UNECA and UIRI partner to promote engineering innovations for improved healthcare in Uganda
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The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the Uganda Industrial Research Institute (UIRI) and their key national partners- Makerere University and Kyambogo university; have agreed to forge a close collaboration to promote biomedical engineering for improved healthcare in the country. Speaking on behalf of the Director, ICT, Science and Technology Division (ISTD), Victor Konde stated that Africa spends close to $3 billion a year in imports of critical medical devices and services intended to save lives but a good proportion of the equipment remain uninstalled, improperly used and poorly maintained. Yet, Africa has the institutions and the intellectual talent needed to produce highly skilled biomedical engineers capable of sourcing, installing, maintaining, upgrading, designing and producing robust and cost-effective medical devices.