Since 2004, the EWH Summer Institute has provided young engineers with the chance to live in a developing country with a local family, learn a new language and use newly acquired technical skills to improve health care in the community. One month of training is followed by a month of service in a local hospital during which participants install and repair medical equipment, train the staff, take inventory, solve problems and perform other engineering duties.
The program is open to qualified people from all countries. Although a majority of participants are undergraduate and graduate students, the program often includes postgraduates and some young professional engineers. In addition to improving the quality of health care, the program offers participants a life-changing experience and the opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way to international development. For many it is the beginning of a long-term commitment to helping poor and vulnerable people.
The EWH Summer Institute has been run in partnership with Duke University since 2004 and EWH is excited to announce a new partner for 2013!
Texas A&M is partnering with EWH to bring the Summer Institute to Rwanda. Students will work EWH's current BMET Program-Rwanda students and will focus on appropriate design along with making repairs and other improvements. Innovation, prototyping and, eventually, production of promising concepts will be carried out in this collaboration of students from the Summer Institute, BMET-Rwanda and design courses at A&M.
The three Programs now enables up to 75 participants to travel to either Nicaragua, Tanzania or Rwanda for 2 months of BioMedical Engineering service each summer.