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.

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

Shout Out to David Kovacs

In 2013, David Kovacs was an engineering student at the Technical University of Denmark. EWH had a Chapter at DTU, and EWH’s Summer Institute was popular with DTU’s engineering students. The program caught David’s eye, and he joined EWH for Summer Institute 2014 in Tanzania.


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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University of Portland Chapter: The Return of the Engineers!

This account of the University of Portland's third repair trip to Haiti is written by: Noah Webster, President of University of Portland’s Biomedical Engineering club, and an incoming junior studying mechanical engineering and chemistry.

When I first heard about this opportunity of service through the biomedical engineering club at University of Portland, I knew little of their two prior biomedical repair trips to Haiti in 2014 and 2015. These were organized by a Portland-based nonprofit, Biomedical Engineering Technology Aid Intl (BETA Intl), in conjunction with Project Medishare’s Hospital Bernard Mevs in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Funding was provided through University of Portland engineering dept. This year’s team was one of the most interdisciplinary: it included our chaperone, Jared Rees, a faculty technician who specializes in electrical engineering; Emily Bliven, who just received her Master’s degree in our new Biomedical Engineering graduate program; Kevin Jones, an electrical engineering and chemistry student; Alex Rouhier, who is studying mechanical engineering; and Mackenzie Brandon, who studies biology. Jared, along with BETA’s CEO, Dan Schuster, had been on both prior trips, while our team captain, Emily, was a veteran of the 2015 trip. Our diverse knowledge base was broad enough that with the proper training beforehand, we were confident in our ability to diagnose and fix almost any medical equipment.

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