MediSend International Hosts Graduation for Ten Biomedical Trainees from Africa07/07/2009
The trainees have now returned to hospitals in their countries as certified biomedical technicians with the skills to install, repair and maintain life-saving biomedical equipment.
Guests including board members, donors, partners and friends gathered at MediSend International's Global Education Center to attend a graduation ceremony honoring ten biomedical repair trainees from African hospitals on Saturday, June 20th. Trainees from Liberia, Chad, Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria have now returned home after completing the 2009 Spring-Summer Biomedical Repair Training Program. MediSend's intensive, outcomes-oriented, six-month Biomedical Repair Training Program is the first such program to train BMET technicians for developing country hospitals.
"We are going home with the ability to improve conditions in our countries," said Gabriel Akuboh from Nigeria who spoke on behalf of the trainees, "We will carry on MediSend’s mission of sending hope and saving lives."
ExxonMobil funded the program for the trainees from Chad, Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria. The long-standing ExxonMobil and MediSend alliance has trained over 30 BMET certified biomedical repair technicians for under-resourced hospitals in five countries in Africa. The students from Liberia were sponsored by the Zoe-Geh Foundation.
Each graduate technician's hospital will receive MediSend's Mobile Biomedical Equipment Test and Repair Kit™ designed to withstand the harsh conditions such as temperature, humidity and unstable energy often experienced in the developing world. Containing over 4000 laboratory repair tools, supply items and state-of-the-art test and calibration equipment essential to the repair and maintenance of biomedical equipment, 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.
"This is the third year that we have trained qualified biomedical repair technicians at MediSend International. All technicians return home highly trained and skilled to elevate the level of healthcare in their communities and empowered to improve the lives of thousands of individuals." said Nick Hallack, President and CEO of MediSend International.
MediSend International is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit humanitarian organization that supports under-resourced hospitals in developing countries with a multi-dimensional approach to improving community health. MediSend International's mission includes education, training, technical support, and management technologies in biomedical equipment installation, repair and maintenance, as well as the distribution of life-saving medical supplies and biomedical equipment for long-term partnerships and emergency relief programs.