The Amalthea Trust has been asked to make use of our volunteers in training nurses and midwives in the correct use and care of frequently used pieces of medical equipment at a nursing college in the very poorly resourced West of Uganda: the Fortportal International Nursing School.
Experience shows that a significant number of breakdowns of medical equipment is caused by their incorrect care and use. This tends to be because staff often have little formal training on how to use rather delicate medical equipment, including incubators, ultrasounds and patient monitoring devices.
Our intervention here would involve one of our volunteers teaching a two-week practical module on the relevant items of equipment to the final year students on the School’s Nursing and Midwifery courses. If this is successful for all concerned then this could become a regular collaboration, and an exciting new challenge for our volunteers.