Congolese trainees in MediSend�s Biomedical Repair Training Program� will return home as qualified technicians to work in the hospital sponsored by Dikembe Mutombo and named for his mother.11/06/2008
MediSend International and Dikembe Mutombo Foundation Partner
To Benefit Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital in the
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Dallas, TX. (November 6, 2008) --- MediSend International has partnered with the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation to train the first qualified biomedical repair technicians for the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital and Research Center (BMMH) in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. The BMMH was built by the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation and named in honor of Mutombo’s beloved mother, Biamba Marie Mutombo. Opened in December 2007, the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital is the first new hospital of its kind built in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the past 40 years.
“In developing countries, even basic biomedical equipment can mean the difference between life and death. Tragically, a lack of trained personnel means this life saving equipment can fall into disrepair or go unused,” said Nick Hallack, President and CEO of MediSend International, “Our program insures that the equipment at the hospital will be professionally installed, maintained and repaired."
MediSend International is the first global organization to offer a comprehensive solution to these problems with its innovative Biomedical Repair Training Program©, designed specifically to meet the worldwide need of skilled labor in developing hospital systems. The program, based on an intensive, outcome-oriented curriculum and interdisciplinary training model, returns qualified biomedical technicians home with professional skills to improve hospital conditions.
Two trainees from the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital (BMMH) and Research Center are currently participating in the MediSend Biomedical Repair Training Program. They will spend six months taking courses in the biomedical training program. When they return to the Democratic Republic of Congo, the two will be the only qualified biomedical repair technicians in the Kinshasa region.
MediSend's biomedical training laboratory and classrooms are located in the Elisabeth Dahan Humanitarian Center, MediSend's global headquarters in Dallas, Texas. MediSend's state-of-the-art biomedical training laboratory, sponsored by the ExxonMobil Foundation, offers trainees the opportunity of hands-on experience with a complete inventory of biomedical equipment in one of the US’s best equipped biomedical training laboratories.
The trainees will return to the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital and Research Center with MediSend’s Mobile Biomedical Test and Repair Kit ™, the largest and most comprehensive mobile unit of its kind. The Kit, developed and produced by MediSend, contains over 3,000 laboratory repair tools, supply items and state-of-the-art test and calibration equipment essential to the repair and maintenance of biomedical equipment. The patent pending Mobile Biomedical Equipment Test and Repair Kit is designed to withstand harsh conditions in developing countries such as temperature, humidity and unstable electrical power.
“I am very thankful for our partnership with MediSend and the training of our hospital staff in biomedical engineering. We look forward to a long-term relationship with MediSend that will expand to include practical nurse training on biomedical equipment, infectious disease control, and management technology. Our relationship with MediSend will mean that BMMH will be better able to serve the citizens of the Democratic Republic of Congo and ultimately will improve overall healthcare conditions in the country”, said NBA All-Star Dikembe Mutombo.
The Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, Inc. is a 501 ( c ) (3) non-profit organization that is dedicated to improving the health, education and quality of life for the people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Created in 1997, the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation is attempting to eradicate many childhood diseases that have virtually disappeared in developed countries while those diseases are still life threatening to children in the Congo everyday. The Foundation strives to accomplish this goal through an emphasis on primary health care and disease prevention, the promotion of health policy, health research and increased access to health care education for the people of the Congo. For more information please visit www.dmf.org
About the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital
NBA All-Star Dikembe Mutombo has long been dedicated to improving the health, education and quality of life for the people in his birthplace, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In July 2007, his dream became a reality as he witnessed the dedication ceremony of the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital and Research Center in the capital city of Kinshasa. The new hospital opened with 170 beds in December 2007 and at full capacity it will accommodate 300 patients. The Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital and Research Center is one of the very few well-equipped and modern hospitals in the DR Congo. Mutombo believes the addition of this new facility will be effective in diminishing some of the major health gaps within his country.
MediSend is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, humanitarian organization that provides healthcare products, services and support to hospitals in developing countries worldwide, including medical aid, healthcare education and technology to people in need. MediSend's global mission includes educational and training programs in Biomedical Technology and Healthcare Technologies, as well as the distribution of medical supplies and biomedical equipment in long-term and disaster relief programs.