Project summary

UNSW Engineering students travel to Cambodia with the Engineering World Health Summer Institute Program where they make an immediate impact by helping communities that need it most by repairing pieces of medical equipment in the local hospitals.

Project outcomes

Since 2016, about 150 students from UNSW have travelled to Cambodia repairing over 1,200 pieces of medical equipment!

On the most recent trip in 2020 they visited 14 hospitals, repairing 250 pieces of equipment valued at USD $500,000.   

Notable projects included:

  • fixing a universal power supply which allowed the hospital’s imaging division to begin working again
  • converting a 40-year-old lamp from the Soviet Union to use LED bulbs
  • returning the hospital’s largest autoclave, which is essential to hospital sanitation, back to working order.  


Phnom Pehn, Cambodia

Population of 1.5 million

12.5 hour journey from UNSW, Sydney  

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Project duration

2016 - on-going

United Nations Development Goals

SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being  
SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth  
SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure 
SDG 10 - Reduced Inequality  
SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities 
SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals