September 18, 2015

Way forward after 2nd Round Table on Medical Equipment

The first European conference on medical equipment in low-income countries was held in Chamonix in 2013. Eventually this evolved into a group with representatives from a few chosen countries and organizations dedicated to take these questions to a higher level. Over time the network wants to affect the regulatory framework surrounding this field.

The second edition of the European round table focused on comparing and interpreting vital European Union directives and its impact on transfer of medical equipment donations to low-income countries.

From left: Patricia Jonasson, Assistant Professor at the Public Law Department at Södertörn University and Cathy Blanc-Gonnet, Director of HUMATEM during the proceedings.
From left: Patricia Jonasson, Assistant Professor at the Public Law Department at Södertörn University and Cathy Blanc-Gonnet, Director of HUMATEM during the proceedings.

The round table concluded that limiting the export of non-functional devices would help to create good practice for international aid organizations who’s aim is to support the strengthening of health facilities in developing countries by providing them with functioning and appropriate medical equipment.

Going forward it was decided that the network will produce an information document outlining the new regulations and their impact shortly. An important tool for all international aid actors in our respective countries that can be used to help to raise awareness among stakeholders.

The round table was arranged by Humatem and the Tropical Health & Education Trust (THET), with the support of the French Hospital Federation. Sahlgrenska I.C. was represented by international aid coordinator Anders Lygdman.

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