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:

The training has been helpful because we know how to decrease infection in the hospital and because of this the patient’s stay is shorter.
— Stanislas, Training Participant