February News: Sci Fest, Cambodia, & Kits!

Hello Friends,                              

We are just finishing up our January Institutes, which this year included programs in Guatemala, Nepal, and Cambodia. These programs create opportunities for students to apply their skills in low resource environments and make a direct, positive impact on hospitals where EWH students serve.

Thank you so much for your support, which allows us to provide these incredible opportunities for young engineers!

Looking ahead, we can't wait for the 2016 US Science & Engineering Festival!


 

US Science & Engineering Festival

BMET Training Begins in Ethiopia

After much planning and preparation, EWH has begun training biomedical equipment technicians in Ethiopia!

The first session hosts a mix of 11 instructors and 19 biomedical technicians from Addis Ababa and the surrounding region. Over the next couple months, these students will learn healthcare technology management, basic electronics and biomedical equipment skills, troubleshooting, and clinical work. This training will lay the foundation for more advanced understanding of medical equipment maintenance and repair.

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SI Cambodia: An Australian Summer In Cambodia

Following the first few days of orientation, the students participating in EWH’s SI Cambodia had a busy first weekend in Phnom Penh. The 17 University of New South Wales students attended a bokator (Cambodian martial arts) class and a traditional Khmer dance class held by the University of Puthisastra extracurricular clubs. Students also visited the former S-21 prison used during the Khmer Rouge and the Choeung Ek killing fields, which taught the group about the difficult past that Cambodia is recovering from. At the National Museum, several students met a monk who taught them about Buddhist customs and how to pay proper respect. 

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Cambodia Revisited

Written by guest instructor Philip Camillocci, also published in TechNation.

In December, 2014, I donated 3 weeks of vacation time to go to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to teach Biomedical Electronics to students from hospitals around the country. This program was created and started by Engineering World Health (EWH) and they partner with the University of Puthisastra – Faculty of Health Science.

During the summer I stayed in contact with the EWH team and provided what support I could from the U.S. In October, 2015, Steve Goeby, the program manager, reached out to me and invited me to return to teach again.

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Around the World: January Institutes

This year, we are trying new things! Our goal is to reach more hospitals in more countries to improve global health and increase the exchange of biomedical knowledge around the world. To that end, we have 47 students and young professionals on the ground right now in Guatemala, Nepal, and Cambodia. They’re all working in partner hospitals to maintain and repair medical equipment, and train local staff to continue the work after they’re gone. Meanwhile, students are immersed in local culture as they live with homestay families and practice the local language.

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January Institute Group 2016 Guatemala

Researchers transform mature #cells from the #brain, #heart and more into #skin cells https://t.co/DFcrkoJ7f2

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