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  • 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.

  • April News: EWH's Summer Institute 2016 is About to Begin!

    Hello Friends,                                 April 2016

    We are wrapping up another academic year with our 45 university Chapters, many of which brought STEM education to K-12 students, submitted Design Competition projects, and increased biomedical and global health knowledge through workshops, lectures, and public events. 

    Thank you so much for your support, which allows us to provide these incredible opportunities for young engineers!

    Looking ahead, we can't wait for Summer Institute 2016!


    Summer Institute 2016

  • BMET Bonding in Phnom Penh

    By Claire Duvallet

    Introducing Phnom Penh’s newest soccer league: EWH Cambodia BMET! As we prepare for our third intake of students, our current students have really begun bonding—both inside and outside the classroom. These activities help build the community which will one day become the country’s biomedical network as the students in our program stay in touch with each other even after they are assigned to physically distant hospitals. Such connectivity allows for continued learning and information exchange long after the program has ended.

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    The first match was also used as a going-away celebration for Ray, our BMET mentor from Australia.

  • BMET Cambodia Welcomes Dhritiman Das!

    By Claire Duvallet

    In March, EWH Cambodia welcomed a new addition, Dhritiman Das. Das came straight from Ghana, where he had been working with technicians to set up five Centers of Excellence in hospitals around the country. He joined EWH Cambodia as a teacher/mentor and got straight to work, teaching skin anatomy in preparation for his course of patient monitors, ECG, and defibrillators.

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    Das teaches Cambodian BMET students

  • BMET Cambodia: Applying Classroom Skills to Real World Repairs

    February and March were busy, productive months for BMET Training in Cambodia.

    We were very fortunate to host Dani Forster from the UK’s The Medical Room who came to teach with us in late January and early February. With a very strong background in professional BMET Training, Dani really stretched our students in terms of their technical troubleshooting disciplines and ran a combination of theory and practical exercises. She focused on non-invasive blood pressure apparatus (both manual and automatic).

    Dani Forster Teaching in Cambodia

    Dani Forster Teaching BMET Cambodia Students

  • BMET Cambodia: Learning to Teach

    Written by Communications Intern Russ Walker

    In the past month, while our BMET students are working in their home hospitals gaining hands-on experience, two of the trainee teachers from our BMET Cambodia program have had the opportunity to begin conducting mentoring trips on their own. This new responsibility represents a significant step in their transition to the role of BMET Trainers. The two teachers, Hor Sophanna and Von Phearom, are working with BMET students across all three of our current cohorts, but are focusing on students from cohorts 2 and 3, whom they have been teaching in class. They’ve had to improve their skills rapidly as they are the senior technicians on their mentoring trips, especially in the areas of troubleshooting and repair, documentation and planning, and professional communication as they meet with hospital directors and management. According to BMET Cambodia Coordinator, Steve Goeby, Sophanna and Phearom are doing exceptionally well facing this new challenge, and their confidence in their ability to handle the many challenges of the work is growing every week. As the pictures show, their students are engaged in many important projects, led by teachers they believe in and trust.

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  • BMET Ethiopia: Another Semester Complete

    Thanks to Libby Mills, the Coordinator for BMET Ethiopia, for her contributions to this post.

    In June, BMET students in Ethiopia finished another semester of Training the Trainers. The students now have much better access to tools and medical equipment, which has improved their ability to practice hands-on skills. The more they learn, the more their interest and dedication grow!

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  • BMET Nigeria: Hands-On Learning… From a Distance!

    Written by Communications Intern Russ Walker

    After starting their final session with two weeks of cardiology equipment training, our BMET students in Nigeria were all set to start their lessons on medical laboratories and the equipment they use. Ruthann Robinson, a Medical Laboratory Technologist with Electronics Engineering training and experience, was scheduled to teach this session. Ruthann has significant clinical experience  laboratory diagnostics, management, education, and training in the developing world. Currently, Ruthann works in practice management and change management in British Columbia, Canada, in addition to supporting  international development projects.

    There was just one problem: the teacher couldn’t get to Nigeria! The visa requirements for Canadians are different than the requirements for our local US team: these international complications prevented Ruthann from obtaining a visa in time for her to be able to get to Nigeria to teach this interactive learning session. Together, Ruthann and Nigeria's BMET Coordinator Dr. Carmen Walker were able to find a creative solution: the students would get to handle and study the equipment while Ruthann monitored and answered questions via Skype. Students said, “It seems like she’s really here,” while they took quizzes and held class discussions.

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  • BMET Nigeria: Six Months of Progress

    In Fall 2014, EWH launched a new BMET Training program in Nigeria, in partnership with the GE Foundation. In our first class, we are hosting 19 students from different parts of Nigeria and with different training backgrounds. The newest student, Mr. Oyeniyi, is the Maintenance Officer for the medical equipment at Dunik Medical Centre Limited (DMC), Hospital & Maternity Home. DMC is about a 30 minute drive from Lagos University Training Hospital (LUTH), where our program is located.

    At the end of February, EWH’s BMET Training in Nigeria had just finished four weeks of electronics training. In March, we began a section on Circuit Reading and Troubleshooting. Dr. Carmen Walker, MD, PhD, has been an outstanding instructor.

    We have also received all 12 of the workbenches and 24 stools for the Biomedical Training Center. These will go a long way toward creating a usable workshop for our students to practice their hands-on skills. Both the workbenches and the stools were constructed locally by craftsmen on the LUTH campus.

    Workbenches in Nigeria

  • 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

  • BMET Training Begins in Ethiopia

    After much planning and preparation, EWH has begun training biomedical equipment technicians in Ethiopia!

