Donating medical equipment overseas – new guidance – Health Partnership Scheme – January 2014

Posted on January 15, 2014. Filed under: Health Technology Assessment | Tags: , , |

Donating medical equipment overseas – new guidance – Health Partnership Scheme – January 2014

“A toolkit to provide guidance on making donations of medical equipment to low-income countries

THET has today released new guidance for those wishing to donate medical equipment to hospitals and health clinics in the developing world.

Hospitals in many low-income countries rely significantly on donations of medical equipment. These donations are made with the best of intentions, however, the outcomes are not always positive. The World Health Organization estimates that up to 80% of the medical equipment in some sub-Saharan African countries is donated equipment. However, the majority is out of use due to the significant challenges faced by low-resourced health systems including; a lack of trained health workers and technical staff to use, maintain and manage the equipment, the absence of a strong supply chain for consumables and spare parts and an unreliable infrastructure to operate the equipment which is often without a good power supply, temperature control, water and medical gas.

The toolkit includes good practice guidance for each of the seven stages of the donation process, from initial discussions between donor and recipient about what is required to after donated equipment arrives, is installed and ready for use. We have also produced a series of videos highlighting the critical issue of medical equipment donations, as well as what THET is doing to support partnerships to improve the maintenance and management of equipment overseas. YouTube presentation – Watch it here.

 

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Cancer in Canada: Framing the Crisis and Previewing the Opportunity for Donors – Charity Intelligence Canada – April 2011

Posted on April 29, 2011. Filed under: Oncology | Tags: , |

Cancer in Canada: Framing the Crisis and Previewing the Opportunity for Donors – Charity Intelligence Canada – April 2011
Greg Thomson, Karen Greve Young

“This report was created to answer the question of what has happened to the billions of dollars given in Canada in the name of cancer over the past couple of decades. Ci believes that with an understanding of what has happened in the past, we can best understand how to give with impact today.

Ci believes that rather than hoping for a “cure”, funders should think strategically about how their donations can best change the cancer landscape.

Ci has identified four cancers that are underfunded relative to their deadly impact on Canadians: pancreatic, stomach, lung and colorectal. These cancers represent an opportunity for donors to make real impact by filling a tragic funding gap.”

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