Last month, two University of Portland students, one University alumnus, and one staff member from the Shiley School of Engineering traveled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti to help repair medical equipment at a local hospital. The group, all part of the University’s Engineering World Health club, worked and lived in Port-au-Prince for one week.
“We worked on a program called Project Medishare, which is run through University of Miami,” Maldeep Kang ‘14 said. “During our time in Haiti, we helped fix infant incubators, electrosurgical units, patient monitors, suction pumps, and we also organized the warehouse by taking a detailed inventory along with other repairs.”
According to Kang, the group worked 11-hour shifts every day to fix and repair the equipment for Bernard Mevs Hospital. Kang was joined by Shiley School of Engineering seniors Jessica Lazatin and Nate Roddy, as well as staff member Jared Rees.
The University’s chapter of Engineering World Health is open to any student from any major, with around 40 students attending meetings once a month. According to a recent study, UP students spend more than 180,000 hours annually on volunteer and service learning projects.
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