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.
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.