Repairing & Sending Biomedical Equipment Saves Lives: What You Can Do

August 10th, 2017 

Greetings from Haiti,

Konbit Sante has been very pleased to be hosting  a group of volunteers from the Polytechnic School of Montreal for 2 months.  They are working with the bio-technicians at the Justinian Hospital who are responsible to repair and maintain life-saving biomedical equipment there.

"Working in Haiti is interesting challenge in a professional and cultural way. With the trainings we gave, we believe they will be able to improve patients' care through good equipment management. Konbit Sante was a great help in understanding how things work here and we are grateful for this opportunity."- Project PC2 crew

The volunteers  are part of an organization at their school called Project PC2that provides training on the use, maintenance and repair of medical equipment in low-resource countries.  We saw this as a great fit for our efforts to strengthen the pediatric service at the Justinien University Hospital’s (JUH) management capacity as they prepare to move into their new facility in the next couple of month.  The students- Jacynthe Tessier, Nicolas Bernier, and Sarrah Njeh- have been teaching how to use a management database for all of the medical equipment in pediatrics.  

There are now over 100 pieces inventoried, and this will help the hospital keep track of the condition of each piece, provide technical service manuals, and create a procedure for requesting parts needed for repair.   The fact that they are French speaking, committed such a significant amount of time to the effort, and approach their work with flexibility and good humor has really made them very effective in establishing strong relationships with their colleagues in Haiti. 

Next week, they and the bio-technicians from the hospital will be attending a 2-week intensive medical equipment repair workshop at the Haitian Baptist Convention Hospital (HCBH), which will compliment this work nicely. The students plan to stay in touch with the biotech team through monthly meetings to monitor the progress and troubleshoot problems. This software could be an important tool that can help these hospital staff be much more effective in their jobs, and allow them to be more significant players contributing to the successful care of patients.       

Meanwhile, our staff is working to send our next shipping container which will include needed biomedical equipment from Maine to Haiti.  See below for the equipment we are seeking and for  supply chain volunteer opportunities.  You can also make a donation today to ensure the speedy and safe arrival of our shipment. 

Nathan Nickerson
Executive Director, Konbit Sante