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    mobile phone text messaging will all be rolled out under a programme led by the Chinese Ministry of Health Image credits WHO STB Colors Magazine J Mollison The number of Chinese TB patients is 1 3 million second only to India The five year initiative was announced this week 1 April on the sidelines of a high level ministerial meeting involving more than 27 countries on multidrug and extensively drug resistant tuberculosis in Beijing It will be implemented in five designated provinces and one municipality covering 20 million people at risk of TB The proposed diagnostic tools will include the use of LED microscopes and DNA based diagnosis Huan Shitong a senior programme officer at the Bill Melinda Gates Foundation told SciDev Net Using LEDs rather than standard phosphorescent lights in microscopes forms a clearer image and improves TB detection rates in patients sputum from 50 to 65 per cent And DNA testing which can determine which strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis are present in sputum has 98 per cent accuracy and can be used to detect drug resistant strains in as little as a day DNA based diagnosis is cost effective says Rajendra S Shukla joint secretary of the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare DNA tests were piloted in India at the end of 2008 and cost US 14 for the general public he says As well as diagnosis new management methods such as mobile phone text messaging and medicine kits with built in reminder alarms will be used to enhance patients drug compliance Drug combinations where different drugs are combined in the same pill will also be used to reduce the number of pills a patient has to take from around 13 to three or four a day After two and a half years effective interventions will

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/china-launches-high-tech-tb-fight/?searchterm= (2016-02-17)
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    the semi annual meeting of UNESCO s Executive Board Media are invited to attend a pre launch press conference which will take place at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on April 21 at 11 a m Billington first proposed the creation of a World Digital Library WDL to UNESCO in 2005 remarking that such a project could have the salutary effect of bringing people together by celebrating the depth and uniqueness of different cultures in a single global undertaking In addition to promoting international understanding the project aims to expand the volume and variety of cultural content on the Internet provide resources for educators scholars and general audiences and narrow the digital divide within and between countries by building capacity in partner countries The WDL will function in seven languages Arabic Chinese English French Portuguese Russian and Spanish and include content in a great many other Browse and search features will facilitate cross cultural and cross temporal exploration on the site Descriptions of each item and videos with expert curators speaking about selected items will provide context for users and are intended to spark curiosity and encourage both students and the general public to learn more about the cultural heritage of all countries The WDL was developed by a team at the Library of Congress Technical assistance was provided by the Bibliotheca Alexandrina of Alexandria Egypt Institutions contributing content and expertise to the WDL include national libraries and cultural and educational institutions in Brazil Egypt China France Iraq Israel Japan Mali Mexico Morocco the Netherlands Qatar the Russian Federation Saudi Arabia Serbia Slovakia South Africa Sweden Uganda the United Kingdom and the United States Examples of treasures that will be featured on the WDL include oracle bones and steles contributed by the National Library of China Arabic scientific manuscripts from the

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    AIIMS run by Indian Space Research Organisation ISRO aimed at offering consultation to around 100 networked hospitals and medical institutions all over India The facility will provide emergency on call consultation for the networked institutions regular scheduled telemedicine consultation besides tele education and continuing medical education lectures teaching and training programmes In our state we have already connected 12 centers and are upgrading five districts hospitals at Poonch Kathua Kupwara Leh Kargil and Doda with this system These will start functioning from first week of May revealed Director SKIMS Dr Hamid Zargar He said SKIMS has already been connected to Dr B R Ambedkar Institute Rotary Cancer Hospital IRCH of AIIMS for telemedicine based cancer consultation and follow up programme And now by being the nodal agency of telemedicine services for North India our institute would be a hub of this facility This will benefit the doctors working in remote areas as they would be able to get help in diagnosis and treatment from experts he added Dr Zargar said the telemedicine facility at SKIMS will also help the institute to achieve a proper referral system and will help in curbing the huge rush of patients With this technology we could be able to run many OPDs from here and can see patients of any remote area he said State nodal officer of telemedicine Farooq Ahmad said the facility will run a telemedicine consultation clinic and develop a knowledge management system wherein all the relevant information consultation videos archive of treatment information images multimedia information and database of patients will be stored retrieved and disseminated He maintained that this facility will also develop an e learning online learning resource centre for Oncology Radiotherapy and other specialty departments Medical education programmes will be offered to the doctors of remote hospitals on

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    the device told SciDev Net Ozcan is assistant professor of electrical engineering at the University of California Los Angeles UCLA and the team will use UCLA s existing collaborative networks to carry out trials at large hospitals in Africa South America and South Asia The CellScope team from the US based University of California Berkeley also intend to use their prize money to develop and test field ready prototypes to diagnose malaria and tuberculosis CellScope harnesses traditional optical microscopy clipping a small microscope onto a camera phone then sending the captured image for diagnosis In contrast CelloPhone works by interpreting the shadows of cells On a sunny day your shadow would not show much of a picture because you are not transparent But cells and most bacteria are not fully opaque so their shadow contains a certain texture Ozcan told SciDev Net The devices should help rural medicine where health clinics can ill afford conventional microscopy or sending samples away for analysis CelloPhone loads samples of blood urine or other bodily fluids into a modified mobile phone in the same way you would a memory stick says Ozcan The images are captured using a special light source and the phone s camera and then sent by multimedia message to a central station from where a computer program returns a diagnosis as a text message The system could also record data for epidemiological studies Ozcan says his device is cheap because it uses the phone s own electronics additional components would cost around US 5 10 for each device The team is testing how accurately CelloPhone diagnoses diseases like malaria HIV and tuberculosis and Ozcan says they are very close to a commercial haematology analyser that costs around US 60 000 100 000 David Grimshaw head of the New Technologies International

