Local Manufacturing of Medical Supplies in Northwest Syria economic-wellbeing

Building up the needed supply chain of Personal Protective Equipment using open source designs and local manufacturing

Open source designs, local manufacturing, and business support can enable a localized supply chain of critical medical equipment while also supporting the market and providing income to families in economic need due to the conflict and COVID-19.
Filter by status
Design
Test
Scale

Local Manufacturing of Medical Supplies in Northwest Syria is at the Design Research stage

economic-wellbeing

Local Manufacturing of Medical Supplies in Northwest Syria

Open source designs, local manufacturing, and business support can enable a localized supply chain of critical medical equipment while also supporting the market and providing income to families in economic...

Find out more

empowerment

Service Delivery for Mobile Populations

Jordan

As people displaced by the Syria crisis begin returning to their homes, new approaches will be needed to deal with the unprecedented scale of returns.

Find out more

empowerment

Urban Housing

Jordan

Rapid urbanization in many parts of the world has led to a great deal of challenges ensuring the availability of adequate housing. In the Middle East, this is coupled by...

Find out more
No projects currently, try another filter

other

Defining and driving innovative finance

Global humanitarian budgets are not keeping pace with our clients’ needs and aspirations. Airbel is designing and testing new approaches to raising finance, and impactful new ways to use funds...

Find out more

other

Financing Refugee Crisis Response

Together with the Centre for Global Disaster Protection, Airbel is working to assess the potential to use risk-based financing approaches to respond to refugee influxes.

Find out more

This project graduated following the Generate Solutions phase

empowerment

Information Flows

Jordan

Displaced people live in challenging circumstances where accurate information can become difficult to obtain. Strengthening information flows can aid in decision-making and make their circumstances easier to manage.

Find out more

empowerment

Placement Algorithm

United States

Airbel is piloting and scaling an innovative machine learning algorithm developed by the Stanford University Immigration Policy Lab that matches refugees in areas where they are likely to thrive when...

Find out more

This project became inactive following the Generate Solutions phase

economic-wellbeing

Trade Accelerator

Focused support for Jordanian businesses to foster rapid growth and help them tap into the European market and hire refugees to do so.

Find out more

This project became inactive following the Generate Solutions phase

health

Virtual Baby

This portable game would let children earn points for raising a happy baby, teaching them about sexual health and nutrition.

Find out more

This project became inactive following the Generate Solutions phase

No projects currently, try another filter

empowerment

Ask Laila

A hotline, SMS, and web-based service to help resettled refugees get quick answers from a trusted local source - in their own language.

Find out more

This project became inactive following the Prototype phase

empowerment

Games for Diversity and Inclusion

Airbel worked closely with colleagues in the Asia Region to prototype approaches to increasing diversity and inclusivity in our workplaces through mechanisms with wide appeal, that can be easily integrated...

Find out more

This project graduated following the Prototype phase

health

Medicine Bank

Jordan

People with low income in Jordan often struggle to access the medicine they need. This solution is aimed at making supply chains more efficient to reduce the cost of pharmaceuticals....

Find out more

health

Mental Health

Jordan

Supporting the mental health needs of displaced people will be crucial to helping them lay the groundwork for future success.

Find out more

health

Micronutrient Condiment

Two billion people are affected by micronutrient deficiencies worldwide. One third of them are children. We aim to introduce an affordable product inspired by existing porridge preparation practices for sale...

Find out more

education

Pop-Up Learning Tanzania

With more students out of school around the world due to COVID-19 than ever before, we need solutions that ensure the hardest-to-reach children receive quality education. The IRC is delivering...

Find out more

health

Sprout

Niger

Over 16 million children under the age of 3 are afflicted by severe acute malnutrition. To pinpoint the most impactful prevention methods, Sprout is experimenting with 3 distinct approaches.

Find out more

This project graduated following the Prototype phase

education

Spark

Tanzania

Spark creates alternative learning spaces outside of refugee camp schools to practice play-based learning and social-emotional skills with primary school children.

Find out more

This project became inactive following the Prototype phase

No projects currently, try another filter

empowerment

IRC Connect

United States

In partnership with Twilio.org, Airbel is developing an SMS-based system to streamline communication between caseworkers and newly-settled refugees as they adapt to their new lives in the United States.

Find out more

This project graduated following the Pilot phase

education

Coach Erevu

Tanzania

Coach Erevu is a virtual teacher coaching program designed to empower teachers to learn and practice social-emotional learning activities that they can use in their classrooms.

Find out more

This project graduated following the Pilot phase

health

Low-Literacy Malnutrition Tools

South Sudan

In hard-to-reach areas local community health workers are key to treating malnourished children. Commonly used tools for diagnosing and treating malnutrition have been adapted to meet the needs of workers...

Find out more

This project graduated following the Pilot phase

education

Pop-Up Learning Bangladesh

Bangladesh

Pop-Up Learning is a computer-assisted learning program, aimed to mobilize quickly and efficiently on the onset of crisis.

