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Latest News from Amalthea Trust


28 Nov 2017
Autumn Semester at Kyambogo Successfully Completed
This semester Jas taught the first topics, Electrical Safety Testing and Management of Medical Devices, himself as the relevant volunteer had to pull out at rather short notice. However, this went well, despite the very large class size this time around: 34 students in all! He had some help in the practical sessions from Patricia, a recent graduate of the Kyambogo Diploma course currently working at Mulago Hospital, which was a new departure for us. This was the first time we were able to make u ...

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19 Sep 2017
Volunteer Conference 2017
Tuesday September 19th saw a group of our volunteers joining us and some of the Hilditch Engineers for our Annual Volunteer's Conference/Seminar at Calcot Manor Hotel and Spa, which was kindly offered to us as a venue free of charge by our Trustee, Richard Ball. Also present were the donors who are currently funding the Kyambogo Programme for us. The guest speaker, Anna Worm, who has experience of training BMETs in numerous Low Income countries, and is an advisor to both THET (the Tropical ...

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11 Sep 2017
A successful conclusion to this summer's Ethiopia Programme
Ray Emslie returned from Addis Ababa on 11th August after completing the second two-week stint at the Training-of-Trainers Programme at Tegbareid Technical College. Ray was also able to include a visit to a local hospital, which for the trainees was their very first experience of this environment from an engineering perspective. This is what Ray had to say about the visit:

"On my first day at the college I was introduced to Getachew and Melik. Getachew is a member of the senior college personnel ...

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Ian Crummey's report on the first two weeks of teaching at Tegbareid Technical College, Addis Ab
Prior to departure there was a meeting of interested parties at Malmesbury to go over the safety briefing and sign a few documents, and it was also a chance to meet my co volunteer Ray. We divided the short list of equipment’s between us on what topics each of us would cover. We each then went our separate ways, organised inoculations and awaited flights and hotel booking. Amalthea need your services, but it’s all voluntary, they do however cover costs, such as flights, transport and ...

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12 Jun 2017
Amalthea Trust on the BBC about possibly working in Jamaica
Martin Worster joined BBC Radio West yesterday evening for a brief account of the work of the Amalthea Trust. It was part of a series of short articles looking at charitable work going on in that region of the UK, and the focus was on the potential new project in Jamaica which has been on the backburner for a few months now. Martin had only a few minutes to answer questions from the presenter, but it was a little bit of exposure for us, and it all helps to 'spread the word'. Although this was pa ...

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11 Dec 2016
3rd European Roundtable on Medical Equipment in Low Income Countries
On 11th December last year Mike Hilditch and Martin Worster flew to Paris to attend the above conference called by THET and HUMATEM to address the dual issues of equipment donation and capacity building of Biomedical Engineering in low resource countries. The meeting was well attended by a wide range of organisations from seven European countries and the USA with interests in one or other of these two fields. The meeting was hosted by THET and Humatem, the latter a small French NGO who try to en ...

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16 Jan 2017
1st Ugandan National Conference onBiomedical Engineering
Last week Martin flew to Uganda to represent the Amalthea Trust at the very first National Biomedical Engineering Conference to be held in the country. That this was being held at all is an indication of just how far things have come in the 8 years that we have been working in Uganda, and we were invited in recognition of our role in helping to build the country’s capacity in this essential and often overlooked field. Every key player was represented there, including THET, ECUREI, Makerere ...

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14 Nov 2016
New Projects
The Amalthea Trust is currently searching for funding in order to roll out two exciting new projects. One involves a new collaboration with the Fortportal International Nursing School (FINS), where next Easter our volunteers will be using their expertise and experience to help train final year nursing and midwifery students in the relatively under resourced West of Uganda. The other is the provision of in-service training for Biomedical Engineers and Technicians working in hospitals and clinics ...

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01 Jun 2016
Spring - 2016
Last month, our volunteers finished the spring term part of our biomedical engineering course, and we are pleased to say that it certainly didn’t disappoint! We are very happy with the results, and can’t wait for the autumn when we get to start all over again with new students.

We started with the Ultrasound module, and our volunteer lecturers for this part of the course were Jas Bilkhu, and Erasmus student, Licia Di Pietro (whose first time it was in Uganda). Licia did herself, her ...

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27 Apr 2016
EBME Conference a Success
The Amalthea Trust had a great time exhibiting at EBME on Tuesday the 26th of April. The EBME seminar is an annual event that brings together healthcare professionals who are responsible for the management of medical equipment. The event was a huge success and we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who visited our stand. It was fantastic to meet plenty of potentuial volunteers, and we hope to see a lot of you in the upcoming training course, taking place this autumn! ...

