• An App for Technicians in the Developing World

    Summer Institute Alumna Brittany Allen is a member of the group Tech Connect, from Johns Hopkins University, which is currently developing a BMET troubleshooting app. The app is based on EWH troubleshooting flowcharts and library resources. This summer, the group went to Rwanda to test out their app and get feedback from BMETs. The following is Brittany’s account:

    Tech Connect Team in Kibuye

    The Tech Connect Team in Kibuye

  • April News!

    April 2015

    Dear Friends of Engineering World Health:

    Our students - whether they study at Duke University in North Carolina or the Lagos University Teaching Hospital in Nigeria - continue to use their engineering skills to innovate and find creative solutions to global health challenges. EWH is proud to support the exchange of knowledge among our students as we foster a worldwide network of biomedical professionals.

    Check out our recent & upcoming work:

    Summer Institute 2015

    Engineering World Health is excited to welcome the Summer Institute Class of 2015! This year we're proud to host one of our most diverse groups yet. Out of 67 students, 34 are women and 30 are students of color. In addition, our students hail from ten countries - including the US, Australia, the UK, Canada, China, Denmark, Ghana, Guatemala, Japan, and Nigeria - and 31 universities. Our first group starts in Nicaragua on May 17!

    EWH was able to give over $94,000 in scholarships to students, ensuring that the Summer Institute hosts the most innovative and dedicated students, regardless of individual ability to pay. Many thanks to the Derfner Foundation, BD, MedTech, the FJC Group, the Alice & Donald Noble Foundation, the Roddis Foundation, and the Max & Victoria Dreyfus Foundation for their generous support of EWH's Summer Institute participants.

  • BMET Rwanda: Workshops & Student Design Projects

    The biomedical engineering lab at IPRC will be fully operational this fall: a brand new 200 square meters lab will be available for training students and teachers. Our OTGC, Costica, has helped with the installation of the lab’s sophisticated medical gas system, and the teachers in training will use the installation of training equipment in their new lab as a great hands-on learning experience.

    BMET Students work on theater lights

  • Congratulations to 2012 Design Competition Winners On Closing Seed Funding Round

    Abigail Cohen and Andrew Brimer were members of the winning Washington University in St. Louis team for EWH's 2012 Design Competition. They went on to found the startup Sparo Labs in St. Louis, Missouri.

    We are very proud to share the news that Sparo Labs has closed a $1.25M Seed Funding Round with a strong lead group of investors from Michigan and others from New York and St. Louis! Engineering World Health wishes our former chapter members the best of luck in their future engineering pursuits and in Sparo Labs' continued growth.

    See full press release below:

  • Cornell University Chapter Goes to Peru, Part 1

    Guest Blog written by EWH Chapter at Cornell University

    Trip to Peru

    Recently, five members of Cornell's EWH team returned from field research Lima, Peru. There, we spent eight days partnering with MEDLIFE International. Our team members volunteered in the MEDLIFE clinics to improve their understanding of how healthcare technology is administered in developing countries. They gained deep insights into the community and regional clinic system and came back with many new ideas for medical devices, some of which are now in development.

    EWH Cornell Group

  • Cornell University Chapter Goes to Peru, Part 2

    Guest Blog written by EWH Chapter at Cornell University, continued from Part 1.

    Team Impact

    After sifting through the interviews and notes, EWH has come up with the two most promising design ideas which came out of Peru.

    A daily debrief after clinic work

    Daily Team Meeting After Clinic Work

  • Designing for Low-Resource Hospitals

    Our friends Reece Stevens with FreePulse and David Kovacs with Access Health Care Nepalhave teamed up!

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    Reece Stevens (left) & David Kovacs (right)

  • EWH February News

    February 2015

    Dear Friends of Engineering World Health:

    EWH is working closely with our partners to improve and expand our programs.

    Our student programs are thriving! The first Winter Institute in Guatemala hosted 5 SI Alums and 9 students from our partner schools, Rochester Insitute of Technology and George Mason University. We currently have 38 active university Chapters around the world, many of which are busy reigstering for our annual Design Competition. Meanwhile, we're preparing for a fantastic Summer Institute experience with the newly accepted class of 2015!

