Engineering World Health

Organization Founded: Sep 2001

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Durham, NC

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United States

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Engineering World Health inspires, educates, and empowers the biomedical engineering community to improve health care delivery in the developing world. Engineering World Health: 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 Latin America, EWH creates locally-sustainable training programs for biomedical engineering technicians (BMETs). Engages the next generation of engineers 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.

What We're About

Engineering World Health's Summer Institute, conducted in partnership with Duke University, places 20 - 25 carefully selected engineering and science students in understaffed Nicaraguan hospitals to install and repair hospital equipment. Students work in small teams for 5 weeks. In addition to equipment repair, students work with local staff -- both technicians and medical professionals -- and leave behind knowledge about the use and maintenance of equipment.



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