MediSend International Receives $300,000 Matching Grant from Dahan Family Foundation

10/2/2016

 DALLAS, TEXAS (PRWEB) OCTOBER 02, 2016

News ImageThe Dahan Family Foundation has awarded a matching grant in support of MediSend’s educational and humanitarian work to support and strengthen healthcare in developing countries. The grant promises to match donations and grants up to $300,000 until the end of 2016.

In 2005, Elisabeth and Rene Dahan donated Medisend’s current facility, the Elisabeth Dahan Humanitarian Center, home to the organization’s Biomedical Engineering Technology School and its International Distribution Center, a division of Medisend that distributes medical supplies and equipment to developing country hospitals in need, as well emergency aid in times of disaster.

“The Dahans have always been forward-looking, enabling MediSend to create and deliver programs with long-term sustainable outcomes for people in need,” says Nick Hallack, MediSend CEO.

The Dahans are not only longtime friends and benefactors of MediSend, but also invaluable mentors with an unwavering belief in MediSend’s educational and humanitarian work.

Thanks to the Dahan Family Foundation, MediSend made significant contributions to the Ebola crisis, supports women and children’s care in Liberia and Sierra Leone and, as a partner with the World Health Organization, is currently playing an important role in rebuilding Liberia’s healthcare infrastructure. MediSend has trained biomedical technicians for hospitals throughout Africa and has recently partnered with GE El Seif (Saudi Arabia) to train technicians for hospitals in the Middle East. With the Dahans’ ongoing support, MediSend is working with Jane Goodall to rebuild a hospital and deliver better health services in the area of Gombe National Park, Tanzania.

“The Dahan Family Foundation has made a difference in countless lives. Through the Dahan family’s incredible generosity, men, women and children around the world have access to improved healthcare. In times of tragedy, their kindness has spread to families suffering from illness, natural disasters and strife,” says Nick Hallack, President and CEO of MediSend, adding, “The Dahans have always been forward-looking, enabling MediSend to create and deliver programs with long-term sustainable outcomes for people in need.”

For more information on MediSend, go to MediSend.org or contact Nick Hallack at 214-575-5006 ext.112 or nick(dot)hallack(at)medisend(dot)org.

MediSend, Liberia’s Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization Partner to Help Rebuild Liberian Healthcare Infrastructure

9/21/2016

MediSend is training three Liberian biomedical technicians, sponsored by the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization, as part of a healthcare reconstruction and strengthening plan following the devastating effects of the Ebola outbreak in 2014. The technicians will play a major role in Liberia’s national support system, acting as mentors/trainers for future biomedical engineering technicians.

Through a grant from the Liberian Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO), Dallas-based MediSend Biomedical Engineering Technology School is educating and training three Liberian students to become professional biomedical technicians (BMETs). Following the devastating Ebola outbreak in 2014, the Liberian government has been aggressively working to rebuild and strengthen its healthcare system.

MediSend technicians Terry Bracewell and Dina Georgescu with Liberian technicians: Nyemah Muhlenburg, Peterson Greaves and Wymah Youyoubon (foreground)

Thanks to Dr. Bernice T. Dahn, Liberia’s Minister of Health and a tireless advocate for healthcare improvement, Liberia is obtaining new medical equipment and skilled human resources. As part of a comprehensive national campaign, the technicians training at MediSend will return to Liberia, not only to install, repair and maintain modern, life-saving diagnostic and therapeutic equipment, but to act as mentors and trainers, expanding services by elevating intern skills.

Prior to their graduation and return to Liberia in September, Peterson Greaves, Nyemah Muhlenburg, and Wymah Youyoubon (current Director of Healthcare Technology Management for the Liberian Ministry of Health) will experience a one-week internship at Touchstone Imaging. They will be shadowing experienced professional biomedical technicians and obtaining real-time, practical experience with state-of-the-art equipment.

Included in the MediSend/Liberia Biomedical Engineering Technology Program are three of Medisend’s 4000 piece Mobile Biomedical Equipment Test and Repair Kits™, modern repair, maintenance and calibration labs. They will serve as the foundation of specialized tools, equipment, supplies and spare parts in support of the technicians upon return to service to the Minister of Health.

“I am grateful to the MediSend Biomedical Engineering Technology School for their partnership in providing education and professional skills training to our new biomedical technicians. They will be very instrumental in rebuilding and strengthening Liberia’s healthcare system, through direct service and by implementation of our new “internship” mentoring programs. We are looking forward to seeing them soon, and welcome their future invaluable support,” says Dr. Dahn.

MediSend International and World Olympians Association Team Up to Support Reconstruction of Liberia’s Healthcare System

4/9/2015

Two forty foot shipping containers filled with medical supplies are en route to Liberia in response to a plea from Liberian members of the World Olympians Association.

