Mike Hilditch is Managing Director of The Hilditch Group and Chairman of the Trustees of The Amalthea Trust, Mike and Nicky Hilditch established the charity, which is supported by The Hilditch Group, following research they carried out on the best ways of helping healthcare development in Low Income Countries. It was apparent from work carried out by, amongst others, The Global Partnership for Anaesthesia and Surgery, that whilst there was not necessarily a shortage of medical equipment in hospitals, there was a huge shortage of trained technicians to maintain the equipment.
Hence much of the equipment in major acute hospitals was not working or frequently broke down, medical equipment maintenance has now been recognised as a key area of concern and improvement by the World Health Organisation. The Amalthea Trust partners existing technical colleges in LIC’s and with the assistance of a band of intrepid NHS Medical Engineer volunteers we offer practical medical equipment training to a range of students. To date we have trained over 80 medical engineering technicians in Uganda and provided Train with the Trainer courses in Ethiopia.