April 2, 2020

TechWomen Alumna Won't Stop Working Until Facial Masks Are Done

Faten Khalfallah, a 2015 TechWomen Fellow from Tunisia, is on a mission. She recently began designing and 3D printing personal protective equipment for healthcare workers in Tunisia who are caring for patients affected by COVID-19.

Faten is the founder of First Skills Club, a STEM education initiative that introduces Tunisia’s youth to technologies such as mobile apps, robotics, electronics, design, and 3D printing. She moved from her home to the First Skills Club headquarters, alongside her family, in order to make as many face shields as possible. After preliminary trials, Faten began printing the shields; each piece takes slightly over an hour to print and five minutes to join. Already, Faten has been contacted by Yes We Breathe, an initiative that is working to create additional equipment for Tunisian hospitals, as well as local doctors requesting supplies.

Each day, Faten sends the equipment she creates to a local doctor in Sfax who is distributing them to his medical staff. It is her goal to print over 1,000 pieces. Faten has also recruited help from her First Skills Club mentees, who are all working to create mobile apps, awareness videos, androbots that can serve as resources.

“It’s my duty toward my country and my community, and I’m so happy to help and inspire young generation,” says Faten.“I will not stop working.”

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