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Useful resources

This course is intended as a brief overview of issues to consider when donating medical equipment. For more in-depth guidance, we would recommend the following resources: Tropical Health Education Trust …

Donating medicines and medical supplies

What about medicine and single-use medical supply donations? Medical equipment is broadly defined as any device that is used to diagnose, treat, monitor or rehabilitate a patient that is not …

Local and national procurement policies

“At the last minute we discovered that the device had overrun the age limit set by Colombian Law on some donations of second-hand appliances, and could not enter the country.” …

Planning your donation: what information to gather

Comprehensive medical equipment needs assessments are a significant undertaking, and are typically done by trained biomedical engineers. It is therefore worth checking if the healthcare facility you are working with …

End of course

Congratulations on completing the course, and thank you for taking part! What is your one main takeaway from the past two weeks? Please leave any comments below. We would also …

Links to grants websites

This course was created primarily to serve as training for students applying for funding from the Elective Equipment Fund, which will be available for final year medical students at St …

Hippo model for hidden costs

When purchasing medical equipment this is only the first part of the total cost of ownership, particularly for complex medical equipment, where there are many other costs associated to the …

Introduction to Week 2

Welcome to Week 2 of Medical Equipment Donations to Low Resource Settings. Last week, we discussed how you might decide what to donate, and the importance of considering all steps …

Questions to ask yourself

The first half of this course has focused on deciding what to donate. Questions which arise will include ‘What is needed?’, ‘Will it work?’, and ‘What are the possible unintended …

The lifecycle of medical equipment

When donating medical equipment it is important to think about the entire lifecycle of the equipment and what is needed at each stage to make sure that the equipment can …

Medical device regulations

Medical device regulations require manufacturers to ensure their devices are safe and fit for purpose before being placed on the market. The regulations vary from country to country. For example, …