About Us

The Problem

In 2010, 414 million people were living in extreme poverty across sub-Saharan Africa. These people either lack access to appropriate healthcare resources or cannot afford it when available. Most existing charities that send equipment to Africa do so without providing the healthcare staff with training in how to use the equipment. According to a paper published by the WHO, in sub-Saharan Africa up to 70% of equipment donated lies idle due to lack of training and technical support.

Our Solution

This is where we are unique in our take on the problem. EquipAfrica aims to Equip, Enlighten, and Empower. Through this process we ensure that after a hospital is equipped, the healthcare staff are able to use the equipment to an optimal level, thereby empowering them to improve care and save generations.

Equip

Enlighten

Empower

  The first step of our process is to complete an Equipment Needs Assessment Form with the hospitals ( See here ).

This tells us how much of each piece of equipment a hospital needs. We can then create an optimal package to be sent to each hospital.
Next, we ask the healthcare staff in the hospital to complete a Training Needs Assessment Form ( here ).

This allows us to learn about the competencies and shortfalls within a hospital, in terms of ability to use all items on the equipment needs assessment. We can then fill the gaps in knowledge through our training schemes.
  
With these tools, not only do we empower staff by allowing them to apply their skills - revived or newly gained – but we also help by increasing their confidence of working with a range of patients.
In this way, we allow hospitals across Africa to save generations of lives.
  
We see that staff are often disheartened to treat patients when they lack the most basic and vital equipment. We hope to reignite their passion for the profession.