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Latest News from Amalthea Trust

12 Apr 2019
Amalthea Trust at the EBME
Last week we had our usual stand together with Hilditch Group (who paid for it all on our behalf so huge thanks to them!) at the EBME conference in Milton Keynes. Martin had help this year from both Jas Bilkhu and stalwart volunteer Dave Robinson, and many thanks to all of you who came up and spoke with us during the two day event. Mike Hilditch did his usual inspirational 10 minute slot about the Trust as the very first speaker of the day on Wednesday, and certainly seemed to strike a chord wit ...

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11 Mar 2019
Checking the Asset Register at Kyambogo University BME lab
Martin Worster, our Programme Director, has recently returned from a short visit to Kyambogo University in the expert company of Ray Emslie, one of our most experienced volunteers. They were both charged with acting upon some concerns raised as a result of the student and volunteer feedback froms completed after the last two practical semesters at Kyambogo. They spent their time ensuring that the lab was thoroughly cleaned and tidied, with all equipment checked to the Asset Register, organised p ...

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21 Jan 2019
The Autumn Semester of BME Practicals at Kyambogo University
September/October in 2018 saw a team of 6 volunteers head out to Kyambogo University in order to deliver the Autumn semester of practical sessions over 6 weeks to the students of both the diploma and the new bachelor's courses in Biomedical Engineering. The two courses were taught in parallel with each volunteer covering a two week module in an area of the course, be it Ultrasound or Electrical Safety Testing and Management of Medical Devices. Several of our now experienced team went out, includ ...

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02 Jan 2019
A Happy New Year to all our partners
We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our partner organisations and volunteers a very Happy New Year.

We hope that 2019 will be a good year for all concerned, and that it will see us developing more volunteering opportunities in order to continue our goal of improved Biomedical Engineering provision in our partner countries.

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02 Oct 2018
Our Volunteers Teaching Both Diploma and New Bachelors Courses at Kyambogo This Month.
This week our Programme Manager, Jas Bilkhu, will be flying out to Uganda once again with a team of volunteers for the start of the latest six week semester training student biomedical engineers on the diploma course at Kyambogo University. This time, however, will also mark the start of our involvement in the new bachelor's degree course at Kyambogo, which will be taught alongside the old diploma course but in a brand new purpose built BME lab across the campus from the Electrical Engineering F ...

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21 Aug 2018
Donation of Rigel testers from Highland NHS Trust
Mark Stevenson for Highland NHS contacted us last week with the offer of donating some old test equipment which they were dispossing of, and we jumped at the chance. The Rigel 233 is a classic of its kind and items such as this are in short supply in many countries in Africa where there is a general shortage of test equipment of any kind. We will surely be able to find a good home for these.

If anyone out there is thinking of dispossing of any medical equipment, and especially test equipment, do ...

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16 Jul 2018
All Set for Ethiopia Once Again.
Two of our most experienced volunteers are getting ready to fly out to Ethiopia for the second installment of the Amalthea Trust'a participation in the training-of-trainers programme at Tegbareid Technical College in Addis Ababa. Satish Thakar will be doing hands-on work with X-Ray equipment, and Ray Emslie will be covering a range of devices including Haemodialysis machines. The Trust was approached last year by the Dutch organisation CINOP Global precisely because of our access to the huge res ...

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25 Apr 2018
Amalthea Trust at the Global Health Forum 2018 in Geneva.
The Trust was represented at the 3 day Global Health Forum in Geneva last week by Martin Worster, who also attended the annual meeting of the European Network on Medical Engineering in Low-income Countries on the 11th April which took place at the Geneva International Conference Centre as one of the many side-meetings. Each of the organisations represented gave a short presentation to bring our partner organisations up to date on what has transpired since the previous meeting in Paris, and we th ...

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05 Mar 2018
New Volunteering Opportunities
Martin Worster, our Programme Director, has just returned from a visit to Uganda where he has been discussing a number of exciting new potential opportunities for volunteering with the Trust. As well as the now well known and highly regarded Diploma course in Biomedical Engineering at Kyambogo University we wll also be sending volunteers this summer to do similar work with the students on a new Bachelor's degree course that the University have just started up, in Mechatronics and Biomedical Engi ...

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03 Jan 2018
A Very Happy New Year to all of our volunteers and partners!
We hope that the coming year will be a good one for one and all, and with some interesting new projects in the pipeline there should be more volunteering opportunities in 2018 than ever before.

Keep well, and make it a great one!

The Amalthea Trust Team.

