Tamatav/Toamasina, Antsirabe and Antananarivo
2014 - 2016
SPECT worked alongside Mercy Ships International to provide sterile processing education to 97 staff members from 38 hospitals and clinics throughout 3 different regions. In addition, 30 pressure cooker sterilization systems were distributed, an achievement made possible by funding by Grand Challenges Canada. 10 new high-quality mattresses with covers were donated to the maternity ward in a hospital in Antsirabe to replace mattresses that no longer provided support, lacked covers, and were badly stained conduits of infection.
SPECT spent 2-3 weeks visiting 23 hospitals and clinics to assess their sterile processing practices. This involved: engaging hospital staff in cleaning the decontamination areas of the hospital, making recommendations for changes to flow of instruments and materials to decrease potential for cross-contamination, re-organizing equipment and furniture to facilitate new workflow and providing posters to assist in maintaining new workflow processes. Global News Calgary joined SPECT in Madagascar to film SPECT’s work: http://globalnews.ca/news/2716954/calgary-woman-brings-infection-prevention-to-madagascar-hospitals/.