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Technical Capacity Enhancement

Good care is impossible without decent and well-maintained material

Circumstances such as high temperatures or unpredictable power supply request adapted material. But for our partner hospitals in the South, suitable medical equipment is not evident.

But for our partner hospitals in the South, suitable medical equipment is not evident.

In close consultation with the partners Medics without Vacation examines for each partner hospital what kind of equipment is necessary and suitable on the basis of the 'Golden Standard list'.

Our team of technicians installs the material. At the same time they coach the local technicians so that they can accurately maintain the material. This local technical team is at its turn deployed together with the volunteers in the field to train maintenance personnel of other partner hospitals.

In the hospital of Ciriri Roland installed an ultrasound device. Local technician Isidor followed everything closely and knows what to do when the device breaks down. Isidor also showed Roland the weak points in the local network and together they chose the safest place for the device.

In this way Peter is sure that during his mission he can familiarize Dr.Guy with the correct interpretation of the echographies. Since the new ultrasound device is installed in the department Medical Imaging patients come from far and near to be diagnosed.

Without a good working department laboratory and medical imaging, it is impossible to make a proper diagnosis.

With our African partners we realize that the laboratory and radiology often do not function properly. Therefore Medics without Vacation invests in these services: every year an average of twenty teams Laboratory and/or Radiology depart.

In the laboratory our teams consult with the African laboratory assistants about correct analysis of blood samples.

In the laboratory our teams consult with the African laboratory assistants about:

  • Correct analysis of blood samples
  • How to work with a new centrifuge
  • Start up of the department parasitology

At the department Medical Imaging the nurses learn for instance what values they have to choose in order to make a clearer radiological image.