Engineering World Health
EWH is a dynamic global organization serving engineering students, healthcare professionals, and, most importantly, communities and patients in need.
We engage students and young professionals in STEM to use their engineering skills to improve global health. Through our Institute programs, EWH offers eye-opening, life-changing experiences that enable participants to provide meaningful service to hospitals in low-income countries.
EWH has also supported workforce training programs in Asia, Africa and Latin America for biomedical engineering technicians and instructors. Working in partnership with local hospitals, educational institutions, and governments, EWH strives to create sustainable solutions and strengthen local capacity to repair critical medical equipment now and in the future.
Through University Chapters, design competitions, STEM outreach initiatives and more, EWH is building a global community of like-minded students and engineers.
Together, we are on a journey to improve patient care and save lives around the world.
How it Started
Engineering professors Bob Malkin and Mohammad Kiani established EWH in 2001 while at the University of Memphis. Their goal was to engage students to help improve the technological infrastructure of clinics and hospitals in resource-poor countries. Under Dr. Malkin’s leadership and with help from a handful of volunteers, EWH initiated and grew programs, including a student summer program, an equipment design program, and a university Chapters program to bring students together.
In 2008, a multi-year grant from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation allowed EWH to evolve from a volunteer-based organization to an independent, professional NGO.
Since that time, we've continued to build programs that educate and engage students from all parts of the globe to inspire the development of innovative health technologies and to promote an international community of biomedical engineering knowledge exchange, with information about appropriate technologies and technical skills flowing to and from low, middle, and high-income regions of the globe.