Back in April Jas Bilkhu returned from another successful semester of practical classes at Kyambogo University. He was there together with returning volunteers Rod McGregor and Satish Thakar to cover Ultrasound and X-Ray devices for the students. All went well despite occasional disruptions due to student leader elections going on at the same time, and while he was there Jas was also able to check out progress on the new purpose-built BME lab at the Engineering Department.
This new faciility is being put together for the new Bachelor's degree course which the University has already launched. We sent out no less than 6 volunteers in the Autumn of last year to teach practical classes for the Diploma and Bachelors courses alongside each other. The volunteers managed great things despite the logistical issues imposed by the more than doubled numbers, but this new laboratory is due to ease the pressure on equipment that was felt by all concerned.
As it was not yet ready and equipped we paused in our support for the new course this last semester and focussed solely on the Diploma students whilst the University get it ready. We are hopeful to be able to once again provide that all-important practical experience for the Bachelor's degree students when we return after the summer, so if you feel like volunteering to help out with that do please contact us.
As this up-date goes up on the website we have also been approached again by Tegbareid Technical College in Addis Ababa about providing some further training on their national training-the-trainers project, under the aegus of CINOP Global. We are very excited about returning to Ethiopia, and veteran volunteer Ray Emslie is already dusting off his travelling bag! Watch this space for more updates on any further projects or register for our quarterly newsletter by contacting us through this website.