Making It Work: Managing medical equipment in low-resource settings is a documentary about the health partnership between Ndola Central Hospital in Zambia and Guy's & St. Thomas' Hospital in the UK which seeks to improve training for biomedical engineers in Zambia and improve medical equipment capacity at Ndola Hospital.
Like the majority of sub-Saharan Africa, Zambia is critically short of Biomedical Engineers. These specialists are essential for the safe and effective running of hospitals and health centres. In this short film, we document our groundbreaking training course, which is training a new generation of Biomedical Engineers.
Friday May 8, 2015 marked the official opening of the Biomedical Engineering Technology Skills Workshop at the Northern Technical College (NORTEC), Ndola, Zambia. The BMET Diploma, is the first technologist pre-service training course in Zambia.
Meet Natasha, a Biomedical Technologist enrolled on THET's Engineering Technologist course in Zambia. Up to 50% of medical equipment in Zambia is out of service. Health workers like Natasha are addressing this critical situation by fixing, maintaining and managing medical equipment, helping to improve patient care.