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.
The 7th IET International Conference provides delegates with a great opportunity to learn about the key issues surrounding healthcare provision in the developing world and to network with fellow workers.
There will be a post-conference on-line debate on the electronic discussion forum INFRATECH. For those delegates and authors who have not already subscribed to INFRATECH, instructions on how to subscribe can be found on the INFRATECH website.
Note: all authors will be required to subscribe to INFRATECH before their papers can be accepted for presentation at the conference. Papers presented at the conference will be available on-line for a limited period after the conference in order to facilitate the on-line debate.
The IET (and the IEE before it) have been holding these two-yearly events on appropriate healthcare technologies (AHT) since the year 2000. Archives on previous events and resources on AHT can be found on the Appropriate Healthcare Technologies for Developing Countries (AHT) community website.