Find out more

other

Resettlement Revolving Fund

In this new model for refugee resettlement finance, a self-sustaining fund provides countries with finance for refugee resettlement, and is replenished as refugees fuel economic growth.

Find out more

This project graduated following the Pilot phase

other

SCAN

The Systematic Cost Analysis (SCAN) tool simplifies the process of conducting cost analyses, helping humanitarian and development actors make use of limited resources in a transparent and effective way.

Find out more

education

Tunakujenga

Tanzania

Tunakujenga is a family learning program designed to empower caregivers to engage in nurturing and playful parenting to support their children’s social and emotional development.

Find out more

This project graduated following the Pilot phase

No projects currently, try another filter

education

EmpaTeach

Tanzania

EmpaTeach is a project that aims to reduce corporal punishment in low resource settings by helping teachers learn positive discipline methods, change destructive thought patterns, and plan ahead for positive...

Find out more

safety

Modern Man

Liberia

Modern Man is a mobile messaging campaign that engages men with an aspirational and positive masculine identity to prevent intimate partner violence. It sends SMS messages to men who have...

Find out more
No projects currently, try another filter

safety

Becoming One

Uganda

Becoming One is a counseling program designed to bring couples closer and prevent intimate partner violence. The program is delivered in partnership with local faith leaders, who guide couples through...

Find out more

health

ComPAS: Combined Protocol for Acute Malnutrition Study

The current malnutrition treatment is inaccessible for 4 out of 5 acutely malnourished children globally. A new combined approach is simpler, less expensive, & offers more comprehensive treatment, with the...

Find out more

economic-wellbeing

Match

Jordan

Working to counter the high rates of unemployment that follow mass displacement, the Match project in Jordan is testing a set of new innovations for placing vulnerable populations and refugees...

Find out more

education

Ahlan Simsim

In this historic effort, IRC and Sesame Workshop have partnered to help children whose lives have been uprooted by the war in Syria to build brighter futures.

Find out more
No projects currently, try another filter

In Syria, disrupted supply chains have made it difficult to procure health supplies. Across Northern Syria, there were 85 attacks on health facilities last year alone. It is anticipated that COVID-19 will have a devastating impact on already stretched health systems, where it was last reported that there were only 105 ICU beds and 30 adult ventilators available. The Northwest Syria health and supply chain teams have had difficulty procuring Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at the start of the outbreak, as most supplies come across the border with Turkey and, like many countries, Turkey implemented export restrictions on PPE and other COVID-19 supplies. Procuring inside Syria, it has been difficult to find products of high quality or that exactly meet the needed specifications for safe protection.

The IRC is exploring local manufacturing of PPE and medical devices in northwest Syria, working with Open Source Medical Supplies. Innovations like open source communities of practice, local manufacturing, and technologies from 3D printing to sewing machines, combine to offer a new model of procurement for the humanitarian sector. In partnership with IRC’s economic recovery teams in the region, this program can build up the local supply chain of critical medical equipment needed by IRC health partners while also providing income to families in dire economic need due to the conflict and COVID-19.

In recent years, the local manufacturing and the “maker movement” has begun to cross over into humanitarian supply chains. Organizations like Field Ready have demonstrated the cost-effectiveness of local manufacturing, with savings of up to 90% in the Nepal earthquake response for basic medical supplies like fetascopes. They make the case that “local manufacturing of aid supplies – using both high-tech and low-tech methods – provides an opportunity to create business models that can realize substantial cost savings compared to conventional procurement of finished products via international supply chains.”

Currently, we are trying to fully define the problem, to diagnose the support that local manufacturers might need. This might include product support like templates, instructions and training materials; quality control and assurance support, to ensure the produced goods meet the standards needed by IRC; placing an order and guaranteeing purchase; or the financial support like business grants to finance the purchase of local materials, machine maintenance, soap and sanitation materials.

We anticipate that, initially, we will purchase PPEs at an agreed market price for use in local IRC programs. As production grows, we’ll test demand from other purchasers, including hospitals, and the local business community. The IRC will also link with other NGOs and community-based organizations that would be interested in procuring PPE from clients. If there is adequate demand, we’ll explore routes to help our enterprises scale to supply this larger market.

December 2020 | Begin production of one PPE product

Dependent on funding, test production and our quality assurance system by beginning to produce one PPE item identified in Phase 1.

August 2020 | Phase One begins

  • Develop a paper prototype for this form of procurement and service delivery modality.

  • Research health sector needs, available skills, equipment, and materials, to decide on an initial PPE item.

  • Iterate on the open source product designs with IRC’s supply team to define quality standards and ensure we have a system in place to maintain quality control.

The Airbel Impact Lab at IRC is a team of researchers, strategists and innovators committed to the accelerated design, rigorous evaluation and cost-effective scaling of the most impactful solutions supporting people affected by crisis.