University of Portland Chapter goes to Haiti!

Written by Maldeep Kanghati pic

As the co-founder and former president of the EWH Chapter at the University of Portland, I helped organize an international volunteer excursion to Haiti in June at Hospital Bernard Mevs. Our week in Haiti proved very successful, thanks to the help of both BETA International and Project Medishare. The trip was life-changing for the five members of our chapter. Given the recent severe outbreak of Chikungunya virus in Haiti, which had already affected many members of the Hospital staff, the group volunteered at a time of high risk.

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

June Newsletter: Kits, Exams, & Smiles!

June 2014

Dear Friends of Engineering World Health:

News From Around The World:

It's summer in North Carolina but that doesn't keep us out of school! Dr. Carlos Amaral has been busy bringing STEM education to K-12 students in the Research Triangle area with our newest kits. Meanwhile, in Honduras, our BMET training team has been developing a certification exam for graduates of the program.

Building Heart Rate Monitors in North Carolina

Dr. Carlos Amaral has been busy bringing engineering to middle school students in and around the Research Triangle area in North Carolina.

Recently, Carlos’s students have been building optical heart rate monitors. First, students learn some anatomy. Why would doctors want to know a patient’s heart rate? What is arrhythmia? Then they get into the engineering! Using resistors, capacitors, and sensors, students build working heart rate monitors. The activity’s handouts include detailed descriptions and pictures explaining how each part of the heart rate monitor functions. The optical sensor works, the handout tells us, by picking up changes in the LED light reflecting off our finger bones. Those changes are caused by our pulse expanding the diameter of our arteries, allowing the optical sensor to read our heart rate.

Youth Handout-Heart Rate Monitor

EWH STEM Continues to Grow!

It's summertime in North Carolina, but we’re already getting excited for the back to school season! This school year, we are proud to announce that EWH will supply all of the materials needed for our STEM curricula. These activities are a fantastic way to introduce young students to the world of biomedical engineering with key concepts in Science and Mathematics. We already have plans to use our STEM modules in five different locations around North Carolina, and are looking for opportunities to expand!

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