MediSend International is Building Technical Capacity for Healthcare in Papua New Guinea12/04/2012
Graduates from MediSend's Biomedical Equipment Technology Program™ are returning to hospitals in Papua New Guinea to help ensure the delivery of safe, reliable healthcare.
The Fall 2012 class of the MediSend Biomedical Equipment Technology Program™ includes five technician trainees from Papua New Guinea. In December, the three men and two women, sponsored by ExxonMobil, will graduate and return to Papua New Guinea to join five previous graduates already working in hospitals as professional biomedical equipment technicians. These healthcare professionals are helping build a stable, sustainable foundation for improved healthcare in the Pacific's largest nation.
Fall 2012 MediSend Biomedical Equipment Technology
Program™ technician trainees
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Papua New Guinea and its 600 associated islands are home to 6.5 million people mostly living in widely scattered rural areas where access is slow and expensive. When critical pieces of biomedical equipment break down or need maintenance, without professional biomedical equipment technicians, hospitals must rely on service from Australia or other distant locales. This means that patients must wait for diagnosis or worse, surgeries or life-saving procedures have to be postponed.
The MediSend Biomedical Equipment Technology Program™ fills the need for these valuable professionals with an intensive six-month curriculum that develops competencies in the repair, calibration, maintenance, and operation of diagnostic and therapeutic medical devices. Training is conducted in MediSend's state-of-the-art biomedical training and repair laboratories in Dallas, Texas. In addition to technical skills, MediSend graduates are prepared to manage hospital biomedical repair laboratories, and provide technical advice and expertise on the proper operation of biomedical equipment.
"MediSend's program means professionally trained, skilled biomedical engineers and technicians for our hospitals in Papua New Guinea," says Ambrose Kwaramb, MediSend technician trainee and Manager of Health Facilities Standards with the Papua New Guinea Department of Health. "All of our regional public and private hospitals are in great need of these professionals. I hope that we will continue our partnership with MediSend to expand technical capacity throughout my country's healthcare system."
All graduates' hospitals are equipped with a MediSend Mobile Biomedical Equipment Test and Repair Kit™, containing over 4,000 laboratory repair tools, supply items and state-of-the-art test and calibration equipment critical to the repair and maintenance of biomedical equipment typically found in hospitals and clinics in developing countries like Papua New Guinea.
Since 2006, MediSend has trained and equipped biomedical equipment technicians (BMETs) for hospitals in seventeen countries worldwide. The MediSend Biomedical Equipment Technology Program™ is approved by the US BMET Board of Examiners and the United State Certification Commission.