Inappropriate and poorly maintained equipment have been indicated as key factors in increasing the already high levels of patient mortality and morbidity in Uganda. Much of the equipment donated from abroad is not appropriate or cannot be used due to the lack of user training, unavailable or overly expensive consumables or lacking repair skills.
Through this project, UK long and short-term volunteers help local technicians to improve their skills in areas such as the procurement, maintenance, repair and disposal of medical equipment. The project began in 2013 and is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DfID) through the Tropica l Health Education Trust (THET). The project currently supports over 15 technicians in 10 different hospitals across Uganda including: Mulago National Referral Hospital; Mbarara, Hoima, Mbale and Gulu Regional Referral Hospitals; Mengo, Virika and Kisiizi Church of Uganda Hospitals; and Kisenyi and Kabubbu Health centres. It supports training of degree level Biomedical Engineering students at Makerere University; the first of their kind in the whole of East Africa. We have supported curriculum development and implementation, and we are pleased to report that the initial two cohorts of over 47 graduates have all secured jobs across Uganda.
Funding Body: UK Department for International Development (DfID) through the Tropical Health Education Trust (THET)
Project Value: Phase 1 £30,000: Phase 2: £197,120
Project Timeline: May 2013- April 2017
Project team: Professor Louise Ackers (Principal Investigator); Mrs Sarah Hoyle (Co-ordinator); Dr Robert Ssekitoleko (Research Fellow and Biomedical Engineer Volunteer); Mr Arafat Wakulira (UK Biomedical Engineer Volunteer); Mr James Ackers-Johnson (Project Manager); Ms Maria Nassali (Research Assistant); Ms Jessica Nantume (Research Assistant)
Project Website http://www.knowledge4change.org.uk/projects/bme/