Dallas, TX. April 9, 2015 – Since the outbreak of Ebola in 2014, MediSend and the World Olympians Association have partnered to aid the people of West Africa. They have teamed up again to ship two forty-foot containers of critically needed medical supplies to Liberia. The shipments were co-sponsored by the Dahan Family Foundation, and are in response to an urgent plea from Liberian members of the World Olympians Association for help in the reconstruction of their country’s healthcare system. The two containers of medical supplies will be distributed among hospitals and clinics whose supplies have been seriously depleted by the epidemic.

“Our country is indebted to organizations like MediSend and the World Olympians Association for their compassion in helping Liberia and its neighbors afflicted with Ebola,” said Minister Matthew Flomo, Deputy Minister for Administration – Ministry of Health & Social Welfare, Liberia. “They have played a pivotal role in helping to reduce suffering and death, and ultimately bringing the disease under control. Liberia is now trying to recover and rebuild and we are eternally grateful to MediSend and World Olympians Association for their continued assistance.”

Since the virus outbreak, MediSend has shipped ten containers or sixty six tons of emergency medical supplies to Sierra Leone and Liberia.

“Our donors and partners have enabled MediSend to provide hope and healing to Liberian families and communities suffering from the Ebola epidemic. With continued generosity and support, we hope to provide ongoing aid and assistance to West Africa’s post-Ebola recovery efforts,” said Nick Hallack, President and CEO of MediSend International.

VANUATU NEEDS OUR HELP!

3/24/2015

With winds of more than 300 kph, a “monster” cyclone tore through the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu this week causing widespread devastation as authorities declared a state of emergency. The first aid teams to reach Vanuatu describe the situation as catastrophic.

MediSend stands ready to support the medical teams and healthcare workers in Vanuatu. We are already preparing containers of critically needed medical supplies for the worst affected areas. But, we need your help! Thanks to you, we have supported West Africa throughout the Ebola crisis and, with your generosity we helped rebuild a hospital in Taclaban, Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan. You allowed us to be one of the first on the ground in Haiti following the devastating earthquake. Now, Vanuatu needs our help and we are asking that you once again open your hearts so that we can respond quickly to this terrible tragedy.

Please help us to reduce suffering and to speed up the process of rebuilding Vanuatu’s community health and, as always, to send hope and save lives!

Medisend International Celebrates 25 years of Improving Community Health Worldwide

1/28/2015

The organization has grown from a small charity to an organization with global influence, continually adding groundbreaking programs to advance high standards and excellence in healthcare.

Dallas, TX. January 28. 2015 – Since its founding in 1990 by renowned neurosurgeon Martin Lazar, MediSend International has grown from a small charity delivering surplus medical supplies to developing country hospitals to an organization that has profound impact on the healthcare of communities around the world.

In 2005, thanks to the Dahan Family Foundation, MediSend opened its new home in the Elisabeth Dahan Humanitarian Center in Dallas, Texas. In the following year, the organization launched the MediSend Biomedical Equipment Technology School™ and began coupling the delivery of medical supplies and equipment with professional education and training of biomedical technicians in developing countries, quickly establishing sustainable improvement in community healthcare. Since 2007, MediSend has trained and equipped over 110 professional biomedical technicians (BMETs) for more than 20 countries worldwide, some the first such professionals in their communities.

MediSend has impacted the lives of millions of families around the world, and now impacts the lives of returning US veterans and their families. In 2013, MediSend’s Biomedical Technology School was completely renovated with new state of the art laboratories and classrooms, and in that same year the General Richard B. Myers Veterans Biomedical Technology Program™ was launched to offer training to US. veterans. The Veterans Program has achieved a nearly 100% success rate in placing graduates in careers with highly recognized healthcare organizations such as Baylor Scott & White Health, DaVita Dialysis, Aramark Healthcare and Becton Dickinson.

As one of the first NGO’s on the ground following the earthquake in Haiti and, more recently providing major support of the Ebola crisis in West Africa, MediSend continues its original purpose and responds with emergency medical supplies to communities in distress.

“We are sincerely grateful to our partners and donors for making our contribution to healthcare possible. They enable MediSend to send hope, save lives, and to change lifetimes. We have never lost sight of our mission to improve community health and, with their continued support and loyalty, we look forward to more innovations and progress,” said Nick Hallack, President and CEO of MediSend and the organization’s leader since 2004.

About MediSend
Founded in 1990, MediSend is a multi-faceted organization with a singular mission: improving community health. In 2006, MediSend coupled the delivery of supplies and equipment to developing country hospitals with the training of professional biomedical equipment repair technicians (BMETs) and opened the MediSend Biomedical Equipment Technology School™. The General Richard B. Myers Veterans Biomedical Technology Program™ was launched in 2013 to offer MediSend’s comprehensive BMET training program to post 9-11 veterans. Certified by the Texas Workforce Commission as a Career School and College, MediSend offers a unique five month program in state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories. The Biomedical Equipment Technology (BMET) Program is approved by the US BMET Board of Examiners and the US Certification Commission.