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13 Apr 2016
EBME Seminar 2016
We are delighted to once again be exhibiting at the EBME (Electrical and Biomedical Engineering) Seminar on the 26th of April 2016 in Milton Keynes. This is an excellent independent educational event bringing together healthcare professionals, and the key annual event in most medical engineer’s calendars.

Our Esteemed chairman, Mike Hilditch, will be presenting a paper on behalf of the Amalthea Trust entitled “Good Training is Better than Bad Donations” Don’t miss it ...

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12 Feb 2016
Graduates Making A Difference
The Amalthea Trust was happy to hear that some of the students we trained have recently been employed by the up and coming company Zicopp, a Ugandan company that focuses on providing repair and maintenance contracts for medical equipment in health clinics across the country. We're very glad that our graduates have found work in this industry and we're sure they're doing an excellent job! 

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18 Sep 2015
NPAG
The Amalthea Trust were proud supporters of the NPAG: Clinical Engineering Conference this month where we were overwhelmed with interest from many of the UK’s biomedical engineers. Additionally, Chairman Mike Hilditch gave a controversial yet though provoking presentation named ‘Does Charity Save the World – or Destroy it’ discussing the harm that can come from donating second-hand/ broken equipment to developing countries, following which many of the delegates expressed ...

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09 Sep 2015
Welcome Martin!
We are very pleased to announce that Martin Worster has joined us as a full time member of the team! Helping to promote the Amalthea Trust and recruit volunteers for our mission, Martin has been a long-time supporter and Trustee of the charity and we are delighted that he has chosen to become more involved. Here he is with our chief medical engineer, Roger, learning about the type of equipment we provide training for in developing countries.

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03 Nov 2014
Return from Kyambogo
Kyambogo University

For the past month the Amalthea Trust has been in Uganda for our annual autumn training session, and we are delighted to say that the course has gone terrifically. We have had the pleasure of two new volunteers, Andy Collins (teaching biomedical electronics and hospital safety) and Terry Timmons (management of medical devices, electrical safety testing, and medical gas systems), who made excellent additions to our team over the last couple of months, as well as seasoned veter ...

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04 Sep 2014
Course Start Date Draws Nearer
In two and a half weeks, the first of the Amalthea Trust's courses for this academic year will begin at Kyambogo University. After the ever increasing level of success in previous years, we can't wait to get started and see the results! We kick off the autumn session with the following modules: 

  • Biomedical electronics 
  • Cardiovascular and patient monitoring equipment
  • Management of medical devices 
  • Medical gases and ventilators 

Interesting topics to say the least! We are hug ...

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25 Jul 2014
Welcome to Our New Website!
As you can see, the Amalthea Trust’s website has had a few changes made to it, allowing you to see more of the work that we are doing as a charity. Why not head over to our new gallery page, where you can find pictures from our previous courses and events, or check back soon for testimonials and comments from volunteers and others who have been directly affected by the trust!

Very shortly, we will have extensive information about our course and what it entails, so be sure to come back shor ...

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14 Apr 2014
Marathon Countdown!
There’s only a month and a half before team Hilditch travels to Scotland in order to run the Edinburgh Marathon on the 25th May to raise funds for the Amalthea Trust. Needless to say they are cool, calm and collected about the daunting task ahead and training is going very well.

The route they will be running can be viewed by clicking the link below and, as you can see, it’s certainly not going to be a simple jog in the park!
 
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18 Mar 2014
Open Day A Success!
The Amalthea Trust held its spring open day on Saturday and we are pleased to report that it was a complete success. The purpose of the event was to give previous and potential volunteers an update on the charity’s progress; a chance to brush up on their teaching skills, and find out what is involved when volunteering for the Trust. After a brief welcome by the Amalthea Trust Chairman, Mike Hilditch, the floor was given to the speakers, who covered a range of topics that sparked some inter ...

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13 Mar 2014
2 Days Until Volunteer Training Open Day!
Our Volunteer Training Open Day is almost upon us and it looks like it’s going to be a fantastic event. The schedule has now been published and contains the following presentations:
  • Amalthea Trust: Update and Future Road Map by Steven Daglish (Amalthea Trust)
  • Promoting Multi-Disciplinary Interventions: The Role of the Bio-Medical Engineer in the Ugandan Maternal and Newborn Hub by Professor Louise Ackers (The Ugandan Mat ...

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