Suction Machine at Meru

Summer & Winter Institutes

Nicaragua – An evolution of EWH's first Central America Summer Institute, the Nicaragua program is run in partnership with Duke University. 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 in Usa River, near Arusha, students learn Swahili and technical skills before spending five weeks maintaining and repairing vital medical equipment. The Tanzania program is also run in partnership with Duke University.

Rwanda – In partnership with Texas A&M, EWH began our Rwanda SI program in 2013.  After studying French and Kinyarwanda in Kigali, EWH students work to repair hospital equipment alongside EWH-trained BMETs.

Guatemala - EWH's first Winter Institute began in January 2015. It is a three-week service abroad trip during university students' January break. Engineering students from Rochester Institute of Technology in New York and George Mason University in Virginia take a course during the fall semester to learn about medical equipment repair and health care challenges in a low-resource setting. These students then spend three weeks in Guatemala, joined by Summer Institute Alumni, working in hospitals in small teams to repair medical equipment. The second Guatemala Winter Institute will take place in January 2016.

Nepal - EWH's Nepal Winter Institute will begin in January 2016. It is our first SI Alumni-only program, offering them the opportunity to put their skills to use again in a new setting. SI Alums will spend 3 weeks working in small groups to repair hospital equipment in Dhulikhel, Kathmandu, and Bharatpur.

Beginning in July 2016, EWH will partner with the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) for Summer Institute Nepal. DTU will give students technical traning in preparation for a 6 week session in Nepal. SI Alumni will also be welcome in this program.

Cambodia - In partnership with the University of New South Wales, SI Cambodia will begin in February 2016. Australian students will be pre-trained during their semester in preparation for 8 weeks in Cambodia repairing medical equipment and working alongside BMET Training students.


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 has successfully turned this program over to our educational partner, the Instituto Nacional de Formación Profesional, which continues to train and certify BMETs.

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

Cambodia – In 2012, EWH started training BMETs in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  This program marks our first venture into Asia and we are thrilled with the progress we have made! We are working in partnership with the GE Foundation, the University of Puthisastra, and the Ministry of Health to ensure this program's longterm future as we train and mentor students, build a Center of Excellence, and train the trainers who will sustain the program after us.

 Nigeria - EWH's newest BMET Training program is in Lagos, Nigeria. Through collaboration with the GE Foundation, the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Heath, and Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), the program began with 19 students enrolled at LUTH. EWH has already created a functional, well-stocked training workshop, and a full hospital BMET Center of Excellence (CoE) will be completed by the end of 2016.

Ethiopia - Beginning in fall 2015, EWH, in partnership with the GE Foundation, PEPFAR, and AIHA, will begin a BMET Training program in Ethiopia.

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. Visit our Summer Institute and BMET Training pages for more information about the programs.

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