How to make basic hospital equipmentThere are parts of the world where the amount of money available for health careservices is pitifully small. A dollar a head a year buys very little when it has to covernot only salaries, drugs, etc.,but also the building and equipping of health carefacilities. Prices in the catalogues of even second-hand equipment are enough to deteranyone who wants to’start a health centre or small hospital from scratch in one of themany underserved areas where the needs are greatest and money is scarcest.However, a great deal of the basic but important equipment upon which health servicesin developing regions depend can be made locally without sophisticated or capltal-intensive techniques. In Africa, for example, Will Ebues designed beds, trolleys, wheel-chairs and other equipment made from wood, metal tubing and wheels taken fromscrap heaps. His plans and designs as well as others developed by health care workersin various parts of the world have now been brought together in this book compiledby Roger England. It is hoped that they wit! help to solve some of the problems ofequipping rural hospitals using local
;r c and local resources and materials whilestill providing adequate equipment for GM cost.Roger England is a consultant in the plarirrir;? and or!tanisation of health care. Hisrecent assignments include the planning of rural health development in south-westSudan and urban slum health improvement in Jorda.r, He is also a Research Fellowat the Department of Community Health, N;utti,lgham, workirlg on appropriateplanning and management methods in health care.ISBN 0 90303160 4Intermediate Technology Publications Ltd.,9 King Street, London WC2E 8HN.