Improving diagnostic equipment maintenance and training of repair technicians in Tanzania and Kenya
Around half of all ophthalmic apparatus in developing countries is not functioning as a result of a lack of technicians trained in repairing the equipment. This project aims to provide refresher courses for existing bio-medical technicians employed by the Government, to enable them to carry out maintenance and repair of ophthalmic equipment. A procurement scheme will also be initiated so spare parts are more easily accessible.
During the two years after being awarded the grant, five technicians from Tanzania and Kenya attended training courses in Switzerland and Tanzania. Field visits involved the technicians not only repairing equipment, but also providing maintenance training to the staff at seven hospitals and eye-care units across Tanzania and Kenya.
Last update September 2012.