BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY AID INTERNATIONAL

Resourceful Global Health Technology

aka BETA International   |   Portland, OR   |  www.bmet-aid.com

Mission

We improve healthcare technology in resource-limited countries by improvisational hands-on training of biomedical engineers through locally-based academic programs that are self-sustaining and adaptive to new medical technologies. We facilitate continuing education of hospital technicians to instruct staff on new medical device care and use, and to maintain, repair and calibrate equipment. Volunteers and partnering academic institutions are the critical human resources in achieving our mission, and equipment donations are carefully screened to avoid turning developing countries into technology dumping grounds -- a pervasive problem.

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

Daniel Schuster

Main address

4916 Sw 31st Dr

Portland, OR 97239 USA

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EIN

46-1555667

NTEE code info

Management & Technical Assistance (G02)

Vocational Technical (B30)

International Educational Development (Q34)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Arusha Technical College Biomedical Engineering

Since 2010, BETA's founder has facilitated upgrades in lab equipment and hands-on practical training at Arusha Technical College with the goal of addressing 80% non-functioning medical equipment in Tanzanian hospitals -- leading to the formation of BETA Intl. Volunteers and university partnerships have led to a widely-respected 3-year Ordinary Diploma program in "Electrical and Biomedical Engineering" (EBE), which will log 80 total graduates in January 2017 -- with 120 current students. EBE Bachelors program was started in 2016 to produce Clinical Engineers and Medical Device Designers with keen insights into pragmatic and improvisational adaptation of medical technology tailored to local resources and culture, and has 58 students in first two years.

Population(s) Served

Commenced one year after the 2010 earthquake which took the lives of perhaps 300,000 people, BETA's founder (current Exec. Dir.) assisted U.Miami's Project Medishare with hospital equipment repair and technician training at Hospital Bernard Mevs in Port-au-Prince. Ten subsequent trips involved equipment repair/maintenance and training Haitian hospital techs. BETA also supervised 3 annual trips by U.Portland Biomed Club student volunteers to repair equipment at Hospital Bernard Mevs, and do field visits to Partners in Health Mirebalais Hospital and Canado Technique technical college (for potential Biomed Tech program). BETA also furnished volunteer instructors for Rotary-Houston-sponsored hospital technician (BMET) training in Pignon, and in southern Haiti (St. Boniface in Fond des Blancs). Efforts to reproduce a technical-college-based academic program like the one at Arusha Tech in Tanzania have not yet found a suitable partner.

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BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY AID INTERNATIONAL

Board of directors
as of 11/29/2017
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Daniel Schuster

BETA International

Term: 2015 - 2018

Hobey Tam, PhD

Clemson University

Nathan Roddy

GE Medical

Charmika Schuster, FNP

Providence Hospital

Ladislaus Nonn

retired from Drake Willock

Emily Bliven

Apex Biomedical, LLC

Jared Rees

University of Portland

George Balagtas

Physio-Control