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Thanks to the Generosity of ExxonMobil, MediSend International is Transforming Healthcare in Chad

05/28/2009

MediSend is sending a qualified Biomedical Equipment Repair Technician, the MediSend Biomedical Equipment Test and Repair Kit™, and two ocean-going containers of vital medical equipment and supplies to the Regional Doba Hospital.

pr108-1.jpgThe sub-Saharan African country of Chad is in humanitarian crisis. Over 280,000 refugees from the Sudan's Darfur region, over 55,000 from the Central African Republic, and over 170,000 internally displaced persons in Chad rely almost entirely on outside assistance for survival.

MediSend International, in a philanthropic partnership with ExxonMobil, is delivering a program to transform healthcare in Chad through education in biomedical technologies, provision of a MediSend Biomedical Equipment Test and Repair Kit™, and distribution of medical supplies and biomedical equipment. Chad is only one of many partner countries supported by the MediSend and ExxonMobil collaboration.

MediSend is sending the first BMET certified biomedical repair technician to Chad. Issakha Haroun will soon be returning to Chad, having successfully completed MediSend’s Biomedical Repair Training Program, the first such program created in direct response to the worldwide lack of skilled biomedical technicians.

Mr. Haroun will be returning to Chad with MediSend’s Mobile Biomedical Equipment Test and Repair Kit™ for use in the Regional Doba Hospital and in clinics in surrounding areas. The kit is the foundation for a modern biomedical repair laboratory, and has the capacity to repair and maintain approximately eighty percent of all basic biomedical equipment used in a developing hospital system.

Two ocean-going containers of vital medical, surgical and biomedical equipment left MediSend for the Regional Doba Hospital on Tuesday, May 26th.

"The work that MediSend does can have a transforming impact on hospitals in developing countries. By combining the provision of equipment with rigorous training, they ensure the sustainability of the donation and help build capacity for local healthcare provision. In many countries where ExxonMobil operates there are limited health facilities for local communities. Through our long-standing partnership with MediSend we are able to identify where the needs are, provide equipment where it can make a difference, and reassure ourselves that maintenance and repair needs are taken care of." said Robert Lanyon, Corporate Citizenship and Community Investments Manager for ExxonMobil.

As part of the outcomes-oriented program, MediSend offers a technical and customer support plan to partnering hospitals including hosting of the user-friendly, web-based medical equipment management software, AIMS.NET.

"The generosity of our community investment partners such as ExxonMobil enables MediSend to educate and empower biomedical technicians, and to expand healthcare capacity in under-resourced hospitals around the world such as the Regional Doba Hospital in Chad," said Nick Hallack, President and CEO of MediSend.

ExxonMobil is currently sponsoring MediSend students from Chad, Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria.

About MediSend:
MediSend is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports under-resourced hospitals in developing countries with a multi-dimensional approach to improving community health. MediSend's mission includes education, training, technical support and management technologies in Biomedical Equipment Repair, as well as the distribution of life-saving medical supplies and biomedical equipment in long-term partnership programs.

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