MediSend Ships Containers of Hope to Papua New Guinea Filled with Life-Saving Biomedical Equipment

12/20/2012

Desperately needed biomedical equipment such as defibrillators, infant incubators, and ultrasound machines are en route to one of the world’s poorest countries. MediSend trained biomedical equipment technicians are in place in Papua New Guinea hospitals to insure that the equipment is professionally maintained and repaired.

Four “Containers of Hope” are en route from MediSend to Papua New Guinea, one of the world’s poorest countries. The humanitarian shipments were made possible through grants from ExxonMobil and Maersk Line. The ocean-going containers are filled with more than $1 million worth of diagnostic and therapeutic medical equipment, but will be invaluable in helping hospitals and clinics deliver reliable and safe healthcare to communities throughout the country.

Equipment such as incubators and birthing beds will mean a reduction in infant mortality in a country where rates are high. Equipment taken for granted in the US, such as defibrillators and ultrasound machines, will end unnecessary suffering and deaths.

MediSend is committed to the highest standards in the repair and distribution of medical equipment. All equipment is either new or has been completely refurbished and converted to the electrical system of the receiving country. MediSend’s state-of-the-art biomedical repair laboratory is certified by the Texas Department of Public Health Services.

MediSend employs a unique model of sustainability by combining medical distribution with its training and ongoing technical support programs. To-date, MediSend has trained ten certified biomedical equipment technicians for hospitals in Papua New Guinea. They will insure that life-saving biomedical equipment can and will be used to save lives and prevent suffering. The professional technicians are trained and equipped to properly install, repair, maintain and calibrate essential biomedical equipment and to instruct doctors, nurses and healthcare providers in its proper use.

In addition to biomedical equipment, ten MediSend Mobile Biomedical Equipment Test and Repair Kits™ are included in the containers headed for Papua New Guinea. Each kit has a value of $20,000. All MediSend technicians’ hospitals will receive a kit, essentially a modern biomedical repair laboratory. Designed to complement MediSend’s Biomedical Equipment Technology Program™, the kits contain 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.

“Since 2007, we have trained and sent 95 professional biomedical repair technicians to hospitals in 18 countries. Each is capable of maintaining and repairing not only the biomedical equipment we ship, but all equipment typically found in developing country hospitals.” says Nick Hallack, President and CEO of MediSend, “None of this extraordinary work would be possible without the belief and support of our friends and sponsors. Together, we are saving lives and building strong foundations for healthcare systems around the world.”