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    women to help them to become entrepreneurs In recent years he has expanded the work of his Grameen Bank to focus on improving health care for the 40 percent of Bangladeshis who live on less than a dollar a day On a visit to Washington this week Yunus told an international health conference that Grameen Health an affiliate of Grameen Bank has 51 clinics that offer low cost treatment to villagers who pay an insurance premium of just 2 a year Healthcare and ICT But he says many doctors who run the rural clinics want to stay only a few months before returning to the cities which forced him to rethink the operation One of the alternatives we decided on finally is that maybe we should not even try to bring the doctors in the village And that is what we now are working on redesigning the system he said Yunus says he is working with US medical experts to create health care centers that allow villagers to transmit their medical information over the Internet using cellular telephones to a far away doctor s computer He can see it on the screen and decide what the advice should be in this particular case and pick up the mobile phone and tell the health management center what is the next step to take what precautions whatever advice they have he said Yunus began his partnership with the US health care providers last September to help to make his Bangladeshi clinics more cost efficient and self supporting C ollaborations One of his partners Pfizer the world s biggest pharmaceutical maker is helping to evaluate Grameen s health care delivery systems Another is General Electric the world s top maker of medical imaging devices such as ultrasound machines GE is working with villagers

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    awaaz Climate Change Action Appropriate Technology Choice OneWorld South Asia Info Remote doctoring to benefit Bhutan s rural populace 23 April 2009 Alice Kok The health ministry s new telemedicine projects will help Bhutanese patients access medical advice from experts in India via the internet and through real time videoconferencing The initiative will address the shortage of medical specialists in the country that has a population of 700 000 Image credits Futuregov Telemedicine in Bhutan Bhutan s Prime Minister Lyonchhoen Jigmi Y Thinley and the Indian ambassador to Bhutan Sudhir Vyas inaugurated the projects SAARC South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Telemedicine Network and Bhutan Rural Telemedicine during the ministry s annual conference in Thimphu Bhutan s capital The real time video conferencing will require an internet bandwidth of 384 kbps while the rural telemedicine will use the existing infrastructure of dial up internet connectivity With this telemedicine innovation the Health Ministry hopes to improve the accessibility and quality of healthcare by harnessing ICT Apart from getting advices from India this remote doctoring will also enable Bhutanese specialists to attend to patients in other parts of the country Through telemedicine doctors and specialists will be able to keep in touch

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    be imparted lessons in English by a novel technique conceptualised by Landmark International Institute for Empowerment LIFE Trust The trust is conducting a two month pilot project in the slums of Dharavi for 25 anganwadi teachers Based on the success of the project it plans to extend the same to 950 teachers during the year The trust together with its team of 2D Animators has created a unique English DVD for this initiative and the teachers will be trained on ultra modern portable DVD players These DVDs have been created with visuals and a voice over so as to make English learning interesting The classroom sessions would be interactive with discussions role plays and quizzes to sustain the interest of the teachers and deliver quality learning a trust release said Image credits Google Images An anganwadi teacher Anganwadis are pre school centres established by the Central Government to engage children up to six years in an integrated manner to ensure the proper growth and development of children in rural tribal and slum areas across India Technology is revolutionising available education techniques and at LIFE Trust we are driven by the idea that this can be used to redefine the public school education system in the country LIFE Trust Managing Trustee Poonam Lalvani said She further said that the initiative replaces the traditional blackboard with a modern technologically advanced medium of education We are confident that this will produce constructive results For us this project is a foundation of a dedicated effort to make every child in India school ready in a more fun filled and modernised atmosphere she added The trust will also conduct oral and written tests by the end of the course so as to acquire a quantitative and qualitative analysis of the project Besides it will also

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    nurses from rural areas going to cities for education courses can be delivered online Remote hospitals in Africa have not been attractive to doctors and nurses because opportunities for career development are limited The business community has not been investing in rural areas because of their distance to markets But with online courses and e commerce now available remote hospitals may be more attractive to doctors and nurses and it is hoped that the business community will invest in rural areas which can now sell products online The major contribution to the health sector will be the ability to deliver health services to remote rural areas through online consultation With computers and Internet connectivity a doctor can take a photo scan it and send it to a doctor in a referral hospital for expert opinion The Communications Authority of Zambia CAZ the country s telecom sector regulator on April 17 signed an agreement for a rural telecommunication fund The Kenyan government has already launched a project that will connect nine provinces CAZ acting CEO Richard Mwanza said an agreement with Macha Linknet will finance the rural multipurpose telecenters in the southern part of the country The project Mwanza said will initially involve four provinces but will later expand CAZ has been setting aside funds from license fees toward the development of ICT services in rural areas The CAZ is now ready to implement the universal access program in rural Zambia to provide ICT services Mwanza said The model Mwanza said is an initiative for a VSAT Very Small Aperture Technology service operated by the malaria research center located in the small town of Macha which eventually grew to a multifaceted community based resource servicing the needs of private and government institutions in the community Mwanza said the CAZ now wants

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