Many children in the Gaza Strip have experienced war and violence and have suffered severe facial burns. The scars affect them for life, both physically and emotionally.
Doctors Without Borders treats affected children in a hospital in the Gaza Strip. Using 3D printing, they produce individual masks made of plastic that protect the patients’ faces in advance. Unlike traditional bandages, the face remains visible while scars are allowed to heal.
3D printing allows the masks to be customized to the patient’s anatomy and needs. This makes them significantly less expensive than mass-produced prostheses. With the help of digital imaging and various plastics, Doctors Without Borders can thus produce customized aids.
Originally founded in 2006 to treat war casualties in Iraq, the reconstructive surgery program now supports patients from crisis areas throughout the region. 3D printing opens up possibilities that would otherwise require a great deal of effort to achieve.
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