14 May Heroes behind the Masks – #WeAreOne Face Shield Nova Friburgo
Welcome on board Heroes behind the Shield!
The project – Faceshield Nova Friburgo – was developed by professors of UFF (Universidade Federal Fluminense) and UERJ (Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro) in Nova Friburgo along side with Persona 3D company, in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The chief researcher of the project Edgard Poiate (Professor at UERJ/IPRJ) tells: « In the week of March 15, I started thinking about how an engineer could help during the pandemic. I saw several initiatives in the world, from the production of alternative Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the attempt to design, build, test, validate respirators, within an unworkable timeframe.
It was on the 21st that the final “push” occurred. My friend, Jano Alves de Souza (doctor and professor at UFF), who invited me to help develop a facial protector, along with the news received by my wife Isis Poiate (professor at ISNF / UFF) of the first death of a Dental Surgeon due to the lack of adequate PPE for COVID-19. »
We took advantage of the cities industrial park as well as academic potential to develop partnerships between universities and industries. The result was a large scale production of Face Shields to effectively protect healthcare professionals in Nova Friburgo, the mountainous region of the state of Rio de Janeiro and also to any part of Brazil or the world, free for everyone.
The production of facial protectors is exclusively non-profit and will be entirely donated to health institutions to mitigate a shortage of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for these professionals.
Various healthcare professionals have tested and approved the equipment. The product consists of three parts: the frontal support, the visor and a posterior elastic.
The manufacture of the components is collaborative. Different partners are in charge of manufacturing each one of the components and the raw materials were all donated to the project.
Within one month, we were able to distribute over 24,000 Faceshields an we estimate donating over 85,000 by the end of the project.
Together we are taking care of the health professionals, who fight in the frontlines against the Pandemic.