About this conference
Research carried out by the World Health Organization (WHO) reveals that almost 95 percent of medics practicing in less developed countries are reliant on medical technology that has been imported.
More than half of this technology, however, is not utilised as staff have insufficient means to maintain the equipment or insufficient knowledge to operate it. Subsequently, there is inadequate provision for administering healthcare in the developing world.
Other problems include unreliable power and water supplies, inappropriate donations of equipment, consumables and pharmaceuticals, unsafe disposal of medical equipment and waste, political instability and war.
The need is for appropriate, affordable, sustainable and quality equipment, supplies and support in both development and emergency situations.
For the first time this unique international conference will be incorporated in MEIbioeng 16, continuing to provide delegates with the opportunity to learn about the key issues surrounding healthcare provision in low resource settings and to network with fellow workers.