The Downside of Donated Devices

Many medical devices donated to low-income countries sit unused—like an X-ray machine in Uganda that broke down, with no trained technician to fix it.

There is also often a mismatch between the types of equipment that are needed and what is received.

Guidelines are in place, but many are voluntary and depend on donor awareness and follow-through. A #NAMPerspectives discussion paper explores how to make these donations more sustainable, highlighting lessons from individual companies. The authors suggest further research on the quality, appropriateness, and in-country sustainability of all medical device donations.
National Academy of Medicine

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