Medical Equipment Project

Medical Equipment Project: Worldwide:   RAWCS Project of Rotary Club of Woy Woy.

Project name:                                   Medical Equipment Project           Provision of brand new Medical

                                                                                                                  Equip to Low Resource Countries

RAWCS Project No.                         47-2009-10                                       Rotary Club of Woy Woy

E Club Liason/Dep Project Mgr     Rtn David Rickards                          Rotary E Club of Greater Sydney

                                                            dave@dak.org.au

Website                                                            See: www.dak.org.au

Project Commenced:                      2008

Place/country                                   Worldwide                                        Equipment sent to over 40

                                                                                                                        different Developing countries

 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

This project  began with a visit to Goroka Provincial Hospital, PNG Highlands,  in 2008, by Sue O’Neill and Dave & Kerry Rickards. We saw a great pile of old, rusting, equipment out the back of the hospital that had been sent to PNG at enormous expense, but had never, or only briefly been in working service. Primarily this was redundant, older equipment sent from Australia in good faith by well meaning Rotarians, but there was no resident knowledge on how to install, train or maintain. Being older equipment there were no spare parts available.

Given the commercial background of all 3 of us we soon realised that the cost of getting heavy, antiquated donated medical instruments from Australia was, in some instances, no cheaper than buying brand new mass produced new age,  simple to commission,  life saving equipment from China and USA.

At the time Sue was the only one of us in Rotary so she set up the program as a RAWCS project in 2009. It is her “Pink Foundation” and Dave and Kerry’s “DAK Foundation” that pay for the equipment, and in many cases, the shipping – and we send all round the world.

The flagship item is a portable Ultra Sound scanner. In 6 years more than 300 units have been distributed. In many cases training courses are arranged before the clinic or hospital takes possession. Thousands of mothers and baby’s lives have been saved by providing this technology to places where it never would have gone otherwise.

Other Equipment includes:

  • Vital Signs Monitors
  • Patient Monitors
  • Pulse Oximeters
  • ECGs
  • Oxygen Concentrators
  • Foetal Dopplers