The guiDE program provides DukeEngage alumni a pathway to continue their commitment to service and civic engagement by providing leadership, mentorship and service opportunities that support wider DukeEngage efforts on campus and beyond.
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Contact Alex: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alex is a junior from Oak Brook, IL majoring in Biomedical Engineering and pre-med. He participated in the DukeEngage Uganda program partnered with Engineering World Health. While in Uganda, Alex took inventory and repaired medical equipment at a district hospital in the rural town of Kamuli. After discussing with hospital administration, Alex and his team also fundraised over $1200 to construct a wheelchair accessible ramp, portable generator shed, and two attendants’ shelters for the hospital. Since returning to Duke, Alex has heightened interest in improving medical care in low-resource communities. On campus, he is involved in Duke Health and STEM Connect, cardiovascular RNA research, and KUSA. Outside of school he enjoys playing tennis, watching movies, and supporting Duke basketball.
Following his summer working in Uganda, Alex developed the following list of resources for students who are interested in that program — or similar programs.
I would recommend ECE 110L: Fundamentals of Electrical and Computer Engineering because this course provides a solid foundation for technical ECE concepts. This becomes very useful during the first month labs when we actually learn various techniques for repairing medical equipment.
Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder is a great book that describes the true story of a doctor doing his best to fight tuberculosis in resource-poor countries.
Lonely Planet: Uganda is a great resource that describes the geography, weather, and culture of Uganda nicely.
“Medical tech designed to meet Africa’s needs”: This TED Talk by Soyapi Mumba describes the frequent power outages, lack of water, and understaffed hospitals common in sub-Saharan Africa and the types of healthcare solutions that can practically meet Africa’s needs.
“10 Important Things to Know Before Visiting Uganda”: This video provides a good tour of what Uganda looks like as well as valuable tips for people traveling to Uganda