January Institute in Cambodia Continues

For our second year partnering with the University of New South Wales, EWH’s January Institute in Cambodia has 23 students from UNSW and the University of Sydney. After a couple weeks getting oriented at the University of Puthisastra in Phnom Penh, the students moved on to their hospital assignments.

Sihanoukville repairing operation light with BMET technician Mr Ra

Repairing Operating Light with BMET Mr. Ra

Here are some updates from our Summer Institute Coordinator & Cambodia program’s On-the-Ground Coordinator, Maddy:

Cambodia BMETs Host January Institute Students

Last year, EWH successfully transitioned our BMET Training program in Cambodia to our educational partner, the University of Puthisastra. Since then, EWH-trained staff and teachers have continued running the accredited program. Students who complete the program graduate with an associates degree in biomedical technology.

This year, the University of Puthisastra and our friends in the BMET program hosted January Institute students from Australia for the second time.

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Maddy Bishop VanHorn, the OTGC in Cambodia & EWH's new Summer Institute Engineering Coordinator, writes:

Sparo Labs Launches Wing

EWH is happy to share this announcement from our friends at Sparo Labs:

Sparo Labs Launches Wing to Give Peace of Mind to People with AsthmaSparo Labs logo

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI — Sparo Labs, a digital health startup based in downtown St. Louis, has launched sales of its flagship product, Wing®. Wing is the first over-the-counter, FDA-cleared smartphone sensor for measuring and tracking lung function. This means anyone can purchase Wing – no prescription necessary – through the Wing website at www.mywing.io to proactively manage asthma or their respiratory conditions.

Wing is a pocket-sized sensor and cloud-connected app that provides peace of mind to parents of children with asthma. For children, asthma is the #1 condition causing ER visits, hospitalizations, and missed school. Asthma is currently managed reactively as many people struggle to recognize early warning signs of an asthma attack until they are having trouble breathing and it may already be too late. However, almost every asthma attack, ER visit, hospitalization, and death due to asthma is preventable.

BMET Updates From Around the World

In partnership with the GE Foundation, EWH continues to train BMETs and BMET instructors around the world. Here’s a look at how our programs, new and old, are doing:


EWH transitioned the BMET Honduras program over fully to our educational partner, INFOP, in 2014. Previously, no BMET Training program existed in Honduras, and lack of functional medical equipment is a major healthcare barrier in Honduras, as it is in many developing countries. INFOP now owns the program locally and currently accepts and graduates 20 students through this program each year.

This fall, board member and former BMET Honduras Country Coordinator Justin Cooper successfully raised funds to supply INFOP with additional training equipment. The additional educational tools will help maintain the quality of the program. Find out more about Justin’s continued work with the BMET Training program in Honduras: https://www.youcaring.com/engineering-world-health-honduras-bmet-609847.


In April 2016, EWH handed full control of the BMET Cambodia program over to the University of Puthisastra. In September, 10 students from the first Cohort graduated! Cohort 2 and Cohort 3 completed 6th and 4th semester respectively, and students prepared for October’s in-hospital mentoring and internships following the classroom session. Cohort 2 is busy preparing for their final exams in December.

Ung Kunthear and Dhritiman Das, EWH’s mentors and trainers in Cambodia, were both hired by the University of Puthisastra to continue their work with the BMET Training program.

Cambodia Cohort 1 Graduation

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