Ethiopia: The Medical Challenge
Medical care in Ethiopia can be heartbreaking.
Those in its far flung regions may have to walk 150 kilometres to their nearest hospital, taking 3-4 days. There are local clinics, in some cases, but they are often too poorly equipped, and too run down, to be of help. The challenges are greatest in the wet season. The heavy rains turn into fast moving rivers which pour down the rough landscape and valleys, making them impassable.
Here in the UK, many health facilities are routinely upgraded as medical establishments reach for new technologies or replace equipment as a matter of course. Normally, though, the superseded equipment has been kept operational until that time comes. It can, therefore, be a waste to send this to landfill. If properly checked, and proved to be in reliable condition, such equipment can bring significant help to people in need, even though not the latest model available on the UK medical scene. When, therefore, we received an offer with a wide range of medical items, we were glad to see these go to a partner group with appropriate expertise. Today, they are supporting medical need in Ethiopia.
If you have medical equipment to offer which is still in very good condition, we would love to hear from you. We will look for partners with expertise who can check it out and place it strategically.
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