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Assessment and planning

Clearly defined requirements, deliverables and timings

In close collaboration with the Ministry of Health, MEG conducted a technical and organisational assessment at each of the 80 NICU sites. Consideration was given to everything from building requirements in terms of wall specifications, temperature, ventilation, water and power supply, to preparations for installation of equipment.

A clearly defined plan for 5-phase, 18-month project was then drawn up and agreed between all parties. This included exact timings, required resources and key deliverables for each phase. 

Implementation

A local presence for effective and efficient partnership

Overseen by an experienced Project Manager deployed to Addis Ababa for the duration, MEG’s experienced, well-qualified personnel have been working closely with carefully selected local partners to implement the project. Learnings from feedback, training sessions and ongoing interaction with all local stakeholders has been put to good use through all stages of preparation and installation. This has enabled effective issue resolution and fast decision-making.

Training of local staff

To educate staff in the relevant hospitals about use and maintenance of the units, MEG teamed up with local partners and manufacturers to initiate, develop and manage a train-the-trainer programme for 23 Federal Ministry of Health key biomedical engineers. These engineers can now take the lead in training local personnel, supported by full (technical) documentation, tools and video support. Continuous learning is achieved through post-session evaluations, which are used to update the curriculum and training materials as necessary each time.

After-care

Lasting value

To ensure the installed equipment continues to function perfectly, MEG has implemented a preventive and corrective maintenance programme. This is carried out by a subcontracted technical team who visit each site twice yearly to check the equipment’s condition, carry out repairs and make any necessary adjustments. All findings and actions are documented and verified by the end-user to provide maximum transparency.

Local Service Providers have committed to maintaining sustainability following the eventual departure of MEG’s locally deployed personnel.

The future

Full renovation of all healthcare facilities

This NICU upgrade demonstrated MEG’s expertise in fully managing and executing every aspect of a complex health facility renovation project. From ensuring the building was in a suitable condition at the start to seamlessly equipping it, with products and people, to a functional state. But our abilities go even further, to include construction of entirely new sites. Wherever healthcare is needed in the world, we are able to take on the challenge. For every kind of healthcare facility and for every component necessary for success. Our experts are always on hand to discuss your specific requirements.

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