MediSend International has joined The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) with an initial Commitment to Action, a unique feature of CGI membership that translates practical goals into meaningful and measurable results. Through its Afghanistan Health and Human Resource Initiative, MediSend will provide biomedical equipment repair training, comprehensive repair and maintenance kits, technical support and the distribution of medical supplies and biomedical equipment to hospitals and clinics in Afghanistan. The Afghanistan Health and Human Resource Initiative was presented at the Clinton Global Initiative’s 5th Annual Meeting that took place September 22nd through September 25th in New York City.
According to General Richard B. Myers, retired Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and MediSend Advisory Board member, “One of the most difficult challenges that Afghanistan faces in community health is the lack of skilled human resources in the area of trained technical personnel. MediSend has a focused program that will help overcome this challenge in hospitals and clinics in Afghanistan.”
The Afghanistan Health and Human Resource Initiative will train Afghan nationals in MediSend’s Biomedical Repair Program to return to their community hospitals and clinics with the skills to install, maintain and repair life-saving biomedical equipment. MediSend will also provide each graduate trainee’s hospital with MediSend’s Mobile Biomedical Equipment Test and Repair Kit™. Ongoing customer and technical support for the participating hospitals and clinics is a major part of the program.
“We are proud to present a program that will make a positive difference in the lives of many thousands of men, women and children in Afghanistan,” says Nick Hallack, President and CEO of MediSend International adding, “To be a part of The Clinton Global Initiative with the opportunity to share ideas and explore solutions with other like-minded organizations will further inspire and reinforce our commitment.”
Partnering organizations such as The Exxon Mobil Corporation, Philips Medical Systems, Phoenix Data Systems (AIMS.NET®), Nida Corporation, Baylor Health Care System, International SOS, Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, Mercy Ships, Save the Children, Broadlane and National Freight Industries enable MediSend to implement programs such as The Afghanistan Health and Human Resource Initiative worldwide.
MediSend is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, humanitarian organization that supports under resourced hospitals in developing countries with a multi-dimensional approach to improving community health. Medisend’s mission includes education, training, technical support and management technologies in Biomedical Equipment Repair, as well as the distribution of life-saving medical supplies and biomedical equipment. MediSend is a proud member of The Clinton Global Initiative.
About The Clinton Global Initiatives (CGI)
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Since 2005, CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 100 current and former heads of state, 14 Nobel Peace Prize laureates, hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations, major philanthropists, directors of the most effective nongovernmental organizations, and prominent members of the media. These CGI members have made more than 1,400 commitments valued at $46 billion, which have already improved the lives of 200 million people in 150 countries. Commitments made at the 2008 Annual Meeting are expected to affect almost 160 million people. The CGI community also includes CGI University (CGI U), a forum to engage college students in global citizenship; CGI Asia; and MyCommitment.org, an online portal where anybody can make their own Commitment to Action. CGI held its Fifth Annual Meeting September 22-25, 2009, in New York City.