Printing their way to a safer Kosovo

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“Everyone should be working together now, no matter if you’re black or white.”

Fighting a “common enemy” has brought young innovators together across Kosovo to 3D print protective equipment, safeguarding frontline staff in a period of global shortage.

A number of organisations across Kosovo, including three assisted by UNMIK, have been leading efforts to make up shortfalls.

Not a moment wasted

Mitrovica-based tech NGO LINK played to their strengths and started printing protective face shields from March, having now produced – and distributed - 450 shields to workers in Mitrovica and across Kosovo.

LINK director Marko Rakić said his team looked at the needs and tried to maximise their own resources, relying on volunteer labour to get underway.

“That was the best we could afford and what people needed at that time,” he said.

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This project is supported by the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) and is implemented by the New Social Initiative. Expressed opinions represent the authors’ views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations, UNMIK or New Social Initiative.

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