This is a period of great change for Engineering World Health and we invite you to share in our excitement, participate in our programs and support our ability to improve health care in developing countries.
EWH was established by Bob Malkin and Mohammad Kiani in 2001, then engineering professors at the University of Memphis, with the aim of improving the technological infrastructure in developing country clinics and hospitals. Under the leadership of Bob Malkin, now a Duke University professor, and with help from a handful of volunteers, EWH initiated and grew several programs, including a student summer program, an equipment design program, and EWH chapters.
Transition and future
In 2008, a multi-year grant from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation the transition of EWH from a volunteer-based organization to an independent, professional NGO. EWH programs have been grown and diversified in two broad thematic areas: building capacity for equipment maintenance and repair in developing countries and the design and development of appropriate technology. In 2009, EWH introduced a new BMET Training Program through support from General Electric Foundation. This program provides training to biomedical technicians in developing countries on medical equipment maintenance and repair. 2010 saw EWH initiate BMET courses on the ground in Rwanda and expand this partnership with GE Foundation to Honduras, Cambodia, and Ghana. These programs are run in collaboration with Robert Malkin's Developing World Healthcare Technology (DHT) Lab at Duke, with DHT providing consultation on curriculum and ground-breaking academic study on the impact of BMET training on outcomes in developing world hospitals. With Robert Malkin and Billy Teninty, EWH/DHT is the only organization in the world with two advisers on the World Health Organization's Medical Device unit.
Engineering World Health is a growing organization with a bright future, and we continue to address global health challenges through technical solutions and capacity building.
To inspire,educate,and empower the biomedical community to improve health care delivery in the developing world.
- Provides students from around the world with the life-changing educational experience of repairing vital medical equipment in the world's most resource-poor communities.
- In collaboration with local partners in Asia, Africa, and Central America, creates locally sustainable training programs for biomedical engineering technicians (BMETs).
- Engages the next generation through K-12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) curricula, university chapters, and design activities to improve global health.
EWH believes we have a responsibility to stay true to these values:
- Ensuring a scientifically-based and creative educational experience.
- Leaving the communities in which we work with greater capacity than we found them.
- Finding workable solutions through innovation and creativity.
- Serving while partnering with local educators, hospitals, and clinics.
- Promoting self-reliance and capacity building.
- Providing challenge without compromising safety.