A Syrian Engineer Invents Portable Respirator to Support Corona's Response Efforts

The outbreak of the novel Coronavirus has sparked a health crisis that in turn has unleashed an unprecedented deployment resources. The scientific and technology communities have put their full weight behind finding solutions that help mitigate the impact of the pandemic…

Engineer Ali al-Bakir, owner of a startup “ AVXW Make-Future” electronic prosthetics company at IT and communication incubator of the Syrian Computer Society ( SCS) in Lattakia province has invented a portable respirator to help support the health sector’s efforts for confronting the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

“In recent weeks, numerous resource and knowledge –sharing initiatives have come to the fore. The sudden emergence and rapid spread of a novel Coronavirus offers insights into how innovation and technology have equipped us better in handling public health emergencies and containing the spread of diseases” Eng. al-Bakir said in a statement to the Syriatimes e-newspaper.

He underlined that the invention came about, due to the current circumstances, with the aim of meeting the needs of the efforts to confront the Coronavirus and support the health sector, particularly since the sanctions imposed on Syria have hindered the procurement of medical equipment.


Al-Bakir pointed out that he constructed the prototype of his invention using local materials and technologies and tests on it will begin on Sunday with the possibility of adding new modifications to the respirator’s performance.

He made it clear that the invention can control the amount of airflow and has a safety valve in case pressure exceeds the maximum required amount, in addition to the ability to control the number of breathing cycles per minute.

On her part, Eng. Maryam Fayyoud, Head of the SCS’s branch in Lattakia stressed to the Syriatimes the key role of the SCS’s IT and communication incubator in supporting the scientific researches and projects that contribute effectively in supporting the sustainable development.

She highlighted the importance of this innovation, which comes in the framework of employing energies and capabilities to find innovative solutions and invent advanced devices and technologies that support the health sector's efforts to tackle the Corona virus..

It is noteworthy to mention that Eng. al-Bakir’s medical project on the electronic limb had got a gold medal at the 19th Al-Bassel Exhibition for innovation and creativity.

Interviewed by: Rawaa Ghanam