Throughout the different institutes the newly established biomedical departments are now growing rapidly as the demand is becoming greater amongst students as well as hospitals. ‘Hospitals are more aware of what the biomedical technicians can do for them, they also understand that technicians are not the same as general electricians. They take care of specialized sensitive equipment’. According to a graduate student from Tegbare-id who is now working in a hospital as head of the biomedical maintenance department ‘there are still very few technicians, we fix equipment every day, especially now that the hospitals know what the technicians can fix it. Sometimes we are so busy that we have to spend the night at the hospital, that is how large the need is’. Even though awareness about the importance of biomedical technicians within hospitals has increased in the past few years, it is still a focus area for the polytechnic colleges.
The ambition of Tegbare-id is to establish itself as the main excellence center for Ethiopia in the field of biomedical engineering and technicians training and to become an example for other universities and colleges throughout Eastern Africa. Also the colleges in the regions have the ambition to become centers of excellence to ensure that the biomedical technicians can penetrate deeper into the corners of Ethiopia, such as Jijiga, Afar, and Somali land. Here they aim to reach the hospitals and communities that need the technicians most since equipment is scarce and conditions are hard.
According to Tegbare-id as well as other institutes that are involved in the establishment of biomedical engineering in Ethiopia the key to the success of this project was the commitment of the local staff and the close cooperation and communication with different partners.
This blog is based on various projects amongst which NICHE – ETH210 and NICHE – ETH247 funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, managed by NUFFIC