    The first session hosts a mix of 11 instructors and 19 biomedical technicians from Addis Ababa and the surrounding region. Over the next couple months, these students will learn healthcare technology management, basic electronics and biomedical equipment skills, troubleshooting, and clinical work. This training will lay the foundation for more advanced understanding of medical equipment maintenance and repair.

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  • BMET Updates From Around the World

    Written by Ed Hutton, EWH’s Chief Operating Officer

    Rwanda:
    Our local team in Rwanda recently created the Rwanda Association of Medical Engineering (RAME). Its fourth conference drew BMETs and Ministry Officials from Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Burundi. Public hospitals and other public institutions were represented as well.  For me the exciting thing is that this conference was 100% planned and executed by the team in Rwanda.IPRC 2nd Year Students 2015

    2nd Year BMET Students at IPRC

  • BMET Updates From Around the World

    In partnership with the GE Foundation, EWH continues to train BMETs and BMET instructors around the world. Here’s a look at how our programs, new and old, are doing:

    Honduras:

    EWH transitioned the BMET Honduras program over fully to our educational partner, INFOP, in 2014. Previously, no BMET Training program existed in Honduras, and lack of functional medical equipment is a major healthcare barrier in Honduras, as it is in many developing countries. INFOP now owns the program locally and currently accepts and graduates 20 students through this program each year.

    This fall, board member and former BMET Honduras Country Coordinator Justin Cooper successfully raised funds to supply INFOP with additional training equipment. The additional educational tools will help maintain the quality of the program. Find out more about Justin’s continued work with the BMET Training program in Honduras: https://www.youcaring.com/engineering-world-health-honduras-bmet-609847.

    Cambodia:

    In April 2016, EWH handed full control of the BMET Cambodia program over to the University of Puthisastra. In September, 10 students from the first Cohort graduated! Cohort 2 and Cohort 3 completed 6th and 4th semester respectively, and students prepared for October’s in-hospital mentoring and internships following the classroom session. Cohort 2 is busy preparing for their final exams in December.

    Ung Kunthear and Dhritiman Das, EWH’s mentors and trainers in Cambodia, were both hired by the University of Puthisastra to continue their work with the BMET Training program.

    Cambodia Cohort 1 Graduation

  • Building Biomedical Engineering Capability in Rwanda

    Written by Ram Ramabhadran, PhD

    I was offered an opportunity to teach biomedical engineering June 9-20, 2014 in Kigali, Rwanda by Engineering World Health (EWH), a Durham, NC-based non-profit organization. I taught in Honduras last year under the aegis of EWH, making this my second trip on behalf of EWH. This trip differed in many ways from the Honduras trip in terms of the mission, the trainees, the language, and the country. Unlike the mission in Honduras where I trained working biomedical technicians and their instructors as a part of their continuing education, the Rwanda mission was primarily to “train the trainers”, about 12 members of the electrical engineering faculty at the Integrated Polytechnic Regional Center (IPRC), Kicukiro Campus in Kigali. The goal was to introduce these well-versed electrical engineers to biomedical engineering so as to enable them to teach post-high school students enrolled at IPRC, as a means of building long-term biomedical engineering capability of Rwanda.Ram teaches BMETs

  • Cambodia BMETs Host January Institute Students

    Last year, EWH successfully transitioned our BMET Training program in Cambodia to our educational partner, the University of Puthisastra. Since then, EWH-trained staff and teachers have continued running the accredited program. Students who complete the program graduate with an associates degree in biomedical technology.

    This year, the University of Puthisastra and our friends in the BMET program hosted January Institute students from Australia for the second time.

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    Maddy Bishop VanHorn, the OTGC in Cambodia & EWH's new Summer Institute Engineering Coordinator, writes:

  • Cambodia Revisited

    Written by guest instructor Philip Camillocci, also published in TechNation.

    In December, 2014, I donated 3 weeks of vacation time to go to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to teach Biomedical Electronics to students from hospitals around the country. This program was created and started by Engineering World Health (EWH) and they partner with the University of Puthisastra – Faculty of Health Science.

    During the summer I stayed in contact with the EWH team and provided what support I could from the U.S. In October, 2015, Steve Goeby, the program manager, reached out to me and invited me to return to teach again.

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  • Cross-Cultural Exchange: BMETs and SI students in Rwanda

    Summer Institute 2014 saw our second year working in Rwanda. Nineteen students came together from the US, Germany, Denmark, and India. Seven students hailed from Texas A&M, our partner school for the Rwanda program. Participants studied Kinyarwanda, French, and hands-on technical skills for the first four weeks, and then were sent out in groups of two or three to hospitals in all four of Rwanda’s provinces outside of Kigali. There, they repaired autoclaves, incubators, dentist chairs, air conditioners, and even a refrigerator.

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    David and Adam work on a refrigerator.                                                             "Aggies in the Wild" (from Melanie Rivas)

  • EWH August News

    Hello Friends,                                 

    As a new academic year kicks off, EWH celebrates the successful completion of the 2016 Summer Institutes! Eighty students worked in Nicaragua & Guatemala, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Nepal to repair equipment, teach hospital staff how to use and maintain that equipment, and gain a deep understanding of hospital conditions in low-resource settings. Thanks and congratulations to all who helped make it happen!

    In addition, we've got some big news: EWH is hiring! As our Summer & January Institute programs continue to grow, we are looking for two new program coordinators. Read the full job descriptions here.

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  • 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.

    Researchers transform mature #cells from the #brain, #heart and more into #skin cells https://t.co/DFcrkoJ7f2

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