce orthopedic prosthetics and essential spare parts through the use of recycled plastic.

All or nothing
Goal: 22,900€


Help African hospitals to produce orthopedic prosthetics and essential spare parts through the use of recycled plastic.

All or nothing
Goal: 22,900€

The project


A team made up of fifteen students from Massimiliano Massimo Institute, located in Rome; together with the help of twenty volunteers and sixty-nine additional students from “Making 3D printers” class, will provide two African hospitals with a 3D print “mini factory” for producing prosthetics and spare parts by exploitingplastic waste (e.g., bottle caps, containers).

The mini factory is made up of:

  • A shredder to reduce plastic in pellets,
  • An extruder that melts pellets creating a filament,
  • A 3D printer for large size objects and 2 service printers for smaller objects,
  • A system for 3D acquisition
  • 2 PCs and a database of 3D objects to print,
  • A spare part set and tools
  • Documentation and tutorials

The hospitals we have chosen to provide our mini-factories are located in Gulu (Uganda) and Kenge (Congo).We have chosen these location due to the level of difficulty locals encounter to acquire prosthetics and the high costs they are forced to bear if they manage to get their hands on the product.

Lacor Hospital is the biggest non-profit facility in Uganda, helping more than 250.000 people every year.

In the Kenge Caritas center there is only one physician (Chiara Castellani) for 150.000 people in 5.000 square kilometers.

Why did we decide to do this project ?

According to WHO (World Health Organization), more than 20 million people worldwide are currently in need of prosthetics, yet only the 2% of those people receive the necessary help. Furthermore up to 80% of humanitarian aid budget is absorbed by logistics and expeditions costs in the focused areas.

The United Nations (UN) thus recommends manufacturing should happen directly in the affected area exploiting 3D printing technology.

The benefits are huge:

  • the costs of prosthetics are reduced from the current $ 300 in Africa ($ 3,000 in other areas) to less than $ 10;
  • hospitals no longer have to wait months to get spare parts saving resources that can be used to patients: they will be able to build the required parts by themselves. For example the cost of transportation from the airport to the Lacor Hospital is equivalent to a 7 month nurse’s salary;
  • the recycling of plastics is promoted, thus cleaning up the environment and creating new job opportunities.

How We Use Funds Collected Through Eppela

By succeedingto collect € 22,900 (= 25,550 US $) through this campaign, we will buy, build and put to function in Africa a complete mini factory consisting of:

  • plastic-shredder: it reduces caps / cans / tubes into pellets (Filamaker mini XXL Shredder + accessories 699 + 40 €)

  • extruder: it producesplastic filaments from pellets (Noztek Pro + Winder€ 1,930)

  • professional 3D printer (in kit adapted for Africa): it produces plastic objects up to a print volume of 40 cm x60 cm H (EWE Olympia, € 5,978)

  • 2 X 3D printers kits adapted for Africa which can be converted into CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machines for printing / carving small objects (3Drag Futura Electronics € 900)

  • 2 notebooks for the design of plastic products (ASUS with carbon structure € 1823)

  • 3D scanner to design and scan prosthetics and spare parts (3D Systems 3D Scanners Sense € 442)

  • 2 UPS against over voltages (1400VA APC Back € 298)

  • tools, consumables and spare parts for the previous devices (mechanical-electronic components, testers, PLA / HDPE plastic for the initial training prints ... € 1,709)

  • shipping charges, packaging customs clearance (about € 6,180)

  • reward expenses (shipments + consumables) (979 €)

  • bank charges (€ 525)

  • Eppela charges (€ 1,397)

By reaching€ 45,800 (= 51,100 US $ ) we will send an identical mini factoryin Congo.

If we exceed € 45,800 we will send identical mini factories in other African no profit hospitals which demand these systems.
The needed € 22,900 are equal to the sum of on-listed expenses (prices updated at Feb, 2016).
The materials will be assembled and adapted for free by our volunteers to be effective in the African context. The rewards will be prepared free of charge by our volunteers.
The statement of expenses will be constantly updated and published (details on our website) as well as the bank statement devoted to this project, reporting any changes as compared to the above costs.

