What Does "Low-Resource Environment" Actually Mean?

Co-written with Summer Institute Manager Maddy Bishop-Van Horn.

At Engineering World Health, and more generally in the international development field, we often use the term “low-resource” — but what does this term mean for biomedical technicians and engineers?

In high-income countries, when equipment breaks down, either a new component is ordered from the manufacturer or the entire machine is replaced.

Often, neither of these options is available in low-resource settings. The vast majority of medical equipment is manufactured in high-income countries such as the United States, Germany, and Japan. Much of the equipment found in low-income country hospitals is donated, without access to customer service, user training, or sometimes even instruction manuals. While more generic spare parts may be easy to find in the countries where we work, specialized parts such as equipment-specific light bulbs and printed circuit boards are challenging if not impossible to find and replace. Even if the part itself is very inexpensive, if it can’t be found in-country, it can cost hundreds of dollars and take several months to ship to the hospital. Parts must be ordered from the manufacturer or specific dealers. There is no 2-hour Amazon Prime shipping in Kigali, Rwanda… yet.

April News: SI 2018 is About to Begin!

Hello Friends,                          

In just a couple of weeks, our first Summer Institute programs will begin! We invite you to support our participants as they begin training to work in our partner hospitals. You help Engineering World Health fulfill its mission.

Want to know who's teaching our Summer Institute programs? Meet our Instructors! We are incredibly fortunate to work with such talented instructors who are passionate about sharing their knowledge with the next generation of problem solvers!

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Summer Institute 2018

Summer Institute 2018: Building New Partnerships

Co-written with Summer Institute Manager Maddy Bishop-Van Horn.

This summer, EWH is expecting to host 111 participants in 7 countries. Thanks to new university partnerships with the University of Portland and Catholic University, we are able to send participants to the Dominican Republic for the first time. Thanks to our growing partnership with the Technical University of Denmark and the other Nordic Five Tech Schools, we will also be sending participants to Mongolia for the first time.

Teams Dukerere and Premier Join Efforts at the Lab School

Team Dukerere in Uganda, SI 2017

Meet the Experts!

At Engineering World Health, it is very important to us that the volunteers we place in our partner hospitals have the skills they need to make a significant and positive impact. All of our Institute participants receive training before working on medical equipment. While our Campus-to-Country programs all train participants at their home universities, EWH’s instructors train participants in-country for our core Summer Institute programs. In just four weeks of intense class and lab work, our instructors cover the function and use of medical equipment, how it typically breaks down in low-resource settings, and how to repair it with the resources available in-country. We depend greatly on their troubleshooting experience and expertise. We are incredibly fortunate to work with such talented instructors who are passionate about sharing their knowledge with the next generation of problem solvers.

It is an honor to introduce our good friends:

Larry Talia and Shri work on patient monitor at Kampong Speu friday visitDr. Lawrence Fryda – from Pennsylvania, USA; Retired

February News

Hello Friends,                             

Thank you all once again for your support during our annual appeal! And thanks also to those of you who helped spread the word about our Summer Institute programs during application season! You help Engineering World Health fulfill its mission.

Want a sneak peek for SI 2018? Meet our Summer On-the-Ground Coordinators, including the ones overseeing our new six week program in Mongolia and three week program in the Dominican Republic! Our Coordinators are critical for the daily, in-country management of our Institute programs!

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The January Institutes

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