One of the most dismal truths about developing countries is the appalling mortality rate due to highly curable diseases. According to the World Health Organization, one in every three deaths worldwide is due to infectious diseases. In developing countries about 55% (over half) of all deaths are due to infectious diseases such as: HIV/AIDS, Malaria, and other Diarrhoeal diseases. Although many of these causes of mortality are due to lack of technology, many are simply due to non sterile medical devices or failure to follow specific protocols.
Engineering World Health (EWH) is a brand new organization at VCU established to improve these health care issues in developing countries. EWH provides the opportunity for students and members to partake in projects designed to tackle alarming medical issues while perfecting individual skill sets. Students and members can gain knowledge and experience with industrial design, social entrepreneurship, business planning, global ethics, etc. In order to accomplish these particular goals, EWH consist of two parts: an engineering design competition and trips abroad.