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ExxonMobil Teams with MediSend to Transform Chad Healthcare

By on December 1, 2014 in Corporate Health, Health News Texas with 0 Comments

By Ed Lallo/Newsroom Ink

The sub-Saharan African country of Chad is in humanitarian crisis. Over 280,000 refugees from the Sudan’s Darfur region, over 55,000 from the Central African Republic, and over 170,000 internally displaced persons in Chad rely almost entirely on outside assistance for survival.

MediSend International, in a philanthropic partnership with ExxonMobil, delivered a program to transform healthcare in Chad through education in biomedical technologies, provision of a MediSend Biomedical Equipment Test and Repair Kit™, and distribution of medical supplies and biomedical equipment. Chad is only one of many partner countries supported by the MediSend and ExxonMobil collaboration.

After spending six-months at MediSend’s Elisabeth Dahan Humanitarian Center, the first BMET certified biomedical repair technician returned home to Chad. Issakha Haroun returned to his country after successfully completing MediSend’s Biomedical Repair Training Program, the first such program created in direct response to the worldwide lack of skilled biomedical technicians.

Haroun returned to Chad with MediSend’s Mobile Biomedical Equipment Test and Repair Kit™ for use in the Regional Doba Hospital and in clinics in surrounding areas.  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. Photo: Ed Lallo/Newsroom Ink

Haroun returned to Chad with MediSend’s Mobile Biomedical Equipment Test and Repair Kit™ for use in the Regional Doba Hospital and in clinics in surrounding areas. 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.

Two ocean-going containers of vital medical, surgical and biomedical equipment were also delived by MediSend to the Regional Doba Hospital.

“The work that MediSend does can have a transforming impact on hospitals in developing countries,” said Robert Lanyon, Corporate Citizenship and Community Investments Manager for ExxonMobil. “By combining the provision of equipment with rigorous training, they ensure the sustainability of the donation and help build capacity for local healthcare provision. In many countries where ExxonMobil operates there are limited health facilities for local communities. Through our long-standing partnership with MediSend we are able to identify where the needs are, provide equipment where it can make a difference, and reassure ourselves that maintenance and repair needs are taken care of.”

As part of the outcomes-oriented program, MediSend offers a technical and customer support plan to partnering hospitals including hosting of the user-friendly, web-based medical equipment management software, AIMS.NET.

“The generosity of our community investment partners such as ExxonMobil enables MediSend to educate and empower biomedical technicians,” said Nick Hallack, President and CEO of MediSend, “and to expand healthcare capacity in under-resourced hospitals around the world such as the Regional Doba Hospital in Chad,”


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