GE Foundation and Engineering World Health (EWH) signed an agreement on October 26, 2012 with Instituto Nacional de Formacion Profesional (INFOP), establishing the framework for a sustainable BMET training program in Honduras, managed and operated locally by INFOP, the national institute for professional training. This signing established a new field of training in Honduras, as a full-time, intensive program for hands-on medical equipment repair and maintenance did not previously exist in country. INFOP will be establishing an independent academic department with three full-time faculty members and will construct the laboratory facilities to support the program at their campus in Tegucigalpa. This training will be provided by the Honduran public sector through INFOP, with the first group of students beginning study in February 2013 and graduating in November 2014.
GE Foundation, EWH and Duke University have been supporting the biomedical field in Honduras through this program with INFOP for over two years, including continuing education delivered by EWH to practicing biomedical technicians from 12 public hospitals. This training has had a measured impact on the ability of hospital technicians to service and repair critical medical devices that patients depend on. Training sessions have covered neonatal technology, sterilizers, radiology equipment, patient monitors, and other types of medical technology.
Press Release from INFOP:
On the alliance between INFOP, GE Foundation and Engineering World Health, Technical training specialized on medical equipment in the health sector...
With the purpose of creating technical resources to promote services to the health sector through the specialized technical training on medical equipment, The National Institute for Professional Formation (INFOP), GE Foundation and Engineering World Health (EWH) signed today an important agreement of technical cooperation.
The agreement has the objective of promoting the spirit of research, the management of health services to improve decision-making, the use of innovative capacity and the creativity of human resources, and the application of effective and appropriate technology to resolve health problems.
The agreement also has the objective of working together to consider a new process of national certification for Honduran professionals in the biomedical sciences through the Honduras Ministry of Health, EWH, and General Electric Foundation. In this way, a biomedical curriculum can be established than can develop the technical field of health care to cover the needs of biomedical personnel.
INFOP will have the responsibility of developing activities to promote the expansion of the assigned areas to train human resources of the health sector, and creating a new biomedical department, separate and independent from other academic departments. Also, INFOP will determine the best way to incorporate the BMET curriculum within the E-learning platform for use with students to facilitate the participation of technicians from different areas. INFOP will provide a biomedical workshop and classrooms to provide the training courses.
The agreement was signed by GE Foundation Program Manager, Moitreyee Sinha, the Director of EWH, Ed Hutton, and the Executive Director of INFOP, David Chavez.