Graduates of the Fall 2011 MediSend Biomedical Repair Training Program™ sponsored by ExxonMobil have returned to Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea and Papua New Guinea. The six-month program was funded with a grant from the company to train biomedical technicians, install biomedical repair laboratories and to distribute medical supplies and equipment to hospitals and communities in Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, Papua New Guinea, Cameroon and Chad.
The class was comprised of individuals from far-ranging locations and cultures.
ThankGod Nwokedi was aworking as a biomedical technician in his hospital in Nigeria, he came to MediSend with basic electronics training. He now leaves with the professional skills to trouble-shoot and repair sophisticated biomedical equipment.
Onda Kupri and Philip Kandaki know that they are returning to a country with extremely limited resources and one that is desperate for improved healthcare conditions. They return to Papua New Guinea to contribute critical support to doctors, nurses and healthcare providers in hospitals that are in extreme need of well-maintained biomedical equipment.
The MediSend Biomedical Repair Training Program is highly comprehensive and demanding.Technician trainees make great sacrifices to come to MediSend. They leave their families, homes and jobs for the six-month immersion course, commonly called the “boot camp” by graduates and staff. It is an intense but rewarding experience and each will return home to make a real difference in the quality of healthcare in their communities.
With well-maintained equipment, doctors and health care workers can provide greater access to higher quality healthcare with much better outcomes. Each graduate’s hospital receives a MediSend Mobile Biomedical Test and Repair Laboratory, the largest support lab of its kind, assuring the technicians the critical tools necessary for success.
ExxonMobil has been a long-term and committed sponsor of MediSend’s programs that provide solutions to the problems that exist in developing country hospital systems. They have funded scholarships for trainees from Nigeria, Angola, Cameroon, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Kazakhstan, and Papua New Guinea.
To-date, MediSend has deployed 78 biomedical equipment technicians with biomedical repair laboratories to 14 countries around the world.