Medical equipment to donate to nations in need should be high in quality, compatible with power grids, and usable by existing medical personnel, reports Scientific American. Such equipment may include ultrasound machines, according to PBS.
Necessary medical equipment for donations also includes small blood-testing devices as well as devices, currently under development, to find and separate bacteria and viruses, notes Harvard Gazette. Recipients in developing countries are only able to use up to a third of donated medical equipment, according to Scientific American. Their lack of replacement parts and/or training often prevents them from running or repairing equipment such as X-ray machines and incubators. Donors should also avoid high-tech equipment that might overburden third-world systems, advises Borgen Magazine.