MediSend deploys mobile repair kits to African hospitals

MediSend International sent two of its MediSend Mobile Biomedical Equipment Test and Repair Kits to Liberia and Sierra Leone to help repair and maintain life-saving equipment in the country. | MediSend International

MediSend International sent two of its Mobile Biomedical Equipment Test and Repair Kits to hospitals in Sierra Leone and Liberia, the company said Friday.

The kits are used to maintain and repair life-saving equipment onsite. MediSend worked in partnership with Chevron Community Investment to send the kits to Connaught Hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone, and JFK Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia. Trained MediSend technicians are already stationed in Liberia.

Technicians sponsored by Chevron trained at MediSend's Biomedical Technology School in Dallas.

The kits are valued at about $20,000 each and contain more than 4,000 repair tools, state-of-the-art calibration and test equipment, and supply items. The tools can repair typical biomedical equipment found in developing countries' hospitals.

MediSend CEO Nick Hallack said West Africa is still “in desperate need" of continued support crucial for the reconstruction of its health care systems.

“Before the Ebola crisis, hospitals were already ill-equipped to handle community health care,” Hallack said. “The crisis served to put more stress on a broken system, exhausting the equipment with intense use and subsequent lack of maintenance and repair. Thanks to Chevron’s Community Investment partnership, our trained and equipped technicians will help to rebuild devastated hospital capacity.”