If you are a health practitioner, healthcare worker, nurse, midwife, student; we need your help. We use any and all equipment we can get our hands on. However, there are some simple rules when donating medical equipment and medication…
- Think basic. We rarely have running water (unsanitary), there are frequent power cuts and all resuscitation steps or medical intervention can be basic e.g. no ventilators or nasopharyngeal suction. Therefore, buying a brand new neonatal incubator would go to waste: a fully sterile reusable C-Section instrument kit would be a much better alternative.
- If you think it’s out of fashion, it’s in. Metal speculums for instance are now going, “out of fashion,” in the wave of new plastic speculums. However, plastic wouldn’t suit us, the metal ones would as we could re-sterilize and continue to use them for a much longer period of time. If you are getting rid of all your old equipment… send it our way!
- It has to be sustainable. Just like the new SDGs it has to be able to stand the test of time and work. For instance, manual sphygmo’s would be a better alternative to electric, because once the batteries run out they will not be replaced.
- Don’t know what to get? We know! If you are uncertain we can let you know what we need right here, right now. For instance, a couple of months ago the Theatre wasn’t running due to a lack of theatre lights. Next month it might be we have run out of suture material… you never know.
If you aren’t a healthcare worker, just a run of the mill everyday person but you want to help us with medical equipment and medication – from a bed for the mother’s to labour on, to oxytocin to stop them from bleeding to death – then all you have to do is donate your money (any amount is greatly appreciated) and time (spread the word!).