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The SPECT Perspective 2017

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What's New in 2017

Top 40 Under 40

Our founder, Christina Fast, was honoured to be selected as part of Avenue magazine's Top 40 Under 40 Class of 2017. 

Read More Here


First Publication

Now available in the British Medical Journal, Global Health: An analysis on limited sterile processing capabilities in the Republic of Congo, Madagascar and Benin.

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New Partner: Assist International

Under the GE Foundation Safe Surgery 2020 Initiative, Assist International awarded SPECT with a sub-contract to work with 12 hospitals in Ethiopia.


Training-of-Trainers (ToT) Program Launched

A well received extension of our ‘Basics of Sterilization’ program. The ToT course gives trainers an opportunity to refine their educator skills by demonstrating competencies and receiving feedback from their partners. 



Mercy Ships Canada funded SPECT to continue the development of our low resource sterilization unit. 60 sterilizers were distributed to 29 health centres in Benin with staff already reporting a decrease in infections.


2017 Timeline


What's on for 2018

  • Continuing to partner with Mercy Ships in Cameroon and Guinea.
  • Ongoing work in Ethiopia with Assist International, as well as a new sub-contract to begin work in Tanzania. 
  • Attending a number of global conferences including IAHCSMMICANCAMDR and WFHSS.


"My time with SPECT was one full of learning, growth and hands on experience. It brought me great joy to witness sustainable change while seeing such positive engagement and collaboration between the SPECT team and participants...." 

Read more about Michelle's experience in Benin & Ethiopia.



A huge thank-you to Barb Leteta, Michelle Webb, Tara McHardy and Lindsay Penner who all volunteered with SPECT in 2017. 

And to all of you who continue to make our work possible through financial donations and other contributions, we wouldn't be here without your support!


Stay up-to-date on our blog for current news on projects & partnerships!