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.”

August News: Design Competition Results!

Hello Friends,                              

As August ends, we at EWH are busy wrapping up the 2017 Summer Institute programs. All together, 131 participants joined the January & Summer Institutes to work in hospitals and clinics in Nicaragua, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Cambodia, Guatemala, and Nepal! Didn't get to go this year? Applications for summer 2018 will open October 1.

As one program ends another begins! Our Chapters are getting back to school, and we're getting ready for the upcoming January Institutes.

Check out what else is going on below:

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.

EWH June News: A Tale of Two Centrifuges

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All of our Summer Institute programs are in full swing as our 2017 participants are currently on the ground in Nicaragua, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, and Nepal!

That's not all we're up to. Check out our January Institute photo albums, and the latest news about our BMET Library and Kits!


Summer Institute 2017 

During a visit to Hospital Japon Amistad in Nicaragua, one group had a chance to explore the hospital’s “junk heap,” where equipment goes when it’s basically ready to be discarded.

On-the-Ground Coordinator Jack Livingston writes, “We found a couple of centrifuges and decided to take a look. It would be a good learning experience even if we couldn't get them running again. Centrifuges are also my favorite device to work on!”

            

Supporting the Next Generation of Engineers in the Bahamas

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

One of EWH’s goals is to help create opportunities for people around the world to receive an education in not only biomedical engineering, but STEM in general. Every country, regardless of economic standing, can benefit from a generation of scientists and engineers that can lead the way in innovation and tackle the problems our world currently faces. However, developing nations stand to gain the most out of improved STEM education. Not only would STEM create job opportunities, but it could also help reduce inequality and dependence on other countries, improve healthcare, and help citizens solve the unique problems their countries face.

Although EWH works with local partners to create sustainable training programs around the world, these programs unfortunately cannot meet all needs in global STEM education. For this reason, when the founders of Bahamas Engineering and Technology Advancement (BETA) – an organization that raises STEM awareness in the Bahamas and provides opportunities for Bahamian students to become actively engaged in STEM – approached EWH in 2015, we were delighted to support them with kits for a summer engineering camp they hosted for children in the Bahamas.

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