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Impact

The impact of MediQuip Global lies not just in the numbers but also in the smiles that our team triggers at the end of a job. 


months

5
countries
5 million
people
 
 

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

 

CASE STUDY | Zomba Central Hospital & Kamuzu Central Hospital, Malawi

Setting up lifeline for babies in distress

HAPPY FACES ALL AROUND THE INFANT WARMER AND THE INCUBATOR AT THE KAMUZU (LEFT) AND ZOMBA CENTRAL HOSPITALS IN MALAWI

For 3 years, the Zomba Central Hospital in Malawi watched the dust gather on incubators, infant warmers and a room full of other expensive equipment. It took one week for the MediQuip Global team to remedy this situation in 2015. All because there was no one to set up the units.

The Zomba Central is the hope for 1 million Malawians living in this remote district. It deals with long waiting queues of patients and broken down equipment. Kamuzu Central Hospital, despite being in the capital city, has a similar story. Generous donations from institutions to this hospital saw several life-saving equipment arriving at these two hospitals. However, the manufacturer did not have any representation in Malawi and the donor did not have any partners who could take up the task.

It was a time for jubilation for the maternal, neonatal and radiology units when the technicians from MediQuip Global installed and finished testing the equipment. Hours after the team gave the go-ahead, the hospital put infants in incubators and critically ill patients on ventilators. The Zomba hospital reportedly has utilization of 184%, which effectively means an overburdened facility. The Kamuzu hospital serves about 6 million people and functioning equipment means improved health outcomes of hundreds of people daily.

The equipment installed included:

  • Incubators
  • Infant warmers
  • Phototherapy units for infants
  • Ventilators and monitors for ICU
  • Ultrasound machines and mobile X-ray units for the maternal unit