Tarek Loubani

Making open medical hardware


Tarek Loubani

Project: Glia

The goal of this project is to create high-quality, free/open medical devices to increase availability to all.

“Rationale and failure analysis of an open access 3D printed tourniquet, used at yesterday's #Gaza protests. With thanks to @ShuttleworthFdn and @emergencylondon. #3Dprinting #OpenSource #OSHW”

The Big Idea


The quality of any medical intervention is greatly affected by the availability of the tools of the trade - equipment and medicines. For both, the determinants of true access are quality, cost and relevance.

For Tarek Loubani a conflict zone has forced the issue. He decided to apply his medical skills to develop high-quality, low-cost, open-source, universally accessible medical hardware to end the asymmetry of care. He started with a $3 stethoscope that meets the same standards as a $300 one. Through Glia, he is now expanding the pool of designs and testing them in the field.

Why We Funded


We support Tarek because the need is stark and immediate. He has a very specific ability to address it and openness makes a substantial difference to his cause. Rooted in utility and practicality, Tarek’s approach extends beyond creating specific devices, towards enabling independent development post-conflict and post-scarcity.

This is not a challenge that will be solved in a year. However, we believe that in this time Tarek can - and will - make a substantial contribution to improved medical care today, and to our thinking about the nature of ownership of medical equipment and devices for the future.

Tarek’s work focuses on:

  • Re-imagining how medical devices are designed, made, and distributed
  • Developing open hardware processes to create high-quality, universally accessible medical equipment

Funding Breakdown


People
Marketing
Software
Travel
Infrastructure
Training
Office space
Legal

2017

Fellow contribution: $8,717.00
Our contribution: $162,170.04
Total funds: $170,887.04

2018

Fellow contribution: $10,118.60
Our contribution: $139,486.01
Total funds: $149,604.61
Total funding to date:
$320,491.65

Flash Grants


Male
Titus Ferguson
www.unlondon.ca/
Female
Julielynn Wong
medicalmakers.org/