Why we do it
According to the WHO between 50 and 70% of all medical devices in Sub-Saharan African hospitals and clinics are out of service at any one time, and this has a huge impact on the ability of these nations to provide effective health care. A significant cause of this is the chronic shortage of adequately trained biomedical engineers in many of these countries.
How we do it
The Amalthea Trust is a non-profit organisation that helps to provide the support, practical experience and know-how necessary for African professionals to self-maintain their own countries medical devices, thus helping to improve healthcare delivery for millions of people.
What we do
We work alongside universities and technical colleges in Africa, placing experienced engineers from the UK NHS - who volunteer through us for two weeks at a time - with these colleges, giving the recipients practical hands-on training on specific medical devices.
“I have been back for a month after the experience of a lifetime, an experience I would do again tomorrow and one I would recommend to anybody!”
TEACHING ULTRASOUND IN AFRICA
Mr Ben Johnson
BMET Diploma (Ultrasound Systems)