The program, designed specifically to meet the worldwide need of skilled labor in developing countries, returns qualified, trained biomedical technicians home with professional skills to improve hospital conditions in developing countries.
On June 28th, the Dallas-based non-profit humanitarian organization, MediSend International, held commencement exercises for twelve students, including three women and nine men from Angola and Nigeria. After spending six months in MediSend’s intensive Biomedical Repair Training Program, the graduates return to their home- country hospitals with essential professional skills. Their ability to maintain, repair and properly use life-saving biomedical equipment will facilitate delivery of better patient-care and markedly improve healthcare conditions overall in their countries.
The twelve students were sponsored by the ExxonMobil Foundation as part of ExxonMobil’s Africa Health Initiative. Baylor Health Care System provided professional internships in their local facilities to offer MediSend’s students the opportunity for practical application in a professional, clinical environment.
Retired ExxonMobil Executive Rene Dahan and his wife Elisabeth, for whom the MediSend building is named, came from their home in Europe to attend the graduation. Mr. Dahan delivered the keynote address to some one hundred guests in attendance at MediSend’s headquarters in the Elisabeth Dahan Humanitarian Center. The Dahans bequeathed the 75,000 square foot facility to MediSend in 2006. Mr. Dahan passionately described MediSend’s important and future role in improving healthcare conditions in the world’s poorest countries and, in continuing support, Mr. Dahan chose the occasion to announce a significant grant from the Dahan Family Foundation to further MediSend’s mission in 2008.
“With this Biomedical Training initiative Medisend has once again demonstrated its ability to design and successfully execute unique programs yielding great potential benefits to regions in great need,” say the Dahans adding, “We are confident that with the ongoing vital support from Corporate Sponsors such as ExxonMobil and partnerships with leading medical institutions and health care providers, Medisend will continue to expand its scope and reach to benefit those who today are deprived of the most basic health care support. We stand ready to support MediSend in the aim.”
Other friends of MediSend travelling to the ceremonies were philanthropist Mary Jo Myers, wife of General Richard B. Myers, past Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Marion and Bob Rothstein of Dallas and Guadalajara, Mexico; John Tsacrios, Southwest Regional Director, U.S. Fund for UNICEF; Susan M. Johnson, Executive Director of the Dikembe Motumbo Foundation (DMF), and Dr. Mireille Kanda, DMF Medical Advisor. The Dikembe Motumbo Foundation is sponsoring two Congolese students from its new hospital in Kinshassa for the 2008 Fall/Winter Semester at MediSend.
“Milestones such as the graduation ceremonies are an opportunity for MediSend to thank our sponsors, partners, volunteers and friends. The Dahans’ generosity and leadership have been instrumental in all of MediSend’s work. We are immeasurably grateful for their role in bringing health and healing to people around the world,” said Nick Hallack, President and CEO of MediSend International.
New students will soon arrive at the MediSend campus from developing countries including India, Equatorial Guinea, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Liberia to begin the Fall/Winter Semester at MediSend International.
About MediSend International
MediSend International is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, humanitarian organization that provides medical aid and education to people in need in developing countries worldwide. MediSend’s global mission includes educational and training programs in biomedical technologies and the distribution of medical supplies and biomedical equipment in long-term and disaster relief programs.