To transform how technology is used and maintained in resource-poor settings to end preventable deaths and disabilities
to reduce delays in access to critical care by ensuring every machine works at all levels of healthcare facilities
MediQuip Global aims to ensure that technology is a tool to make health possible. Death of an equipment means delay in service. When service is late, it makes health inaccessible.
MediQuip strives to:
- To reduce downtime of equipment at health facilities
- To develop a health technology management system in facilities
- To increase proper use of equipment
- To provide and make readily available spare parts and accessories for medical equipment
The Center for Public Health and Development (CPHD), a non-profit organization based in Nairobi, has been working for the past several years in East Africa to improve healthcare systems through training and other innovations. In its work supporting medical equipment donation programs in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda, CPHD estimated that 50% of equipment are out of service, based on review of inventory of donated medical equipment across the region.
A piece of equipment lying idle ultimately means long delays in a patient receiving care at a facility, at times it can mean a difference between life and death. In its many maternal and infant care programs, CPHD observed that the malfunctioning equipment could make a big difference in the health outcomes of the region, and not just mortality rates.
Across most facilities, public and private, the problems are similar:
• Poor choice of equipment
• Poor procurement network
• Lack of technical personnel (at procurement, installment and maintenance levels)
• Lack of user training
• Lack of parts and consumables
• Lack of tools for testing
• Absence of proper planning at all levels of facilities
The solution was MediQuip Global. A social enterprise company and an independent service organization for biomedical and mechanical equipment, MediQuip Global started its services early 2015. Supported by GE Foundation and Assist International, we provide a wide range of high quality and reliable services to private, public, and faith-based medical facilities in East Africa.
With the help of GE Foundation and Assist International, MediQuip Global began its services with one county in Kenya. There has been no looking back since then.
To understand the impact of MediQuip Global it is important to remember why this social enterprise was started—to reduce the delays in people getting medical care because of malfunctioning, non-functioning, or inadequate equipment.
Numbers help say the impact story but, in this case, are not enough. MediQuip Global has improved the quality of service in East Africa, and it is in the process of measuring some of the changes. Here are some of the changes that the team has observed and some case studies that tell the story of change:
- Reduced the downtime of equipment
- Reduced the frequency of breakdown of equipment
- Reduced the referral burden at facilities
- Reduced the expenditure on equipment for facilities
- Trained biomed engineers and health workers in proper use of equipment
- Contributed to the evolution of service referrals