Our Mission

SPECT is a non-profit organization assisting with sterilization techniques & education in hospitals and clinics in developing countries. 

Mission: To reduce infection rates by improving sterilization practices in developing countries.

Vision: To see sterile processing practices in developing countries raised to international standards.

What We Do:

Sterile Processing Education Charitable Trust (SPECT) consults with hospitals and clinics in developing countries to assist in improving sterilization techniques and to provide education in related areas of infection control and quality assurance. The goal of SPECT is to document a significant decrease in infections related to unsterile instruments in patients undergoing surgical procedures. Our belief is that by providing education and resources to health care workers, we will empower them to develop and maintain safe sterile practices within their medical community. SPECT dedicates itself to the promotion of the highest quality of reprocessing possible within limited resource settings to ensure patient safety and wellbeing. In addition, SPECT supports the development of innovative methods to sterilize instruments that are low cost and can be easily maintained within the hospital or clinic.

Partnership with Mercy Ships:
When Mercy Ships sends advance teams to a country to discuss a ship visit, meetings are held with senior Ministry of Health officials. One opportunity offered at these meetings is to have SPECT educators provide sterile processing training for hospital and clinic staff. If these officials welcome the opportunity, SPECT volunteers begin an extensive evaluation process of not only the sterilization procedures at each facility but also worksite arrangements and efficiency. Health care workers are then invited to a classroom course followed by hands on mentoring at their workplace after the classroom sessions.

We’ve found the greatest key to change is listening and understanding first. Change doesn’t happen overnight, it starts to appear when you learn to appreciate the culture you’re working in and how to adapt teaching techniques to suit the needs of the people.