Thursday, April 19, 2012

Zambia to host Corporate Africa Partnerships conference

By Meluse Kapatamoyo

The 5th Corporate Africa Partnerships for Prevention and Care Health Conference is headed for Zambia this year under the theme “Building sustainable partnerships between Africa’s private and public sectors.

The interactive session will see leading investors and their suppliers’ chain engage in dialogue with the public sector and their developmental partners about the ingredients necessary to build lasting win-win partnerships which will generate tangible and measurable benefits to impact upon prevention and care in Zambia.

The panel will also table the conditions that need to be in place for mutual trust and a thriving environment conducive to partnerships, commitment and heightened expectations of both private and public sectors.

Corporate Africa Health Conference and Reports partners with foreign investors in health and medicare, governments, international and developmental agencies, including UNAIDS, World Health Organisation, and global and national business coalitions on HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria.

It has risen to become the leading health intelligence and thought vehicle in the prevention of infectious diseases in Africa where it offers ideas and solutions to increase the efficacy of health in the private and public sectors, and for sustainable development investments in human capital, drug transfer and therapy.

The Zambia 2012 conference will be held from 1-3 July, under the patronage of the Ministry of Health and chaired by the National Medical Association.


Tele-medicine reforms medical delivery in Zambia

By Meluse Kapatamoyo

The provision of efficient medical services remains a challenge in most Zambian health institutions let alone, military establishments, but the recent tele-medicine solution being provided by mobile phone company, Zamtel, is set to change all that.

Information and communication technology is enabling specialist doctors and medical staff at Maina Soko Military Hospital and Mount Eugenia Health Centre of Zambia Air Force in Lusaka West, conduct live tele-medicine sessions between the two hospitals.

This technology allows interaction via live video link by providing real-time health care consultation services. It stores data for the patient while capturing video and photos which are later sent to medical consultants for diagnosis and follow-up treatment.

Maina Soko Hospital currently houses most of the defence medical specialists and staff, remote military medical centres therefore refer complicated cases to the hospital, a process that is both inefficient and expensive.

Zamtel’s tele-medicine solution is expected to address these challenges by eliminating the time and cost associated with frequent travel between remote medical centres and Maina Soko Hospital. This will also allow for more rational use of the time and expertise of Defence Force medical specialists.

Zamtel Chief Executive Officer Dr. Mwanakatwe said “The tele-medicine solution is being delivered through a dedicated point-to-point connection and is able to eliminate, to a large extent, travel between remote medical centres and Maina Soko Hospital for both staff and patients.”

“This particular solution is readily available using the current Zamtel network infrastructure and is a mix of optical fibre and radio technologies. We stand ready to work with the government and the medical fraternity in order to bring about the efficient delivery of modern health care services in Zambia through tele-medicine,” added Dr Mwanakatwe.

The solution also provides for net meeting, web conferencing, e-learning, Internet access and data transfer.

The project is funded by the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and US Department of Defence in partnership with the American International Health Alliance’s HIV/AIDS Twinning Centre and the Zambian Ministry of Defence Medical Services through Maina Soko Hospital.