Summer Institute

Nicaragua – Students spend four weeks in the city of Granada studying Spanish, local culture, and hands-on technical skills.  Then, students spend the second month of their SI experience in pairs throughout the country, working in public hospitals and rural clinics. 

Tanzania – Hospitals in Tanzania lack skilled technical staff and have a great need of our students’ services.  Beginning inUsa River, near Arusha, students learn Swahili and technical skills before spending the second month maintaining and repairing vital medical equipment.

Rwanda – In partnership with Texas A&M, EWH began our Rwanda SI program in 2013.  After studying French and Kinyarwanda in Kigali, EWH students repaired 112 pieces of hospital equipment and worked alongside our BMET Training students to build and improve BMET workshops.

BMET Training

Rwanda – Our first BMET Training program began in Kigali in 2009 through generous funding from the GE Foundation.  In four years, the program has become an officially accredited academic program which issues Rwandan diplomas to its graduates.  Since early 2013, EWH has been training the trainers who will take over the program.

Honduras – Started in 2010, our Honduras program provides more advanced training and expands the opportunities available for local BMETs.  EWH is now in a transitional phase supporting our educational partner, the Instituto Nacional de Formación Profesional, and will turn the program over entirely to local control in 2014.

Ghana – With the generous support of the GE Foundation, EWH is building Centers of Excellence at Kintampo, Mampong, Axim, Apom, and Sunyani Regional Hospitals in Ghana.  These fully-equipped workshops will provide space for BMETs to repair equipment and train future technicians.

Cambodia – EWH’s newest BMET training program is in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  This program marks our first venture into Asia and we are thrilled with the progress we have made in the last year.


We are always looking for opportunities to work with new partners, both by exploring cutting-edge approaches in existing partner countries, and by expanding SI and BMET programs in new partner countries.

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