For some medical projects, Assist International will design a high-impact project tailored to one specific hospital or health clinic in the developing world. Many of these projects are located in very remote areas where the local doctors and nurses do not have the proper medical equipment to care for the local community. In these situations, providing state-of-the-art medical equipment and training the local hospital staff how to use them can drastically increase the capacity of the hospital.
Assist International works with local Ministries of Health and community leaders to identify hospitals and clinics in need of life-saving improvements. We then work with the local hospital to address the specific challenges faced by the community. Once the project has been designed, we work with our partners to provide the required equipment, and we send a team of highly trained medical professionals to install the equipment and train local personnel. To ensure sustainability, we stay involved with the hospital by providing additional training, repairs, and consumables.
For these projects, we work with a wide variety of partners, including foundations, hospital groups, international service clubs, corporations, faith-based groups and individual donors. Rotary International has been a long-time partner of Assist International, and together we have completed many high-impact medical projects in the developing world.
Over the years, we have developed expertise in installing ICU/CCU units, CT scanners, ultrasounds, and other important medical technologies. Here are some examples of these projects:
ICU/CCU Installation in Zanzibar
We partnered with Rotary International to renovate the ICU/CCU wing of Mnazi Mmoja Hospital in Zanzibar. Before the renovation, the people of the community told us that they were terrified of the ICU/CCU room because “nobody ever came out alive.” As soon as the project was completed, a young child’s life was saved because the hospital staff was able to keep the child on life-support until they were able to determine how to properly treat him. Now, the ICU/CCU had been transformed from a “room of death” to a “room of life.”
CT Scan Installation in Bomet, Kenya
Tenwek Hospital is a mission hospital located in Bomet, Kenya. Tenwek is a 300 bed hospital that serves a population of 800,000 Southwest Kenya and serves as a surgery referral center for the entire region of more than 8.5 million people. The first CT Scanner in the region was donated by Toshiba Medical Systems and installed by Assist International in 2011.
Medical Equipment Upgrade in Vientiane, Lao PDR
Assist International was asked by the US Ambassador to Laos, Karen B. Steward, to help increase the capacity of Mahosot Hospital, located in the capital city of Vientiane, Lao PDR. Mahosot Hospital is the leading teaching and referral hospital in the country and the chief referral hospital for the 18 Provinces in the country. Vientiane has a population of over 850,000 people.
Assist International was provided a grant from Rotary International to assess the hospital and create a project that would have the most positive impact. As part of the project, Mahosot Hospital received 2 defibrillators, 1 electro-surgical unit, 1, surgical light, 1 EKG machine, 1 GE C5 Ultrasound, 2 Masimo RAD-8 Pulse Oximeters, 2 – Masimo Pronto Pulse CO-Oximeters, 10 vital sign GE monitors, one central station, 1 infant warmer, 6 syringe pumps, 6 infusion pumps, 2 ventilators, neonatal, and medical accessories and supplies.