The reality of the level of need where GMH operates can be hard to grasp. Here are some comparative (and frankly shocking) numbers that illustrate the disparity within the familiar context of a country like Canada.
Figure 1. The correlation between reported job satisfaction and reported equipment efficiency by hospital staff at our partner hospitals between 2011 and 2016. Greater equipment efficiency corresponds to greater job satisfaction (Spearman’s rank test, n=208, r=0.54, p<0.05).
Figure 2. A comparison of the level of equipment requested over time in the Upper East (UE) and Upper West (UW). Requests for basic equipment increase to a peak in 2014 and then begin to decrease, while requests for advanced equipment increase each year. As the need for basic equipment is met, hospitals are seeking more specialized equipment.
Figure 3. Frequency of equipment requests in 2015 by type in the Upper East (UE) and Upper West (UW). The most requested items were basic DMT (diagnosis, monitoring & treatment) equipment, followed by patient management equipment, surgical equipment, hospital infrastructure and life support equipment.
Figure 4. Frequency of equipment donated by GMH in 2015. Most frequently donated items were for patient management, emergency & life support, and basic diagnosis, monitoring and treatment.
Figure 5. A Wordcloud representing the most commonly requested equipment items between 2011 and 2016. Larger words are items requested more often; smaller words are requested less often.