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.

Assessing the biomedical engineering personnel and training needs in Zambia

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 At the request of the Zambian Ministry of Health, THET performed a needs assessment of biomedical engineering personnel and training in the spring of 2011.

The assessment covered a representative sample of health facilities in rural and urban areas, from district hospitals to tertiary level referral hospitals.

The assessment determined that there was a significant shortage of qualified biomedical engineering professionals at all skill levels (assistants, technicians, technologists and engineers) and that there was a great need for an in-country training programme for medical equipment technologists.  It provided recommendations for staffing (for example, a minimum of one medical equipment technologist, supported by technicians, per district hospital) and for pre-service and in-service training in Zambia.

Curriculum development for a biomedical engineering technologist diploma programme in Zambia

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Following the needs assessment, THET and the Ministry of Health led the development of a curriculum for a three-year diploma programme in biomedical engineering, the first in Zambia.

The curriculum development workshop brought together a wide range of stakeholders in Zambia.  International biomedical engineering and education experts reviewed the curriculum and the Technical, Educational and Vocational Training Authority (TEVETA) approved the final curriculum package in late 2011.

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