Ishir Sharma, a third-year biomedical engineering student, spent two months this summer pursuing a clinical engineering-based healthcare service project in Uganda. A global health enthusiast, Sharma is interested in healthcare delivery in low-resource settings and the role of innovation in making it equitable, affordable, and accessible.
Through Engineering World Health, a US-based nonprofit, he joined a cohort of students from around the world at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda’s capital city. Together, the students worked to understand the country’s healthcare system through hands-on experiential learning on medical instrumentation repairs and through field visits to various local hospitals and health centers across the country.
During his time in Uganda, Sharma repaired and maintained medical devices used in hospitals at different levels of the healthcare system. He also volunteered as a full-time biomedical equipment technician at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital.