During the month of February, the three biomedical instructors at Instituto Nacional de Formación Profesional (INFOP) received specialized training on various aspects of radiology equipment. Our BMET Manager in Honduras, Justin Cooper, delivered this training at INFOP with support from experienced biomedical engineers and technicians in Tegucigalpa. This training is part of EWH’s larger efforts to support INFOP in establishing a locally-sustainable BMET Training Program with an equipped laboratory and well-trained instructors.
INFOP biomedical instructors Carlos Wadi (left) and Francisco Ortiz work on installing a portable X-ray machine.
Written by Claire Duvallet
Early in December, EWH Cambodia received notice that our shipping container full of donated medical equipment from the GE Foundation had been released from customs and would soon be on its way to the classroom. Thankfully, a large storage room had been organized and built the week before: a wall was added to section off the back of the classroom next door to the EWH office. In fact, in true Cambodian fashion, this mini-construction project only took about three days from conception to completion!
Ray and two students unpack two new ventilators EWH staff & students unload the truck
Dr. Bob Malkin, co-founder of EWH, and Chelsea Whittle, from the Developing World Healthcare Technology Lab, have published an article in the Journal of Clinical Engineering on the impact of EWH’s BMET training program on healthcare delivery in Rwanda.
According to the UN, as much as 70% of medical equipment in the developing world is out of service. This results in doctors being unable to properly diagnose patients, delays surgeries, and presents countless other obstacles to efficient delivery of health care.
Babies forced to double up in Nicaragua due to lack of resources.
UNITEC biomedical engineering students record the technical steps for using an electrical safety analyzer to test an infant warmer.
In Honduras, Engineering World Health has helped to establish a three-party collaboration among the Instituto Nacional de Formación Profesional (INFOP), Universidad Tecnológica Centroamericana (UNITEC), and EWH. Together, we are working to create the essential curriculum documents for the BMET Training Program run at INFOP.