Makernet Event

On the evening of February 10th, makers in the Health Sector converged at the Gearbox offices to share their inventions which have helped combat some of the issues facing the Health industry in Kenya.
The event was organized by Makernet, a consortium whose main focus is to link makers and maker-spaces to the market.

From left Makernet team Anna Lowe, Andrew Lamb, Michael Gathogo, Jessica Berlin & Gearbox Executive Director Dr. Kamau Gachigi

From left Makernet team Anna Lowe, Andrew Lamb, Michael Gathogo, Jessica Berlin & Gearbox Executive Director Dr. Kamau Gachigi

The purpose of the event was to introduce the just-concluded 4-month pilot project whose highlights included making health devices that could be utilized locally. A similar project is already in operation in Nepal.

The Makernet team interacting with some of the guests in attendance

The Makernet team interacting with some of the guests in attendance

St. Patrick Health Centre Director Mr. Patrick Maina listens attentively during the Makernet presentations.

St. Patrick Health Centre Director Mr. Patrick Maina listens attentively during the Makernet presentations.

Mechanical engineer Sato explains how his Foetal Heart-Rate Monitor device works during the Makernet event

Mechanical engineer Sato explains how his Foetal Heart-Rate Monitor device works during the Makernet event

Some of the devices they have successfully created include kidney trays, foetal scopes, centrifugal tubes, to name a few. These devices have already been tested out in the field.
St.Patrick Health Care Centre in Kayole and Amua Family Health Clinic in Kajiado have been beneficiaries of this initiative.

Makernet team member Michael Gathogo demonstrates how he makes copies of the kidney trays using acrylic material. (demo)

Makernet team member Michael Gathogo demonstrates how he makes copies of the kidney trays using acrylic material. (demo)