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Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation donates four 3D printing kits to Angola

The Portuguese Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian announced this Thursday that it will donate four 3D printing kits to Angola, part of an offer of 12 that will be donated to higher education, technology or research institutions of the PALOP, allowing for “free availability consumables ”in response to covid-19.

: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian/DR
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian/DR  

“In a more immediate phase, these 'kits' will allow the availability of free health consumables to support the partner health institutions' ability to respond to covid-19,” the foundation said in a statement, adding that “each set is made up by two 3D printers, consumables, distance training and an online support line ”.

According to the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the support aims to bring university and scientific institutions closer to health institutions in African Portuguese Speaking Countries (PALOP), hoping, in the medium term, to “reinforce social innovation initiatives, allowing the availability of this equipment for research, teaching and other pilot initiatives ”.

Angola will receive four of these sets, two of which will be attributed to Luanda (Universidade Agostinho Neto and Instituto Superior Politécnico de Tecnologia e Ciências), one to Benguela (Instituto Superior Politécnico of the University Katyavala Bwila) and one to Mozambique's (Academy of Fisheries and Marine Sciences) Namibe).

Mozambique will receive five sets, distributed by Maxixe (Universidade Save), Nampula (Universidade Rovuma and Universidade do Lúrio), Beira (Faculty of Science and Technology at Zambezi University) and Maputo (Association for the Promotion of Development through Science Training) “Osuwela”).

The Higher Institute of Health Sciences Dr. Victor Sá Machado - University of São Tomé and Príncipe will also receive one of these kits, while the Cape Verdean universities Jean Piaget (Praia) and Técnico do Atlântico (São Vicente) will each receive one. of these sets.