Cornell University Chapter Goes to Peru, Part 1

Guest Blog written by EWH Chapter at Cornell University

Trip to Peru

Recently, five members of Cornell's EWH team returned from field research Lima, Peru. There, we spent eight days partnering with MEDLIFE International. Our team members volunteered in the MEDLIFE clinics to improve their understanding of how healthcare technology is administered in developing countries. They gained deep insights into the community and regional clinic system and came back with many new ideas for medical devices, some of which are now in development.

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EWH February News

February 2015

Dear Friends of Engineering World Health:

EWH is working closely with our partners to improve and expand our programs.

Our student programs are thriving! The first Winter Institute in Guatemala hosted 5 SI Alums and 9 students from our partner schools, Rochester Insitute of Technology and George Mason University. We currently have 38 active university Chapters around the world, many of which are busy reigstering for our annual Design Competition. Meanwhile, we're preparing for a fantastic Summer Institute experience with the newly accepted class of 2015!

Students in our BMET Training programs are making excellent progress. We recently highlighted the success of the Rwanda program on our blog. As we continue to strengthen healthcare infrastructure in East Africa, we're looking to add new BMET Trainers & Mentors to our numbers.

In our STEM program, we are introducing more students to engineering and training more teachers to bring STEM activities into their classrooms.

Rwanda: Striding Towards Sustainability

Our BMET Training program in Rwanda has made incredible progress this winter!

The last two Centers of Excellence are physically complete. The Kanombe Military Hospital Workshop set up workbenches and test tools, and the technicians have moved in to start using the space. In the Ruhengeri Workshop in Musanze, renovations are complete and locally constructed chairs are installed. The biomedical instruments for this shop are on their way – once they arrive, technicians can start using this Center of Excellence to repair equipment and train students.Kanombe Center of Excellence Training

Kanombe Center of Excellence Training

Winter Institute: The Hospitals

Written by Inka Johnson, EWH’s Summer Institute Coordinator, who served as On-The-Ground-Coordinator (OTGC) for EWH’s first ever Winter Institute (WI), January 2015, in Antigua and Guatemala City, Guatemala.

As promised in my previous blog, here's a bit about each of the hospitals we worked in during the Winter Institute!

San Juan de Dios Hospital, Guatemala City

The most “well-off” of the three hospitals we worked in was San Juan de Dios, which has more than 20 medical departments and a large maintenance staff. Four of the maintenance staff are dedicated “electromedicina” (biomedical) technicians, one of them formally trained in Japan. However, the needs of the hospital far exceed the time and energy of these four staff members. Most of the “simple” fixes at this hospital could be addressed by the staff, but our students were continuously supplied with more and more equipment to fix, from electrosurgery units (ESU) to anesthesia machines. Although the students did enter the main hospital a few times to speak with doctors and other equipment users, the maintenance staff generally supplied us with more than enough work to do.

Favorite fix: After troubleshooting an ESU for days and repairing several more obvious issues, one of our students eventually discovered a fried cockroach creating a carbon bridge that shorted out part of the circuit! After brushing off the remains of the barbequed victim, the unit went back in service.

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