Medical Equipment Donation Assessment

Jinotepe, Nicaragua

The DHT lab studies the barriers to keeping donated medical equipment in-service in the developing world to address the lack of evidence to guide the development of interventions to increase access to medical equipment. Through our assessments we have surveyed 3,283 pieces of equipment from selected departments in 65 public hospitals in Honduras, Rwanda, and Cambodia, along with hospital technicians, directors, and clinicians. Factors which inhibit the success of equipment donations need to be more carefully studied before recommendations on equipment donations can be made with confidence.