3 Young Ghanaian Engineers Win International Ventilator Challenge

Ms Patience Nortey of Team Marvel at work

A team of three young engineers from Ghana has won the Field Reader Ventilator Challenge.

The winning project was designed by Team Marvel, made up of Ms Patience Nortey, Ms Nelly Appertey and Mr Ishmael Asare.

Their design uses a stepper motor to control a retractor belt to compress an Ambu bag.

Students and alumni from Field Ready’s employability programmes in Mozambique and Ghana competed to design a simple, practical and scalable ventilator as a positive response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

When the competition started there were just 34 ventilators in Mozambique and 75 in Ghana.


Sixteen teams comprising 56 male and female engineers took up the challenge with five teams based in Mozambique and nine from Ghana. With competitors at home under pandemic restrictions, Field Ready saw the opportunity to leverage the talents of current and past students to do something amazing. While they all had an engineering background, none had previous experience of designing ventilators.

Field Ready engaged 25 leading engineering and scientific experts from around the world as team mentors and judges, with the final judging taking place on April 29.Advertisement

The expert panel was made up of leading figures from government, industry and academia from eight countries and included ventilator design project teams from M.I.T E-Vent, Virgin Orbit, Texas A&M and University of California Irvine Bridge Ventilator, Cranfield University and Georgia Tech Bag Valve Mask (BVM) ventilator, EPCM Holding’s ventilator, Kahanu ventilator and SEAT’s OxyGEN ventilator.

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