BMET Updates From Around the World

Written by Ed Hutton, EWH’s Chief Operating Officer

Our local team in Rwanda recently created the Rwanda Association of Medical Engineering (RAME). Its fourth conference drew BMETs and Ministry Officials from Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Burundi. Public hospitals and other public institutions were represented as well.  For me the exciting thing is that this conference was 100% planned and executed by the team in Rwanda.IPRC 2nd Year Students 2015

2nd Year BMET Students at IPRC

April News!

April 2015

Dear Friends of Engineering World Health:

Our students - whether they study at Duke University in North Carolina or the Lagos University Teaching Hospital in Nigeria - continue to use their engineering skills to innovate and find creative solutions to global health challenges. EWH is proud to support the exchange of knowledge among our students as we foster a worldwide network of biomedical professionals.

Check out our recent & upcoming work:

Summer Institute 2015

Engineering World Health is excited to welcome the Summer Institute Class of 2015! This year we're proud to host one of our most diverse groups yet. Out of 67 students, 34 are women and 30 are students of color. In addition, our students hail from ten countries - including the US, Australia, the UK, Canada, China, Denmark, Ghana, Guatemala, Japan, and Nigeria - and 31 universities. Our first group starts in Nicaragua on May 17!

EWH was able to give over $94,000 in scholarships to students, ensuring that the Summer Institute hosts the most innovative and dedicated students, regardless of individual ability to pay. Many thanks to the Derfner Foundation, BD, MedTech, the FJC Group, the Alice & Donald Noble Foundation, the Roddis Foundation, and the Max & Victoria Dreyfus Foundation for their generous support of EWH's Summer Institute participants.

The Starfish Foundation: Empowering Change

In exchange for posting EWH’s blog about the importance of STEM education in the developing world, the Starfish Foundation is here to share how their work improves access to education and helps end extreme poverty one student at a time.

The Starfish Foundation provides scholarship and mentoring to youth living in extreme poverty in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

The idea developed after co-founders Beth and Jenn volunteered for a year in Ecuador at a shelter for former street kids. Though many of them had the motivation to study, they lacked financial resources to be able to attend school once leaving the shelter.

Many such students cannot afford to pay for books, uniforms, and other school supplies. Though public schools in Ecuador are free, families often still struggle to provide all the necessary materials while living on minimum wage. The easiest solution is to not go to school, perpetuating the cycle of poverty. 

BMET Cambodia: Applying Classroom Skills to Real World Repairs

February and March were busy, productive months for BMET Training in Cambodia.

We were very fortunate to host Dani Forster from the UK’s The Medical Room who came to teach with us in late January and early February. With a very strong background in professional BMET Training, Dani really stretched our students in terms of their technical troubleshooting disciplines and ran a combination of theory and practical exercises. She focused on non-invasive blood pressure apparatus (both manual and automatic).

Dani Forster Teaching in Cambodia

Dani Forster Teaching BMET Cambodia Students

BMET Nigeria: Six Months of Progress

In Fall 2014, EWH launched a new BMET Training program in Nigeria, in partnership with the GE Foundation. In our first class, we are hosting 19 students from different parts of Nigeria and with different training backgrounds. The newest student, Mr. Oyeniyi, is the Maintenance Officer for the medical equipment at Dunik Medical Centre Limited (DMC), Hospital & Maternity Home. DMC is about a 30 minute drive from Lagos University Training Hospital (LUTH), where our program is located.

At the end of February, EWH’s BMET Training in Nigeria had just finished four weeks of electronics training. In March, we began a section on Circuit Reading and Troubleshooting. Dr. Carmen Walker, MD, PhD, has been an outstanding instructor.

We have also received all 12 of the workbenches and 24 stools for the Biomedical Training Center. These will go a long way toward creating a usable workshop for our students to practice their hands-on skills. Both the workbenches and the stools were constructed locally by craftsmen on the LUTH campus.

Workbenches in Nigeria

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