In developing countries, essential biomedical equipment often goes unrepaired resulting in lack of treatment, misdiagnosis, even death. Without skilled technicians and the proper test and repair tools, this condition remains a major obstacle to providing quality healthcare and saving lives.
In 2007, with support from ExxonMobil, MediSend founded the first and only Biomedical Repair Training Program designed specifically to train BMET technicians for developing country hospitals. Graduates return to their countries with the skills to install, maintain and repair vital biomedical equipment. Each graduate’s hospital receives a Mobile Biomedical Equipment Test and Repair Kit™, intended for use in their hospital and in clinics in surrounding areas. MediSend’s Biomedical Department developed and produced the kits to complement its Biomedical Repair Training Program.
MediSend has shipped nineteen of the life-saving Mobile Biomedical Equipment Test and Repair Kits™ to hospitals in Equatorial Guinea, Angola, Nigeria, and soon to Chad, thanks to ExxonMobil. Each of the kits contains over 4,000 laboratory repair tools, supply items, and state-of-the-art test and calibration devices. Customized to the country’s electrical specifications, the kit is the foundation for a modern biomedical repair laboratory, and has the capacity to repair and maintain approximately eighty percent of all basic biomedical equipment used in a developing hospital system.
MediSend Biomedical has developed six additional test and repair kits, each designed to support basic and advanced biomedical specialties in the hospital environment. The new kits will be available for distribution in early 2010, to coincide with the opening of MediSend’s professional level Advanced Training Programs.
In addition to the ExxonMobil technician and kit sponsorships, MediSend has also trained technicians and provided kits to the JFK and Zoe-Geh Hospitals in Liberia, the Biamba Marie (Dikembe) Mutombo Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo and St. Stevens Hospital in India.
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 in emergency and long-term partnership programs.