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Successful Medical Equipment Grant for Zambia

The Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation trust (GSTT) –Zambia link has been awarded funding through the Health Partnership Scheme to improve the maintenance and management of medical equipment of two hospitals in Ndola, Zambia.

Announced last month by Lord Nigel Crisp at the International Conference on Appropriate Healthcare Technologies for Developing Countries hosted by the Institute of Engineering & Technology (IET), staff from GSTT will work with local staff to develop a self-sustaining medical equipment service at Ndola Children’s Hospital (NCH) and Arthur Davison Children’s hospital (ADCH), the only specialised children’s unit in the country.

During four support visits to Zambia, medical engineers from GSTT will provide on-the-job training for the maintenance staff at both hospitals on the development of up-to-date information resources and preventative maintenance of equipment. In turn, staff from NCH and ADCH will also visit the medical physics laboratory at GSTT where they will receive more in-depth training in management aspects such as procurement, funding and planning. The improvement of the medical equipment service at both hospitals will also enable them to accept trainee placements from the Northern Technical College in Ndola, thereby continuing the training of future medical engineers in Zambia.

The £30,000 grant was awarded by the Health Partnership Scheme, funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and managed by The Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET). For more information, visit: http://www.thet.org/hps

For further information on the Zambia Partnership contact Vicki Cheston, lead for capacity building work in Zambia or Hannah Franklin, Global Health Partnerships coordinator.