Wasp have had a very successful year, partaking in and overseeing some projects with great causes, and the medical project in Syria is just another example to add to the list. The team at work have been directing their work in a very different direction in the recent years and it is a praiseworthy route to take as they prioritise giving back to communities in need. They embarked upon the mission to collaborate with Syrian cardiologist Jean Bassmaji and Carlo Masgoutiere alongside their team at WASP to aid those most disadvantaged. Bassmaji is the founder of ‘AMAR’ which is the association which was created with the intention to support those who have been disturbed and plagued by war. Additionally, Masgoutiere, is from ‘Arche 3D’, an established company who carry out projects mainly within the sectors of architecture, design, bio-medical and cultural heritage. The trio of associations have come together and remarkably designed and produced one of the first printed 3D prosthesis. The ground-breaking construction took place in a laboratory which was donated to the team by the University of Damascus, in the heart of Syria by WASP and Arche 3D. This was proven to be valuable and beneficial after the tragic event where a young Syrian boy lost his right arm and he was able to be fit with a new prosthetic which imaginably had the ability to provide him with some normality back in his life which much underappreciated and recognised tasks in life.

 

 

 

In the video above, illustrating the little Syrian boy, Yasser Al Khaled, getting his 3D printed arm attached, we can evidently see the joy and significance of the prosthetic arm which goes to further prove the significance of the work WASP have done. “Who knows,” said Moretti, “Maybe that child lost his arm just because of an Italian anti-man mine. Now he knows that not only weapons are produced in Italy.” It was more than a year ago when this project was in the planning and developing stage. It initially was an idea suggested fundamentally to support those who are impacted by the consistent damage of conflict in war-torn Syria. Bassmaji, alongside Carlo Masgoutiere came to WASP headquarters to propose the idea and much to their surprise, were offered the entire library in the University of Damascus, free of charge, with 3D printers and training for creating prostheses included. This offer came from Moretti, the CEO of WASP. They were both amazed and touched by the offer, due to the significance of what a change it could make for this less fortunate society. The plan turned into a project very swiftly as they were immediately put to work on delivering and installing the lab. However, the process was not completely smooth running. There was an issue mainly with the attempt to have the lab delivered by ship in safe conditions. Additionally, there were concerns about the training aspect. However, the anxiety over this issue was quickly put to rest as there was a concrete plan to have 3D printing course run by Professor Al-Hinnawy (from the Faculty of Medical Bio-engineering at the University.) At the campus at the University in Damascus there has been a Delta WASP 4070 INDUSTRIAL and a Delta WASP 2040 PRO, plus a scanner, a PC, a monitor and some technical materials. This technology has been greatly needed because together with Jean Bassmaji and Carlo Masgoutiere (who went personally to Syria for around ten days and contributed to the further training of students and professors) people have been working together to give relief to hundreds of about 50 thousand harmed in the country. Carlo returned enthusiastically from his 10 days in Syria, saying: “There is great excitement – we were welcomed with all the honours. Now the goal is to train as many people as possible and make more and more sophisticated prostheses. The exchange of knowledge is virtuous. For example, a Syrian girl has already developed a system with ten movements, which are stored on the existing arm and transferred to the mutilated part. The two bases of the bridge have been laid" – adds Massimo Moretti – "Now groups of people so far apart can give shape to the same thoughts. What is planned in Damascus can be materialize in Italy and vice versa, without problems of borders and checkpoints”.

 

 

The dreams of Bassmaji and Masgoutiere were finally becoming a reality and the Orthopaedic laboratory for Syrian mutilated people has been inaugurated at the Faculty of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering in Damascus. This essentially demonstrates the collective effort into keeping alive the inspirational visions of Jean Bassmaji and Carlo Masgoutiere. At present day, there are still around a dozen students and four teachers working there. This is a cause greatly admirable due to the fact that Syria is a country which has been depleted by almost a decade of war. Simultaneously, the country is persistent and optimistic about the future, undoubtedly due to causes such as this one which is shining a light on the importance of a human aspect and leaving a positive impact on society.