    Students in our BMET Training programs are making excellent progress. We recently highlighted the success of the Rwanda program on our blog. As we continue to strengthen healthcare infrastructure in East Africa, we're looking to add new BMET Trainers & Mentors to our numbers.

    In our STEM program, we are introducing more students to engineering and training more teachers to bring STEM activities into their classrooms.

  • EWH UC San Diego Hosts 3rd Annual HealthHack

    For the third year in a row, the EWH Chapter at the University of California – San Diego hosted their HealthHack. This year, 181 participants could choose one of two tracks: health care delivery or refugee health. This highly interdisciplinary and collaborative event featured more than 35 completed proposals, with support from 57 mentors and judges from a variety of fields, and awarded $12,000 in prize money.

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  • Makerere University's Biomedical Engineering Freshman's Challenge

    Written in collaboration with KYAGULANYI ALLY, President of the EWH Makerere Chapter.Makerere Logo

    Each year, the Makerere University Biomedical Engineering Students’ Association (MUBESA) and the Makerere EWH Chapter in Uganda come together to welcome the new students of the Biomedical Engineering program with the Freshman’s Challenge. This challenge brings first year students together to explore a given healthcare challenge and develop solutions.

    This year, the 4th Annual Freshman’s Challenge focused on the theme, “innovative health technologies to impact maternal and infant health.”

  • Sparo Labs Launches Wing

    EWH is happy to share this announcement from our friends at Sparo Labs:

    Sparo Labs Launches Wing to Give Peace of Mind to People with AsthmaSparo Labs logo

    ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI— Sparo Labs, a digital health startup based in downtown St. Louis, has launched sales of its flagship product, Wing®. Wing is the first over-the-counter, FDA-cleared smartphone sensor for measuring and tracking lung function. This means anyone can purchase Wing – no prescription necessary – through the Wing website to proactively manage asthma or their respiratory conditions.

    Wing is a pocket-sized sensor and cloud-connected app that provides peace of mind to parents of children with asthma. For children, asthma is the #1 condition causing ER visits, hospitalizations, and missed school. Asthma is currently managed reactively as many people struggle to recognize early warning signs of an asthma attack until they are having trouble breathing and it may already be too late. However, almost every asthma attack, ER visit, hospitalization, and death due to asthma is preventable.

  • The Summer Institute Goes To Uganda!

    Written by Maddy Bishop-Van Horn, EWH's Summer Institute Coordinator

    Kelsey and Thomas walk to work at Uganda Heart InstituteThis year, EWH is running our first Summer Institute program in Uganda. The Uganda program builds on a strong partnership between Makerere University (a prestigious university in Uganda's capital, Kampala) and Duke University. Although the program still focuses on biomedical equipment support in hospitals, it has some key differences from our other programs.

  • VCU EWH Chapter members win 3rd place at JHU Hackathon

    Thanks to Brittany Allen, VCU BME Senior & SI Alum, for her contributions to this blog.

    During the first weekend in October, Johns Hopkins University hosted MedHacks2015. JHU brought together “technologists, scientists, healthcare professionals, and engineers to build amazing things together.” Their goal was to unite to develop their solutions to healthcare problems across the globe.

    Out of the nearly 30 groups participating in JHU’s MedHacks, VCU’s EWH group won 3rd place! Jacob Jaminet, Sindora Baddam, and Brittany Allen comprised this group, along with an MD who joined the Chapter group. Brittany Allen writes, “We pitched an idea for allowing low-resource hospitals to request donations of particular medical devices via an automated text-messaging service.” You can see the website they developed here:

    Tiffany Wong, another VCU EWH student and a Summer Institute Alumna, was in a group with JHU students and they received the Healthcare Alliance challenge award, which was awarded to a group that solved challenges related to identification and aid of medically vulnerable U.S. populations by incorporating digital connectivity into their solution.

    copy Sindora Baddam Amar Gopinath Brittany Allen Jacob Jaminet at MedHacks 2015

    Sindora Baddam, Amar Gopinath, Brittany Allen, & Jacob Jaminet at MedHacks 2015

  • 12 top young African #tech leaders of tomorrow