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MediSend’s Mission Includes Proper Training and Tools

By on May 1, 2016 in Education, Health News Texas with 0 Comments

Everyday biomedical equipment that industrialized nations take for granted everyday, a MediSend International’s Biomedical Training Program class receives instruction on a piece of equipment. Photo: Ed Lallo/Newsroom Ink

By Gordon Curry/Newsroom Ink

Everyday biomedical equipment that industrialized nations take for granted everyday, could mean the difference between life and death in developing countries.

A properly working ultrasound machine, for example, might determine whether an Angolan mother will be grieving at the lost of her child, or experience the joy of having a healthy newborn placed in her waiting arms.  And an X-ray machine can ensure a Nigerian youth will receive the proper treatment needed to heal a broken leg, rather than be crippled for life. Without trained personnel to operate and repair this life-saving equipment, it often lies useless as those in need suffer.

Nigerian students participate in classroom instruction. Photo: Ed Lallo/Newsroom Ink

MediSend International is the only global non-profit organization to offer a comprehensive solution to these problems. Working with support from corporate sponsors such as ExxonMobil, its’ innovative MediSend Biomedical Repair Training Program is designed to meet the needs and challenges of hospitals in developing countries. The intensive curriculum and training model were created in direct response to the worldwide lack of skilled biomedical technicians.

The biomedical training lab and classrooms are located in the Elisabeth Dahan Humanitarian Center at MediSend’s Dallas, Texas global headquarters. The state-of-the-art facility offers trainees the opportunity of hands-on experience with a complete inventory of biomedical equipment in one of the nation’s largest and best equipped biomedical training laboratories.

Men and women from Nigeria, Chad, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Liberia, Kazakhstan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo are but a few that have successful completed courses in life-saving skills in MediSend International’s Biomedical Training Program. Spending six-months far from family and friends, students are tutored in performance-based biomedical training. The curriculum is designed especially for developing countries and meets US/BMET standards in biomedical technologies.

The students return to their home countries as qualified biomedical technicians trained on a complete range of biomedical equipment typically found in developing-country hospitals.

Partnerships are the heartbeat of humanitarian organizations like MediSend. The state-of-the-art biomedical repair and training laboratories, as well as a school for biomedical equipment technicians, were made possible by grants from ExxonMobil .

Costel Rizescu (r), Director of the Biomedical Repair Training Program and Tauane Araujo (l), manager of international programs, instruct students on proper use of a blood-testing machine. Photo: Ed Lallo/Newsroom Ink

“We believe that education and the transfer of skills are critical to achieving sustainable, quality healthcare in developing country populations,” said Gerald McElvy, president of the ExxonMobil Foundation.

Since establishing the Africa Health Initiative in 2000, ExxonMobil has been a major supporter of MediSend’s mission to train personnel, as well as ship medical supplies and equipment to Africa and other parts of the world.

“In developing-country hospitals, essential diagnostic and treatment equipment goes unused, or is used improperly because of a tremendous lack of skilled technicians to properly install, repair and maintain it,” said Nick Hallack, President and CEO of MediSend International. “MediSend is proud to be the first international organization to train qualified biomedical technicians for deployment in developing-country hospitals, and for setting a new standard of excellence in biomedical technologies for countries in desperate need of improved healthcare conditions.”

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