we breathe

Helping people breathe and saving lives through Africa-friendly, open source breathing

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Our Partners & Supporters

- We would like to recognise the following organisations and people for supporting Kufema Zimbabwe -

Debbie Murrell


Protonics (Pvt) Ltd

Chris Birkett

William Pacey

Blue Ocean

and many, many more including all our wonderful volunteers and sponsors through GoFundMe

The Kufema Mission

Our primary objective is to save lives by helping people breathe in Zimbabwe.

Kufema’s work currently has 2 areas of focus:


Our engineers are focused on building Africa-friendly, open source ventilators. These are low cost, designed to help people in critical respiratory distress. The first prototype of the Kufema ventilator – based on MIT’s open source E-Vent design – is currently undergoing medical testing.


CPAPs, or Continuous Positive Air Pressure machines, are another route for helping people who are in need of oxygen to breathe more easily. The Kufema team is working with engineers and other professionals to identify the best option for producing a locally available product.

Kufema remains agile in its response to emerging priorities as COVID-19 evolves and its impact
on Zimbabwe becomes known. While our specific focus may adapt to meet those needs, Kufema
is firmly committed to saving lives by helping people breathe.

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How it all started

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Like most nations, Zimbabwe found itself unprepared for the rapid transmission and severity of COVID-19.
Prevailing economic challenges, limited and outdated infrastructure and a lack of immediate access to healthcare resources exacerbate the country’s vulnerability in light of a pandemic. Kufema remains agile in its response to emerging priorities as COVID-19 evolves
and its impact on Zimbabwe becomes more clear.

Kufema Zimbabwe is an active member of the COVID-19 Citizens Response Roundtable, the National COVID Case Management Committee, & is working in partnership with other coordinating parties to ensure efficient and effective use of resources in the joint national response.

About US

Kufema Zimbabwe is a citizen-led, non-profit collaboration established in March 2020. Inspired by the Shona word for “breathe“,
Kufema’s mission at its core is to save lives by building & distributing Africa-friendly, open source breathing equipment
(such as ventilators and assisted breathing machines). The Kufema team of volunteers is made up of over 650 partners
including individuals, universities, technical institutes, government departments & companies. 


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