Until recently, staff at the health clinic in Bhotechaur village, in Nepal’s Sindhupalchowk region, had no way to examine their patients’ ears for signs of infection.
While otoscopes might be a common medical item in the West, for remote mountain hospitals in Nepal, sourcing such equipment can be next to impossible.
But when Nepalese engineer Ram Chandra Thapa heard about the problems facing the Bhotechaur clinic, he realised he could offer a simple solution.
He specialises in 3D printing, so he designed and printed a plastic otoscope.
“All the doctors and medical practitioners … they are happy with our [3D-printed] equipment,” Mr Thapa said.
“The items that we develop using 3D printers are cheaper, and they can be made in the field.”
Mr Thapa works for Field Ready, a US-based non-profit organisation that specialises in 3D printing plastic equipment for humanitarian and emergency situations.
By Nick Parkin | ABC (AU)
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