A lack of functional medical equipment is a major barrier to quality healthcare in many developing countries. At the heart of the issue in Honduras: a lack of access to modern training tools for those studying to become biomedical equipment technicians (BMETs).
The Planet NI Program works with Engineering World Health (EWH) to provide NI Educational Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Suite (NI ELVIS) II prototyping boards and other educational tools for biomedical equipment technicians in Honduras. Technicians use these tools to learn how to design and troubleshoot electronic circuits. The technicians then apply their skills in clinical environments to repair life-saving medical equipment.
A former EWH employee and current NI district sales engineer is the catalyst behind the donation, and has played a key role in helping keep down time to a minimum for vital health care technology.