The majority of health facilities in low-income countries face significant challenges with medical equipment and lack what they require to diagnose, treat and monitor their patients. Find out more about THET's work in the area and links to further resources

Why medical equipment matters

Why medical equipment matters

The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified the shortage of functional medical equipment in low-income countries as a critical barrier to meeting the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Hospitals in low-income countries frequently report the poor state of medical equipment as being a key challenge they face in delivering services.

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Medical equipment donations

Medical equipment donations

Health institutions of many low-income countries rely significantly on donations of medical equipment. These donations are generally made with good intentions; however, if the donations are not well planned and coordinated the outcomes are not always positive.

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Assessing biomedical engineering personnel & training needs; the Zambian example

Assessing biomedical engineering personnel & training needs; the Zambian example

At the request of the Zambian Ministry of Health, THET performed a needs assessment of biomedical engineering personnel and training in public hospitals. The assessment determined that there was a significant shortage of qualified biomedical engineering professionals at all skill levels. In response to this, THET led the development of a curriculum for a three-year biomedical engineering technologist diploma programme, the first of its kind in Zambia.

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Useful information resources for medical equipment

Useful information resources for medical equipment

THET is collaborating with a significant number of global organisations that are engaged in medical equipment work in developing countries. Find some useful links to guidance and further information.

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