Anaesthesia Equipment Donations

Anaesthesia safety has improved dramatically in the past few decades due to the development of sophisticated anaesthetic equipment and the availability of reliable patient monitoring.

Many anaesthetists in developing countries work with basic equipment and no anaesthesia monitoring except for a finger on the patient’s pulse and a precordial stethoscope. Donation of anaesthesia equipment is complicated by the problems of high cost and the difficulty of maintaining sophisticated equipment in low-resource settings. The WHO has published guidelines for the donation of medical equipment. Click here to download pdf. As a result, we respond to very specific requests where we think that anaesthetic equipment will be effectively maintained.

OAF has worked in partnership with GE Healthcare to provide anaesthesia equipment for AAGBI member Dr Sarah Hodges and her husband Dr Andrew Hodges, a plastic surgeon who works at CoRSU – Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services in Uganda. OAF is pleased to support this well-equipped centre of excellence. Since 2005 they have treated more than 10,000 patients. The four operating theatres at CoRSU have been furnished with reconditioned anaesthetic machines donated by the AAGBI and anaesthesia monitoring equipment donated by GE Healthcare. Other donations from the AAGBI include a HemoCue® and portable end-tidal CO2 monitor for use in difficult airway work.

OAF has donated anaesthesia equipment and monitoring equipment to anaesthetist Dr Craig Oranmore - Brown who works for Mercy Flyers. This is an international not-for-profit organisation based in Zambia that provides specialist outreach surgical care.