December 16, 2018 - February 17, 2019
Training: Kampala, Uganda
December 17 - January 11
January 14 - February 15
Final Conference: Kampala, Uganda
The January Institute in Uganda is an 9-week program open to students from the University of New South Wales and the University of Sydney. Participants spend four weeks in Kampala at the University of Makerere and nearby Mulago Hospital completing training on medical equipment repair, working with local biomedical engineering students, learning a local language, and studying appropriate design. This program is unique in that lectures are taught by a Uganda professor of biomedical engineering and his staff. They offer incredible insight into the state of medical equipment in Uganda. During the training period, students stay in guesthouses near Makerere University.
One of our partners in Kampala is a rehabilitation home for children with disabilities. In addition to classes during the first month, participants work closely with staff to design and build assistive devices for patients of the home. During the second month, they volunteer in small groups in public hospitals throughout Uganda. Participants work closely with local medical professionals to repair critical medical devices, perform preventative maintenance and other services in hospitals with great need. This program is supported by the biomedical engineering department at Makerere University.