The titles in this Series are designed to contribute to improved healthcare technology management in the health sectors of developing countries, although they may also be relevant to emerging economies, and other types of country. They are are aimed at people who work for, or assist, health service provider organizations in developing countries. Though targeted primarily at those working in health facilities or within the decentralized health authorities, many of the principles will also apply to staff in other organizations (for example, those managing health equipment in the Ministry of Works, private maintenance workshops, and head offices).
Guide 3 aims to outline the wide variety of procurement and commissioning activities in a practical way. This will help you to acquire, deploy, and use the right equipment and equipment-related supplies. The activities involved are equally relevant whether you buy, hire or loan your equipment, or receive it as a donation.
This Guide aims to explain:
- the options open to you for obtaining and sourcing equipment and supplies
- the activities you need to carry out before purchasing
- the steps you need to take when purchasing goods
- how to prepare for and receive, store, and distribute goods in-country
- the process of receiving goods on site, and installing, commissioning, and accepting them
- how to monitor your activities so you can improve future procurement and commissioning exercises
TALC, St. Albans, UK, ISBN: 0-9549467-2-3, 352 pp.