The Academy is mobilising African entrepreneurs from its Africa Prize and Leaders in Innovation Fellowships programmes to address the consequences and impacts of COVID-19 in their communities.

Project CARE (COVID-19 African Rapid Entrepreneurs) will support engineering entrepreneurs to make and supply personal protective equipment that can be used effectively in healthcare facilities in sub-Saharan Africa.

It will bring together exceptional engineers to support the response to COVID-19 in Africa by delivering:



  • Encouraging over 40 engineering entrepreneurs to develop the skills needed to manufacture face masks and visors, and then sell them to local health facilities.



  • Ensuring that all PPE meets adequate standards and quality for protecting clinical staff from COVID-19 as far as is reasonably practicable, recognising that this is a global crisis with severe supply chain disruptions.



  • Connecting partners to increase the supply of PPE in collaborating countries by encouraging scale-up of the operations, building strong local networks and ecosystems, and facilitating replication by others.


User support

  • Supporting the users of the equipment with appropriate protocols and training materials to maximise the chances of safe PPE usage and disposal.



  • Measuring impact on the capacity of the entrepreneurs and, where practical, getting evidence of the benefit of PPE in reduction of infection and saving of the lives of medical and other staff.


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