Fatou Juka Darboe

 Finalist

  The Gambia

Looking for:

  • Business development: Designing of localised solutions and market linkages to access the West African Markets (Senegal, Guinea Conakry, Guinea Bissau, Togo, Benin, Ghana, Côte D'ivoire) 
  • Funding and collaboration: Development of product customizer, getting certifications for the products and developing scalable quality control procedures. 

What is Make3D Medical?

Make3D Medical uses 3D printing to develop and manufacture cost-effective and customised orthopaedic, medical and assistive equipment for medical institutions and their patients.

How does it work?

The company offers both final products and capacity-building packages. It designs and produces devices to treat fractures, such as braces, splints, connectors and spare parts for medical devices. Packages include Make3D Medical hardware and software, training for staff, raw materials, access to a central database of verified 3D designs, design on demand and maintenance. Using the package, medical professionals can develop their own products.

Make3D Medical is the only custom 3D printing medical solution of its kind in The Gambia, using easy to operate technology and medically compliant materials to provide cost-effective and efficient solutions. 

What is the challenge? What is the solution? 

When the Covid-19 pandemic started, Darboe and her cofounder signed a contract with the Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to develop medical devices capable of being manufactured with a 3D printer.

Make3D Medical has identified areas where its devices can be used as an alternative to surgery, and where they can be used to modify existing devices to make them more culturally acceptable, more physician and patient-friendly, and better suited to local climates than Plaster of Paris.

In 2020, Make3D Medical developed more than 20 3D printable devices in cooperation with various partners, included inhaler spacers, humeral braces and Y-connectors. To date, more than 1,000 elements have been manufactured for the medical industry in The Gambia.

“The practice of surgery in resource-limited settings is particularly challenging. We have identified areas where our devices can be used as an alternative to surgery, offering a huge cost saving to patients.”

Juka Darboe, Make3D Medical