About us

We are 15 students between the age of 15 and 17 of the Crowd4Africa course at M. Massimo Institute located in Rome, managed by Jesuit fathers.
We work together with a team of 20 voluntary professionals and parents from industry, academy, school, health care and third sector.

We are also supported by 69 children and 40 parents of the
Making 3D Printers course: this course teaches students between the age of 8 and 15how to design in 3D and build their own 3D printer. Teachers are voluntary professionals who, each year, plan and implement advanced technology courses for young students. Last year, for example, Making Drones course taught60 students to build and fly their own professional drone (link a Rai1 Video e Tg1).

The Legal Project entity is the Istituto M. Massimo, a private school founded in 1873, attended by 1000 students from nursery school up to high schools. The school is now in Via M. Massimo, 7-00144 Rome – Italian Vat Number: 01007531005 www.istitutomassimo.it).

The team of voluntary professionals who organized the campaign for free consists of:

Claudio Becchetti, Mba, PhD, P. Sergio Cavicchia SJ.,

Crowdfunding: prof. Marco Carli PhD, Giuliano Zorloni

Technology development Fabio Topani, Giuseppe Santangelo, Fausto Poletto,

Graphic design, Events: Fabrizio Olati

Volunteer associations: Gianpiero Guerrieri,

Company and technical advisor: Dante Dessena,

Making 3D Printers course: prof. Federica Pascucci PhD,

Laura Passamonti, Paolo De Gregorio, Marco De Palma,

Student relations: prof. Francesco Zito, PhD,

Medical advisor: Dr. Roberto Aufieri,

Media: Renato Reggiani,

Safety and Security: Augusto Reggiani,

Legal advisor: Giovanna De Maio.

Photo Gallery

Crowd4Africa students

Preparing crowdfunding campaign

Students building 3D printers: Primary school course

Secondary school course

Roadshow event

From bottle caps to prosthetics: the simplified process
Starting from bottle caps

Caps into the shredder



Flakes into filament extruder

Filament production

The filament from pink caps

3D Printing

Prosthetics from caps

Our beneficiaries

Lacor Hospital - Uganda

In Northern Uganda, there is a hospital that represents the only hope for recovery and salvation for millions: Lacor Hospital, a structure able to take in and treat over 250,000 patients every year and 6,000 assisted deliveries per year. Many of these patients are children and women, those hit hardest by poverty, malnutrition and the extremely harsh conditions they are forced to live in. Founded as a small missionary hospital in 1959, 50 years of work, and the forward-thinking management of Piero and Lucille Corti have enabled St. Mary’s Hospital Lacor to become a landmark for the 500,000 inhabitants of the district. Lacor Hospital is supported by the Fondazione Corti created by Piero Corti and Lucille Teasdale, the two doctors who worked at Lacor Hospital for over 40 years realizing the Hospital and saving thousands of lives.

The Caritas Centre of Kenge (Congo) is the other reality that we wish to help.

The manager is Dr. Chiara Castellani, an Italian voluntary doctor specialized in gynecology and obstetrics whose activity has long been supported by the M. Massimo Institute. Within the Kenge-Kiwani health facility, Dr. Castellani, in collaboration with her trainees, works at the fore front as the only physician for 150,000 inhabitants of a vast area of 5,000 square km. Every day, the Centre fights against AIDS by raising awareness among patients about the use of medicines necessary to slow the course of the disease, medicines obtained after years of obstacles and now finally accessible.

We will follow the starting of the project in the two sites and will spread all project information in open source license to allow other organizations to replicate / improve the project.

Lacor Hospital

Hospital wards

Chiara Castellani

Chiara Castellani helps 38 health centres spread in an area wider than Belgium

Main Projects: Kenge Kiwani medical centre, Pregnancy & Childbirth Services centers, medical care to Kenge prison, scholarships for doctors and nurses, collecting materials to equip birthing and surgery rooms.


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Project created by

Istituto M. Massimo

Institute M. Massimo

Jesuits School founded in 1873 with about 1,000 students.
Inside the school, a team of volunteers (professionals, parents and teachers) has been organizing for several years innovative open source free courses to leverage skills of students aged 8 to 18 years.

Uganda, Congo (Ospedali di Lacor e Kenge)
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