Donations of orthopaedic equipment also cause problems

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7098.1906 (Published 28 June 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1906
  1. Alberto Gregori, Visiting orthopaedic surgeona
  1. a Zambian Italian Orthopaedic Hospital, PO Box 30221, Lusaka, Zambia

    Editor—I agree with H V Hogerzeil and colleagues about the problems that may be caused by drug donations.1 Sadly, such problems also extend to donations of orthopaedic equipment and appliances. Most orthopaedic departments in the developing world rely on donated orthopaedic implants and equipment. This, however, entails considerable transport costs because of the weight involved. …

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