Collective Global Impact

Makers, crafters, retooled manufacturers, and small businesses across the world stepped up to fight COVID-19-induced supply shortages by locally producing necessary medical supplies for healthcare workers, essential workers, and their communities.

Open Source Medical Supplies and Nation of Makers teamed up to survey these global efforts and tell the story of how makerspaces and local manufacturing can help respond to a crisis. 

48.3+ Million

Units of Medical Supplies Delivered

$268 Million

Worth of Supplies Manufactured

42,000+

Citizen Responders

1,869+

Local Response Groups Tracked

86

Countries with Local Response Efforts

Sign Up to Receive the Full Impact Report

OSMS and Nation of Makers are anticipating the release of the full Impact Report narrative and data analysis by the end of January 2021. If you are interested in using this data for research, reporting, or policy, please reach out to us. Add your email to be notified of the report release.

The global community of makers, crafters and small businesses collaborated early on in the pandemic to develop open source designs for common medical supplies used to fight COVID-19, and then began production using a wide range of manufacturing equipment.

These supplies were distributed to healthcare workers, essential workers, and others within local communities when the medical supply chain failed and couldn’t keep up with global demand for PPE and other medical supplies.

These production efforts coordinated and shared open source information digitally, but produced supplies locally across the world.

Data Collection Methods

OSMS held an informal public weekly tally from March to August of 2020, in which it surveyed members of its Facebook group of 72,000 people from across the globe (see example). Data publicly submitted by over 300 response groups was vetted by our staff before being included in this dataset.

OSMS and Nation of Makers (NOM) then teamed up to create and release a Community Impact Survey to more-fully understand the technologies used, activity status of the groups, and partnerships that were built as part of supply production and distribution. We also have incorporated response data from a parallel Fab Foundation survey of its global network of FabLabs.

Metropolitan Hospital, NYD, 9th Fl ICU, Suzette Cook

...it meant the world and literally, in some cases, probably our lives to have this equipment and protective equipment produced and distributed by this army of volunteers. And…I don’t know that we can ever say thank you enough.

David Rainosek, MD, Associate Medical Director of St. Vincent Rehabilitation Hospital, Arkansas, USA

Add Your Data

Register with our OSMS Local Response, connect with fellow leaders and add your production numbers to the global total.

Join Our Impact

Want to get involved, become a partner in solving big problems, or learn more about our data?