MediSend Biomedical Technologies School Opens its Fourth Year with 2010 Class of Trainees from Developing Countries Sponsored by ExxonMobil

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MediSend begins the 2010 Spring/Summer Semester with men and women trainees from Kazakhstan and Nigeria. Since 2007, MediSend has trained and returned 48 BMET biomedical repair technicians to their home-country hospitals - many the first such professionals in their country.

The MediSend Biomedical Repair Training Program, now in its fourth year, has trained and returned dozens of professional biomedical technicians to developing country hospitals. Many MediSend graduates have been the first such biomedical professionals in their countries. The latest group of trainees, sponsored by ExxonMobil, has recently arrived at the Elisabeth Dahan Humanitarian Center, MediSend’s global headquarters in Dallas, Texas.

Men and women from Nigeria and Kazakhstan, participating in the 2010 Spring/Summer Biomedical Repair Training Program, will spend six months in intensive biomedical technology courses and will graduate capable of installing, repairing and maintaining the full range of basic biomedical equipment found in developing country hospitals. Each trainee’s hospital receives the MediSend Mobile Biomedical Equipment Test and Repair Kit™. The Kit has over 4000 test, repair and calibration tools and supply items needed to support eighty percent of the basic equipment found in a developing country hospital.

“MediSend sends these trainees home with not only life-saving skills, but a life-changing experience. They return to their hospitals with confidence and a commitment to the important leadership role that they have undertaken,” said Robert Lanyon, corporate citizenship and community investments manager for ExxonMobil, who addressed the audience at the 2009 Fall/Winter graduation ceremony.

An ardent supporter of MediSend’s work in developing country hospitals, ExxonMobil originally funded the MediSend Biomedical Repair Laboratory where trainees participate in the practical application of their newly acquired skills.

“We are grateful to ExxonMobil for the opportunity to provide hope and promise to communities in need through these trainees,” says Nick Hallack, President and CEO of MediSend, “It is exciting to see the dedication and passion that all of the trainees have for the mission ahead of them.”

About MediSend
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.

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