“I saw three pulse oximeters while I was there. One was non-functional, the other two were unreliable. I believe that they were badly affected by the heat and that the probes were of poor design.”
– Robert Neighbour, Diamedica Ltd
Minimal equipment doesn’t stop healthcare workers doing their job – it just makes it infinitely more difficult, and infinitely more distressing. As well as the usual, growing burden of surgical disease, the hospital teams had to deal with the knife and gunshot wounds from escalating regional conflicts.
When we were sent this picture – of a Lifebox oximeter arriving at a hospital in great need – there were no Chadian physican anaesthetists in the entire country.