MediSend Partners with AirLink to Deliver 10 Tons of Medical Supplies to Sierra Leone

12/16/2017

MediSend is now able to deliver supplies to stricken areas in days rather than weeks thanks to AirLink.

Dallas, TX. December 16, 2014 – In an ongoing campaign to support the fight against Ebola in West Africa, humanitarian organization MediSend International has shipped 20,000 pounds of desperately needed medical supplies to Sierra Leone.

NFI Industries transported the supplies from the Elisabeth Dahan Humanitarian Center, MediSend’s headquarters in Dallas, to Chicago where AirLink’s Air Bridge to West Africa then airlifted them to Sierra Leone. Airlink is a 24/7 humanitarian response organization that links airlines and qualified non-profits.The Air Bridge shortened the time to the crisis areas from eight weeks by ocean freight to ten days.

“This allows us to get our emergency supplies to those in need much faster than shipping by sea,” says Nick Hallack, President and CEO of MediSend International adding, “Although Ebola is no longer dominating the news, families in West Africa are still losing loved ones to the deadly virus. Even after Ebola is under control, the healthcare systems in West Africa will need an incredible amount of support to recover and reconstruct.”

MediSend has been supporting hospitals and clinics in Sierra Leone and Liberia since the beginning of the outbreak and, according to Hallack, will continue as long as supplies and funding are available. The organization has supported emergency relief efforts around the world since 1990.

About MediSend
Founded in 1990, MediSend is a multi-faceted organization with a singular mission: improving community health. In 2006, MediSend coupled the delivery of supplies and equipment to developing country hospitals with the training of professional biomedical equipment repair technicians (BMETs) and opened the MediSend Biomedical Equipment Technology School™. The General Richard B. Myers Veterans Biomedical Technology Program™ was launched in 2013 to offer MediSend’s comprehensive BMET training program to post 9-11 veterans. Certified by the Texas Workforce Commission as a Career School and College, MediSend offers a unique five month program in state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories. The Biomedical Equipment Technology (BMET) Program is approved by the US BMET Board of Examiners and the US Certification Commission.

MediSend International Partners with World Olympians Association in #TargetEbola Campaign

11/4/2014

pr161.jpgOlympians from around the world are supporting the campaign to send medical and personal protection supplies to Ebola stricken West Africa.

Dallas, TX. November 4, 2014 – MediSend has partnered with the World Olympians Association (WOA) in the #TargetEbola campaign to send desperately needed medical and personal protection supplies to West Africa. The partnership was launched on October 23rd at the Elisabeth Dahan Humanitarian Center, MediSend’s headquarters in Dallas, Texas. World Olympians Association CEO Mike Miller flew in from London for the event where former Texas Olympians joined together to pack and label cases of medical supplies that will fill two forty- foot ocean containers bound for Sierra Leone.

The shipments are co-sponsored by the Dahan Family Foundation, Chevron, Cambridge Mindful Living Foundation, the Langdon Family Foundation and the Huey 091 Foundation, a veterans organization supporting our troops in harm’s way.

Dr. Francis Dove Edwin, a two-time Olympian from Sierra Leone and a member of the Sierra Leone Presidential task force to combat Ebola, along with his fellow Sierra Leone Olympians, has asked the World Olympians Association to help raise funds for this vital project.

Carl Lewis, nine-time Olympic Gold Medalist in Los Angeles, Seoul, Barcelona and Atlanta said, “The #TargetEbola campaign is a very worthy cause and drastic action is needed. I appeal to my Olympic friends to spread this vital message and I make a plea to anyone and everyone to come forward with a much needed donation.”

Olympic legends like Usain Bolt, Claudia Bokel, Sergey Bubka, Koji Murofushi, Pernilla Wiberg and Yang Yang are already supporting the campaign. The WOA is also appealing to the rest of its 100,000 strong Olympian community around the world to get involved and to use their social media networks to inform others.

“We are proud to join Olympians worldwide in support of #TargetEbola. We hope others will join our common mission to help ease the suffering and stop the spread of this dreadful disease,” said Nick Hallack President and CEO of MediSend.

About MediSend
Founded in 1990, MediSend is a multi-faceted organization with a singular mission: improving community health. In 2006, MediSend coupled the delivery of supplies and equipment to developing country hospitals with the training of professional biomedical equipment repair technicians (BMETs) and opened the MediSend Biomedical Equipment Technology School™. The General Richard B. Myers Veterans Biomedical Technology Program™ was launched in 2013 to offer MediSend’s comprehensive BMET training program to post 9-11 veterans. Certified by the Texas Workforce Commission as a Career School and College, MediSend offers a unique five month program in state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories. The Biomedical Equipment Technology (BMET) Program is approved by the US BMET Board of Examiners and the US Certification Commission.