I am the CEO of Engineering World Health. I have a PhD in political science, have written books, been a college professor, run non-profits.
I have never, ever soldered.
This is no longer acceptable.
So, I volunteered myself as a tester of one of our training manuals and kit builds (in my case, an ECG tester). EWH engineers have created these educational kits, and they are available at different levels of difficulty to university engineering classes and Engineering World Health Chapters. Many of our Chapters and our staff use them as teaching tools for high school and middle school STEM programs.
Representatives from GE Foundation and GE’s Hispanic Forum recently completed a visit to Honduras. On November 12, 2013, as a highlight of the trip, GE delivered a new donation of two infant incubators, two continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) infant ventilators, and a diagnostic ultrasound to the neonatal unit at Hospital Escuela, the largest public hospital in Honduras, and a reference hospital for many of the more rural public hospitals in Honduras.
In the five years since the original GE donation that completely overhauled the neonatal unit – including dozens of new machines such as infant incubators, patient monitors, infusion pumps, and infant ventilators – the Hospital Escuela Neonatal Unit has seen infant mortality drop by over 50% under the guidance of Dr. Armando Flores.
GE Foundation presents the clinical staff of the Hospital Escuela Neonatal Unit with children's blankets, symbolic of GE's continued support at the hospital, and of the medical equipment donation delivered on November 12, 2013.
Summer 2013 saw EWH partner with Texas A&M, the Rwandan Ministry of Health, and local polytechnic IPRC to create a brand new Summer Institute in Rwanda. 13 students from 5 U.S. universities participated.
Testing Blood Oxygen level with repaired with pulse oximeter
The Rwanda Summer Institute has some basic similarities with our programs in Nicaragua and Tanzania. Students with engineering or science backgrounds spent one month in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali, taking classes in medical equipment repair, French, and Kinyarwanda. During the second month, participants were placed in hospitals around the country to troubleshoot and repair medical equipment.
Photo: Justin Cooper (far right) of Engineering World Health participated in the training seminar led by Jerry Zion (third from right) of Fluke Biomedical, along with biomedical engineers from Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay, and Peru, among engineers from other Latin American countries at the conference.
Fluke Biomedical is currently hosting week-long training summits on quality assurance for medical devices in various international locations, with their first international summit held in Lima, Peru from October 7 to 11. This training session pulled in biomedical engineers and technicians from all across Latin America looking to strengthen their technical skills and learn about the latest technologies from Fluke Biomedical. Courses included lectures on the theory of operation and principles of calibration for various medical devices, and demonstrations of practical skills on the latest technology from Fluke for measuring, calibrating, and diagnosing medical devices. The course was led by Jerry Zion, the Fluke Biomedical Training Manager.
Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital, the largest hospital in Cambodia
After returning from his first session of study in EWH's BMET program in Cambodia to his home hospital – the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital in Phnom Penh, the country’s largest hospital – Mr. Ngin Touch was faced with a problem common in developing world hospitals: he had two autoclaves, both donated second-hand and neither of them functional. However, the skills and knowledge he had gained in his first two months of full-time study in troubleshooting and repair of sterilizing equipment guided his work on these two autoclaves and helped shape the rest of his four months of clinical placement in his home hospital.