​In training and in practice, equipment maintenance can become a weak component of a laboratory system—so many crises and urgent needs claim attention.

Yet a solid maintenance effort can provide great returns: protection of the investment in equipment, improved quality and efficiency and, most important, health improvements.

In Ethiopia, the biomedical equipment technician training offered limited instruction in laboratory equipment maintenance. APHL, working with CDC-Ethiopia and RTI, aimed to increase the National Health workforce and build local capacity and ownership by training a class of biomedical engineers who could verify, install, operate and troubleshoot biomedical equipment. But stakeholders in Ethiopia sought a sustainable solution that went beyond that training—and so did APHL.

The result is a more smoothly functioning laboratory system.