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28 Nov 2017
Autumn Semester at Kyambogo Successfully Completed
This semester Jas taught the first topics, Electrical Safety Testing and Management of Medical Devices, himself as the relevant volunteer had to pull out at rather short notice. However, this went well, despite the very large class size this time around: 34 students in all! He had some help in the practical sessions from Patricia, a recent graduate of the Kyambogo Diploma course currently working at Mulago Hospital, which was a new departure for us. This was the first time we were able to make u ...

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19 Sep 2017
Volunteer Conference 2017
Tuesday September 19th saw a group of our volunteers joining us and some of the Hilditch Engineers for our Annual Volunteer's Conference/Seminar at Calcot Manor Hotel and Spa, which was kindly offered to us as a venue free of charge by our Trustee, Richard Ball. Also present were the donors who are currently funding the Kyambogo Programme for us. The guest speaker, Anna Worm, who has experience of training BMETs in numerous Low Income countries, and is an advisor to both THET (the Tropical ...

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11 Sep 2017
A successful conclusion to this summer's Ethiopia Programme
Ray Emslie returned from Addis Ababa on 11th August after completing the second two-week stint at the Training-of-Trainers Programme at Tegbareid Technical College. Ray was also able to include a visit to a local hospital, which for the trainees was their very first experience of this environment from an engineering perspective. This is what Ray had to say about the visit:

"On my first day at the college I was introduced to Getachew and Melik. Getachew is a member of the senior college personnel ...

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Ian Crummey's report on the first two weeks of teaching at Tegbareid Technical College, Addis Ab
Prior to departure there was a meeting of interested parties at Malmesbury to go over the safety briefing and sign a few documents, and it was also a chance to meet my co volunteer Ray. We divided the short list of equipment’s between us on what topics each of us would cover. We each then went our separate ways, organised inoculations and awaited flights and hotel booking. Amalthea need your services, but it’s all voluntary, they do however cover costs, such as flights, transport and ...

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12 Jun 2017
Amalthea Trust on the BBC about possibly working in Jamaica
Martin Worster joined BBC Radio West yesterday evening for a brief account of the work of the Amalthea Trust. It was part of a series of short articles looking at charitable work going on in that region of the UK, and the focus was on the potential new project in Jamaica which has been on the backburner for a few months now. Martin had only a few minutes to answer questions from the presenter, but it was a little bit of exposure for us, and it all helps to 'spread the word'. Although this was pa ...

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11 Dec 2016
3rd European Roundtable on Medical Equipment in Low Income Countries
On 11th December last year Mike Hilditch and Martin Worster flew to Paris to attend the above conference called by THET and HUMATEM to address the dual issues of equipment donation and capacity building of Biomedical Engineering in low resource countries. The meeting was well attended by a wide range of organisations from seven European countries and the USA with interests in one or other of these two fields. The meeting was hosted by THET and Humatem, the latter a small French NGO who try to en ...

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16 Jan 2017
1st Ugandan National Conference onBiomedical Engineering
Last week Martin flew to Uganda to represent the Amalthea Trust at the very first National Biomedical Engineering Conference to be held in the country. That this was being held at all is an indication of just how far things have come in the 8 years that we have been working in Uganda, and we were invited in recognition of our role in helping to build the country’s capacity in this essential and often overlooked field. Every key player was represented there, including THET, ECUREI, Makerere ...

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14 Nov 2016
New Projects
The Amalthea Trust is currently searching for funding in order to roll out two exciting new projects. One involves a new collaboration with the Fortportal International Nursing School (FINS), where next Easter our volunteers will be using their expertise and experience to help train final year nursing and midwifery students in the relatively under resourced West of Uganda. The other is the provision of in-service training for Biomedical Engineers and Technicians working in hospitals and clinics ...

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01 Jun 2016
Spring - 2016
Last month, our volunteers finished the spring term part of our biomedical engineering course, and we are pleased to say that it certainly didn’t disappoint! We are very happy with the results, and can’t wait for the autumn when we get to start all over again with new students.

We started with the Ultrasound module, and our volunteer lecturers for this part of the course were Jas Bilkhu, and Erasmus student, Licia Di Pietro (whose first time it was in Uganda). Licia did herself, her ...

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27 Apr 2016
EBME Conference a Success
The Amalthea Trust had a great time exhibiting at EBME on Tuesday the 26th of April. The EBME seminar is an annual event that brings together healthcare professionals who are responsible for the management of medical equipment. The event was a huge success and we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who visited our stand. It was fantastic to meet plenty of potentuial volunteers, and we hope to see a lot of you in the upcoming training course, taking place this autumn! ...

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