The Foundation contributes to the fight against covid-19

THE MICHEL CREMER Foundation supports a new multidisciplinary collaboration between, physicians, engineers, designers technicians amongst other scientists. This collaboration stems from the “Ecole polytechnique de Bruxelles”, “Fablabs” from the “Univerité libre de Bruxelles” the St-Peter’s Hospital, who all wanted to respond the current need for protections.

Together, these teams have conceived devices and made them available to the medical staff as well as other categories of people at risks, particularly on their work place. These devices aim to allow them to protect themselves and reduces the risk of infection. From the launch of the project, the Foundation took charge of all the supplying logistics as well as the distribution of the masks to the people in need.

@ Do you need masks ?

If you do, please contact the Michel Cremer Foundation at covid@michelcremerfoundation.eu writing precisely :

  • the number of masks you need as well as 
  • your contact information and a phone number to reach you.

These faceshields have been approved by the physicians and hygienists of St-Peter’s Hospital. You will find a sterilization protocol HERE.

You can find an overview of the faceshields HERE, broadcast in the RTBF News Program directed by Thibault Balthazar. 

Prof. Alain Delchambre, Teacher at the “Ecole polytechnique de Bruxelles” and coordinator of the Fablab ULB describes the design and manufacturing process of the devices : here

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@Do you need aprons?

If you do, please contact the Michel Cremer Foundation at covid@michelcremerfoundation.eu writing precisely :

  • the number of aprons as well as
  • your contact information and a phone number to reach you.
Those aprons have been approved by the physicians of the Erasmus Hospital. These “waterproof” aprons are designed to cover the medical staff’s cloth coat.

With the support of a research team, students, alumni and from all the charity workers, we have distributed more than 80 000 “over masks” or faceshields within the last 12 weeks (from 23th of March to 12th of June 2020).

The Foundation covers the expanse of the collaboration and takes care of the logistics support needed for the manufacture and distribution of the masks. They have been given to numerous hospitals ( St-Peters, ULB Erasmus, UZ Brussels, ZN Antwerpen, Bordet, Brugman, Huderf, CHU Epicura of Mons…). In addition, demands keep growing in every regions of Belgium whether from hospitals, palliative care centers, abortion centers, rest homes, general practitioner, nurses, kinesitherapists, dentists,  organizations like “Doctors without frontier” , Doctors of the world, Fédasil, …, youth support services, communes, crèches, police, prisons, social sectors and today schools and educational institutions. We were also happy to help medical teams in Ouagadougou, Doala, Kinshasa through the cooperation structure of the Erasmus Hospital, the Fosfom.

Today, we are able to manufacture 3.000 reusable “faceshields”, 7.500 aprons a day. And we were also able to produce 800 medical gowns.

Our teams have also produced swabs and respiratory valves. 

We want to sincerely thank people that helped us by making donation and gave raw material as well as means of production (3D Printers, laser cutting machines) as well as volunteers who have been involved throughout the project

However, the fight has not ended yet. Numerous needs and demands are not answered to.

We need your support to allow us to continue: by making a donation following via this link or on the account of the Foundation BE 35068910986237 .

It would be also a great help to disseminate our message on social media: here are our Facebook Linkedin, Twitter accounts

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@Owner of 3D printers or Laser Cutting Machines?

If you have a 3D printer or a Laser Cutting Machine, this message is addressed to you. If you have a privileged contact with a “Fablab” or if you know somebody that own such material.

The Free University of Brussels “FabLab” created masks models: printable in 3D or cuttable with a laser cutting machines.: You will find the open source design here.

The idea is very simple:

  • You print or cut masks
  • You deliver them to the FabLab of ULB
  • You communicate to Cecile Sztalberg ( covid@michelcremerfoundation.eu ) the amount of mask you are able to produce as well as the delivery time
  • The Foundation will handle and coordinate the delivery to hospitals and front-line health staff that when they need it

The masks can be delivered to the FabLab, in the former barrack , whose entrance is located at 8 Fritz Toussaint Street – 1050 Ixelles. Access map to the FabLab inside the barrack is available here.

@those who can help us with raw material

If you have raw material or know somebody has:

  • PLA-reel for 3D printer diameter 1.75mm
  • Polypropyleen plate dimensions of 800 mm x 600 mmx 0,8mm thickness
  • plexiglasplate (PMMA-polymetacrylaat methyl) PMMA methyle of polymetacrylate 1000mm x 600 mm x 3mm
  • A4 Plastic sheets of pvc 300mm x 210mm x 0,2mm ( slides A4
  • A4 Bellows envelope
  • Elastic band with button holes
Merci à tous!

@Those who want to provide a financial assistance ?

 If in the beginning of the outbreak, the Foundation was financially able to support the cost of the collaboration by covering the raw material and logistics expanses, the demands are exploding these days, we will not be able to cover the totality of the expanses made. 

If you wish to support our action, you can make a donation to the Foundation: it could allow us to buy the raw material to produce the masks. With a 5 euros donation, the Foundation commits in giving 2 masks to diverse institutions through the country. 

Donation are tax deductible from 40 euros by writing donation in the bank transfer communication field.

  • Either on the account : Belfius BE35 0689 1098 6237- BIC GKCCBEBB
  • Or by following this link

We will get through these challenging times. Thanks to all for your support and help, no matter how small

Pictures, note of thanks, press articles : click here

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