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Golden West Humanitarian Foundation is temporarily shifting focus from landmine clearance to assisting frontline Cambodian healthcare workers.
PHNOM PENH—Non-government organization Golden West Humanitarian Foundation announced on Monday that will shift the focus of its production facility to making medical face shields for healthcare workers.
Ordinarily the Golden West Humanitarian Foundation creates personal protective equipment for the safe removal and disposal of landmines, but in light of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the NGO has decided assist where possible.
“We are making them right here in Phnom Penh and donating them free of charge to the Ministry of Health for use in public hospitals,” said Allen Dodgson Tan, Director of Applied Technology at the NGO.
“We are donating our first batch of 100 units today and will produce 50 a day from now until they are no longer needed,” he said.
“This is a story of Cambodians helping ourselves,” Tan exclaimed.
The design for the mask was approved by the Czech Ministry of Health and was tweaked to fit the needs of local Cambodian requirements. It is made using 3D printing technology with locally sourced plastic and elastic, and is assembled by Cambodian engineers.
On March 30, the Ministry of Health confirmed four new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 107 in Cambodia. So far, 23 people have recovered from the disease and there have been no fatalities.