If a Piece of Equipment Breaks in a Hospital and There’s No One to Fix it, Does it Make a Sound?

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No. It’s broken.

Spend any time speaking with a physician or administrator at a hospital in Uganda – or, really, in any country in Sub-Saharan Africa – and, without fail, the topic of broken medical equipment will come up.

At one hospital, a physician may show you a donated anaesthesia machine that worked once before it broke; at another, an administrator will open the door to a spare room dedicated to storing broken and inoperable equipment: the “medical device graveyard” of the hospital.

The graveyards all around Sub-Saharan Africa are full. Depending on who you ask, somewhere between 38% and 70% of all medical equipment in developing countries lies idle: inoperable or broken.

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  1 comment for “If a Piece of Equipment Breaks in a Hospital and There’s No One to Fix it, Does it Make a Sound?

  1. Emily Ryan
    October 5, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Love your blog, Mike! I am bookmarking it. Always great links. Hope you’re having a good time with Steve and Lina!

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