Engineering World Health
We inspire, educate, and empower the biomedical engineering community to improve healthcare delivery in the developing world.
EWH is a dynamic global organization serving engineering students, healthcare professionals, communities around the world and, most importantly, patients in need.
EWH inspires, educates and empowers young engineers, scientists and medical professionals from more developed parts of the world to use their engineering skills to improve global health. EWH offers young professionals an eye-opening, life-changing experience that encourages life-long engagement with global health, and enables them immediately to provide meaningful service to patients in the developing world.
EWH also supports training programs in Asia, Africa and Latin America that are building a workforce of in-country biomedical engineering technicians and instructors. Working in partnership with local hospitals, educational institutions and governments, EWH is improving local capacity to run efficient hospitals up to international standards now and in the future.
EWH design competitions encourage innovation in lifesaving medical equipment for under-resourced parts of the world.
From its university chapters to its K-12 STEM education programs, from its engagement of exceptional students in the developed world to the education of newly empowered technicians in Africa, Asia and Latin America, EWH builds a global engineering community of knowledge development and exchange.
Together, we are on a journey to improve patient care and save lives throughout the world.
Engineering professors Bob Malkin and Mohammad Kiani established EWH in 2001 while they were at the University of Memphis. Their goal was to engage students to help improve the technological infrastructure of clinics and hospitals in resource-poor countries. Under Dr. Malkin’s leadership and with help from a handful of volunteers, EWH initiated and grew programs, including a student summer program, an equipment design program, and college and university chapters throughout the United States.
In 2008, a multi-year grant from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation allowed EWH to evolve from a volunteer-based organization to an independent, professional NGO.
Since that time, we continue to build programs that educate and engage students from both more-developed and less-developed parts of the globe to inspire the development of innovative health technologies and to promote an international community of bioengineering knowledge exchange, with information about appropriate technologies and technical skills flowing to and from developed and underdeveloped regions of the globe.