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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: 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!


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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 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

    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

  • 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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  • 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 June News: BMET Cambodia, Kits, & Sparo Labs

    Hello Friends,                                    

    All of our Summer Institute programs are in full swing as our 2016 participants are currently on the ground in Nicaragua, Guatemala, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Nepal! Keep an eye on EWH's blog for updates: http://www.ewh.org/news/blog.

    That's not all we're up to. Check out the latest from our BMET Training program, our student program, and our friends at Sparo Labs!


  • EWH Launches a New Resource for Biomedical Equipment Technicians

    Engineering World Health is proud to announce the launch of an exciting new resource, the BMET Digital Library!

    BMET Team Working Together to Diagnose Autoclave Display Problem Battambang Prov Hospital

    What is the BMET Library?

    The BMET Library is an open source digital library containing information for training BMETs (Biomedical Equipment Technicians) in the developing world. It contains crucial technical information for the troubleshooting, preventative maintenance, and repair of medical instrumentation.

  • Hands-on Learning at Nigeria BMET Training Program

    Written by Areli Rodriguez, EWH's Communications & Development Intern

    Although theory-based lectures teach students a great deal about biomedical equipment and how it works, working with the equipment boosts their learning to new levels. At the BMET training program in Nigeria, students got to do just that.

    During their first session, the BMET students were presented with a challenge: rebuild an Ohmeda anesthesia machine that had been stripped to the frame and restore it to working order. Accompanied by the assistant OTGC Charles, the students looked for parts they could use in a warehouse at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH). They also made use of LUTH’s fabrication workshop to make Plexiglas covers and braces that the anesthesia machine needed. After testing their fabricated parts and correcting a few design errors, they successfully rebuilt a functioning anesthesia machine that fulfilled manufacturer guidelines! After debating what should be done with the equipment, the students decided to donate the anesthesia machine to the local jail so that prisoners there would be able to receive better and more robust healthcare.

    One of the best parts of this experience, students said, was being able to help save lives in their community. It instilled them with pride and a newfound passion for their profession.

    Before and after             

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  • Medical Device Repair & Maintenance In Tanzania

    Written by Ally Ngulugulu, who was able to receive technical training in Tanzania alongside Summer Institute 2016 students thanks to the support of BETA, Intl.

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    A common phenomenon in most developing countries is the accumulation of medical devices which are unusable because they are inappropriate for local needs, are improperly installed, or they are defective at delivery. End users (e.g. medical staff and lab technicians) are often untrained in equipment usage or maintenance which leads to the lack of proper health service. At Arusha Technical College in Tanzania, we are educating Diploma and Bachelors Degree students in the Electrical and Biomedical Engineering (EBE) program, but our faculty needs more training. This is where Duke/EWH Summer Institute in Usa River, Tanzania, has helped us so much. As EBE Head of Department, I was fortunate to attend SI2016 with my colleague, Lufunyo Lupenza, where we learned side-by-side with American & European college students.

  • National Instruments Continues Commitment to Honduras BMET Training

    Original post by NI News can be found here.

    In 2012, NI, through its Planet NI Program, began collaborating with Engineering World Health to deliver 10 NI Educational Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Suite (NI ELVIS) II prototyping boards and other educational tools for biomedical equipment technicians (BMETs) in Honduras. Technicians use these tools to learn how to design and troubleshoot electronic circuits. The technicians then apply their skills in clinical environments in Honduras to repair life-saving medical equipment.

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    INFOP BMET Graduates and Instructors With Justin Cooper from NI

  • SI Cambodia: An Australian Summer In Cambodia

    Following the first few days of orientation, the students participating in EWH’s SI Cambodia had a busy first weekend in Phnom Penh. The 17 University of New South Wales students attended a bokator (Cambodian martial arts) class and a traditional Khmer dance class held by the University of Puthisastra extracurricular clubs. Students also visited the former S-21 prison used during the Khmer Rouge and the Choeung Ek killing fields, which taught the group about the difficult past that Cambodia is recovering from. At the National Museum, several students met a monk who taught them about Buddhist customs and how to pay proper respect. 

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