This summer experience was very unique and rewarding for me. I hope this experience for me will be a beginning of a long-term commitment to improve healthcare in the developing world. - Karthik Kumaravelu, Duke '15
The program coordinator organised a hospital visit on every Friday. Our technical instructor showed a demonstration of the different medical equipments in the hospital. These hospital visits were very helpful and supplemented well with the medical instrumentation lectures. Mark and I travelled quite a bit during the weekends to explore the country. We visited the Ometepe islands, Masaya volcano, Matagalpa and Esteli. My favourite among them was Matagalpa which is very famous for its organic coffee. Matagalpa is one of the most beautiful cities in Nicaragua and is known as the “Pearl of the North” and “Land of Eternal Spring”. The weekends were generally very relaxing.
The fixed autoclave before it was put back to service. Engineering World Health gives every team a wonderful opportunity to work on a secondary project to address a need of the hospital. We found out that the technicians in the hospital tried to fix and maintain modern medical equipment without having any knowledge about the function and operation of these devices. So we decided to conduct class everyday for the technicians to increase basic understanding of different medical equipement in the hospital and encourage the practice of preventive maintenance. Each class was taught in Spanish with specially prepared handouts and demonstrations. Every class was well attended and the technicians loved the classes and seemed to truly enjoy learning more about the equipment they work with everyday. The larger aim of this project is to ensure sustainability by training local technicians.
This summer experience was very unique and rewarding for me. I hope this experience for me will be a beginning of a long-term commitment to improve healthcare in the developing world.