Canadian woman makes surgery safer for patients in Africa

There’s a lot of bad news in the world these days–conflict, terrorism, refugee flight, not to mention worries about natural disasters and the economy.
Sometimes, things can seem so hopeless.
But now and then you hear something that gives hope. That’s what I felt recently when I talked to a young woman from Calgary who is making surgery safer for patients in some of the world’s poorest countries.
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Varian partners with African caregivers for modern cancer radiotherapy training

Varian Medical Systems is partnering with two universities in Africa to help cancer patients gain access to better, more modern, radiation treatments. The educational program, called “Access to Care”, began this week in Cape Town, South Africa, and is training caregivers to deliver advanced conformal radiotherapy treatments.
Advanced techniques like 3-D conformal radiotherapy are not widely available in many parts of Africa, said Jose-Manuel Valentim, director of Varian’s EMEIA (Europe, Middle East, India, Africa) and APAC (Asia-Pacific) divisions, to HCB News.
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Spotlight: China’s aiding Africa paradigm of South-South cooperation

BEIJING, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) — As the world celebrates the 12th UN Day for South-South Cooperation on Saturday, it is notable that China’s aiding Africa in the past decades has become a paradigm of South-South cooperation.
Aiding Africa, which plays an important role in China’s Africa diplomacy, has become an impulse for the development of China-Africa relations, a strong bond linking both sides and a distinguishing feature of China-Africa ties.
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S.Africa’s Discovery FY profit up 14 percent as medical scheme expands

South Africa’s biggest health insurer Discovery Ltd reported a 14 percent rise in annual profit on Thursday, boosted by a near doubling of the number of people on its medical scheme.

Discovery, which also runs a life insurance business, said normalised diluted headline earnings per share totaled 663 cents in the year to the end of June compared with 580 cents a year earlier.
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Nigeria : $5 million Warehouse-in-a-box to support for the country’s pharmaceutical supply chain

The “,” a US$5 million project by the U.S. Agency for International Development in collaboration with the Global Fund to fight Tuberculosis, AIDS, and Malaria has been launched in Lagos, Nigeria
The new medical warehouse is expected to provide ample space for safe, quality medications for Nigerians in need, as well as reduce the cost and time of transporting life-saving medications and equipment to all parts of Nigeria.
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Bringing technology to communities

The chief of the Shixini Great Place in Willowvale young people in Port Elizabeth’s Northern areas and school nurses in the rural Transkei all have one thing in common. They all benefit from the work done by Prof Darelle van Greunen and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Centre for Community Technologies (CCT). CCT aims to respond to the needs of the Eastern Cape and ultimately those of the larger South Africa.
Tech in healthcare
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How changes in African traditional medicine research can benefit South Africa

The South African government’s economic investment in indigenous knowledge has seen the exponential growth of research about medicinal plants and traditional medicines in South Africa.
In 2014 alone, 140 scientific papers were published about these subjects. Pharmacology, pharmacy and integrative and complimentary medicines were the dominant research focus areas. By contrast, in the 20 years before South Africa became a democracy, fewer than five scientific papers were published on the subject annually.
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Second annual Dental Africa Exhibition and Conference in Lagos

The second annual Dental Africa Exhibition and Conference, organised by Informa Life Sciences Exhibitions, will be held at the Eko Hotel & Suites in Lagos, Nigeria on 7-9 October 2015. The event will provide a platform for companies to interact with professionals from the West African dental industry. It will provide a combination of business networking and trade opportunities along with hands on workshops and conference, where experts will provide attendees with latest dental technologies and updates in the industry.Continue reading