The Ventilator Challenge is a competition to offer a realistic path to volume production for a brilliant home-grown SA ventilator design. This is via a relationship with Denel, who are working with the SA Department of Health in this regard.

Peter Alkema, created his prototype of an emergency wooden ventilator using a vacuum cleaner, plastic box, small motor, plywood and other household/workshop items.

His design is a negative pressure ventilator based on the 1950s iron lung design and would only be used in an emergency when there is no other alternative to keep someone alive. Generally, the parts used in this design are what could easily be found in a house.

View the video below of his design:

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