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A precious cargo of life-saving medical equipment bound for Zambia set sail from Cork Harbour on Friday 31 August, marking the fifth shipment sent to Africa by the RCPI/HSE EQUALS Initiative. Over the last number of months, hospitals across Ireland generously donated good quality, reusable medical equipment to the Initiative, in response to a local need for quality medical supplies.
Ahead of shipment, and following two days of hard work carried out by Clinical Engineers Mr Karl Bergin (Head of Clinical Engineering, Coombe Women’s and Children’s Hospital) and Mr Eoghan Hayden (Head of Clinical Engineering, National Maternity Hospital, Holles St), each item was individually tested and packaged in preparation for the journey across the high seas.
Included in this shipment were ultrasound machines, foetal monitors, electrosurgical units, inpatient beds and mattresses, infant resuscitation units, and incubators. Many smaller consumables were also sent including gloves, needles and sutures.
The generous donation of the time and efforts of all involved in the Equals Initiative, from committee members and coordinators, to hospital staff and Clinical Engineers, is again having a tremendously positive effect on the health system in Zambia. I feel it is another example of how Ireland continues to be a country of generosity and compassion towards countries in need.Karl Bergin - Head of Clinical Engineering, Coombe Women’s and Children’s Hospital
The supplies, which will be received by the Zambian Ministry of Health, will be distributed across several Zambian hospitals and training centres such as Ndola Teaching Hospital, Monze Mission Hospital, University Teaching Hospital, Lusaka, and the Northern Technical College, Ndola.
To date, three loads of equipment have made their way from the Irish health service to healthcare centres and hospitals across Zambia. The donated equipment is having a visible and tangible effect, and the Initiative looks forward to continuing to grow this relationship with partners in Zambia. Irish missionaries first visited Zambia in the early part of the 20th century establishing a relationship of friendship, trust and solidarity that continues to this day.
The EQUALS Initiative was established in 2013, when Professor Frank Murray (President of RCPI 2013-2017) received a request from an Irish doctor in Zambia to help source an ultrasound machine for Monze Mission Hospital. The Initiative was created as a joint venture between RCPI and the HSE to provide a mechanism for the sourcing and donation of medical equipment to hospitals in need.
Today, the remit of the EQUALS Initiative has developed to also include the provision of training support for clinical staff and biomedical engineers.
EQUALS is funded solely through donations and support is greatly needed at this time. After such a large shipment, we are currently seeking decommissioned medical equipment from both public and private hospitals to continue our mission. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to offer your support.
EQUALS is funded solely through donations and support is greatly needed at this time. After such a large shipment, we are currently seeking decommissioned medical equipment from both public and private hospitals to continue our mission.
Contact us to enquire about donating good quality decommissioned medical equipment such as ultrasound machines, endoscopes, incubators, defibrillators and hospital beds