At THET we believe that medical equipment and those who maintain it should be more central to health system planning. We would like to a see a future where LMICs have fully functioning medical equipment eco-systems.
Working with NORTEC, the Northern Technical College. in Ndola, THET has co-developed the first pre-service training course for Biomedical Engineering Technologists (BMETs) in Zambia.
Over the past six years, THET has been building partnerships aimed at strengthening Biomedical Engineering and the training of trainers through the Health Partnership Scheme, exchanging UK experts and local trainees from five African countries; Uganda, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Ghana, and Zambia.
Donation of inappropriate equipment, lack of local training for use and maintenance of the donated equipment, the absence of operator and service manuals and limited access to spare parts are some of the main limitations in ensuring the value of donations.
An important link in the medical equipment eco-system is the Professional BME Association.