October 2, 2012

Video: Building technical capacity in resource-poor hospitals

Hospitals in developing countries tend to lack healthcare technology, and even when life-saving machines are available, trained operators and maintenance crews are scarce. Because rich countries develop most of the world’s medical devices, there is a gap between the resources available where they are made, and the lack of training, electricity, replacement parts and consumables in the rest of the world. The result is that billions of patients worldwide cannot receive basic healthcare.

To help address the disparity, Julien Benchetrit at Engineering World Health lead this E4C Webinar: Building technical capacity in resource-poor hospitals.

Engineering World Health (EWH) is a non-profit organization that aims to improve the quality of healthcare in medical centers that serve resource-poor communities. EWH installs donated and newly-designed medical equipment, repairs broken machines and builds local capacity to manage and maintain the equipment. This webinar covers issues in health care technology in resource-poor settings, emphasizing the negative impact of inappropriate donations, EWH’s work to fix the problems and tips on how you can get involved.

This is a recording in the E4C Webinars series. For more webinars in this series, and to register for the next free presentation, please visit www.engineeringforchange-webinars.org.

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