With great sadness, Engineering World Health needs to inform our employees, friends, and supporters of the death of Mr. Hun Sam An Sarith. He died on Friday the 25th of July due to a traffic accident in Cambodia.
Sarith was EWH’s On the Ground Coordinator, our first employee in Cambodia, and a key contributor to our Biomedical Equipment Technician (BMET) training program. Sarith was a past President and part of the founding of the Cambodian Radiological Society and a former radiographic technician. He was personally and professionally well acquainted with the healthcare challenges in Cambodia.
Sarith used his extensive Cambodian healthcare network to advance the training of the first BMETs in Cambodia. He was bilingual and patient in teaching cultural lessons to the broader EWH family.
He was an important part of our team. Sarith clearly enjoyed his work with EWH and participated more broadly by communicating one on one with members of our EWH team around the globe. Sarith was an active user of Facebook and communicated to friends and pen pals across the globe. He was proud to be an important part of an international effort in global health.
Sarith was very friendly and outgoing. Anyone who met him made a new friend. An enthusiastic sportsman, Sarith even devoted time to coaching the EWH football teams (matches between our school classes). This was clearly more than a job to Sarith. He was passionate and committed to the cause of improving healthcare through BMET training.
We will miss him deeply.
Sarith leaves behind a wife and three young children. His seventh day funeral ceremony will begin on 31 July 2014. We hope the supporters of EWH would contribute to Sarith’s family in this critical time. EWH will receive donations in Sarith’s name and ensure his family receives them. Thank you.
If you would like to donate to Sarith's family, please give through our online donation form here. In the comment section, be sure to indicate that this donation is for Sarith. All money collected in honor of Sarith and in support of his family will be given directly to his wife and children.
EWH is a truly global community, inspiring, educating, and empowering the biomedical engineering community to improve health care in the developing world.