Women from Papua New Guinea, Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea and Kazakhstan have graduated from MediSend’s Biomedical Equipment Technology Program™ and returned to their countries as healthcare professionals and community leaders.
Women worldwide play a critical role in the growth and stability of their communities and countries. Programs to lift women and girls from poverty and subjugation are proving to have significant impact, both politically and economically, in the developing world. Unfortunately, widespread opportunities to achieve leadership roles in society are not always available to women.
MediSend International empowers women through educational programs designed not only to prepare them to manage life-saving diagnostic and therapeutic medical equipment, but also to assume leadership roles in their hospitals and communities.
MediSend’s programs help women achieve their economic and personal potential and instill the confidence and self-assurance in them needed for success.
Tracey Mandawali (photo above) and Martha Powaseu (left) departed Papua New Guinea in the fall of 2012, leaving their family, friends and jobs to participate in the rigorous Biomedical Equipment Technology Program™ at MediSend’s Global Education Center in Dallas, Texas. After 6 months of intensive classroom and laboratory training, and long hours of practical application, Martha and Tracey returned to their hospitals to assume critical roles traditionally occupied by men.
“The laboratory where I work has no biomedical equipment technician. This is an opportunity for me to really help the laboratory and the people we are serving,” says Martha who currently works in a pathology laboratory, but has aspirations of one day opening her own clinical laboratory in Papua New Guinea, “Thanks to this experience at MediSend, I return home knowing that my future holds more than I could have imagined. I want to pass my hope and optimism along to other women and girls in my community.”
MediSend graduates are positively impacting healthcare around the world. Cynthia Obarisiagbon, 2011 class valedictorian, is now a lead biomedical engineer at The University of Benin Teaching Hospital in Nigeria. Felisa Nguema, also a 2011 graduate, returned to Equatorial Guinea as the first female biomedical equipment technician in the country. Assem Bismildina, a 2010 graduate, currently holds a leadership role in Kazakhstan’s government effort to improve the quality of healthcare in her country.
“Women train alongside men in our program in a real-world practicum and they invariably excel and move to the head of the class. They are serious and competitive and they are quite determined to succeed,” says Dr. Costel Rizescu, Director of MediSend’s Biomedical Equipment Technology School.
MediSend’s professional biomedical technicians now occupy leadership roles in 60 hospitals serving over 7 million people annually. Since 2008, 96 men and women have graduated from the MediSend Biomedical Equipment Technology Program™ and returned to their countries to vastly improve the quality of healthcare for 24 million people around the world.