Engineers Without Borders USA — COVID-19 Hospital Equipment

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Grant Investigators: Chris Somerville and Heather Youngs

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Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $250,000 to Engineers Without Borders USA, in collaboration with the University of San Carlos, to support the design, testing, production, and distribution of low-cost personal protective equipment and ventilators to hospitals throughout Guatemala. The equipment will help hospitals in Guatemala and other low-income countries safely and effectively treat COVID-19 patients.

This follows our May 2019 support. It falls within our work on scientific research, specifically within our interest in science supporting biosecurity and pandemic preparedness.

Engineers Without Borders USA — Off-Grid Refrigeration Challenge

Community members in Panama learn to cut and thread galvanized iron pipe. (Photo courtesy of EWB)

Grant investigators: Heather Youngs and Chris Somerville

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The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $500,000 over two years to Engineers Without Borders USA to support the Affordable Off-Grid Refrigeration Challenge. The competition will seek to develop proof of concept prototypes for refrigerators and ice-makers that have the potential to provide sustainable and affordable refrigeration for off-grid, developing world communities. Engineers Without Borders USA believes that affordable off-grid refrigeration will help reduce illnesses and deaths from vaccine-preventable diseases, food poisoning, and malnutrition, and that making refrigeration more widely available will also diminish food waste, enable small farmers to grow higher value crops, and reduce the burden on women by eliminating the need to travel to the market daily for perishable food.

This discretionary grant falls within our work on scientific research, specifically within our interest in advancing human health and wellbeing.