Partnership to fast-track life-saving health innovations

first_img15 August 2014 The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) and international non-profit organisation Path have launched a new partnership to speed up the development of sustainable, high-impact health innovations capable of saving the lives of vulnerable women and children in South Africa and beyond. The Global Health Innovation Accelerator (GHIA), launched in Cape Town on Tuesday, will combine the resources and expertise of the government, academia and private partners to advance the design and manufacture of safe, low-cost, medically approved and culturally appropriate products to meet the urgent health needs of South Africa’s poorest, most vulnerable women and children. SAMRC president Glenda Gray, speaking at Tuesday’s launch, said the partnership would be a game-changer in South African health care. “We desperately need to find innovative solutions that will save the lives of women during pregnancy and childbirth,” Gray said. “Interventions that prevent unnecessary stillbirths and neonatal deaths are critical as we endeavour to drive down mortality in children in Africa.” The partnership will tackle two problems that often block global health innovations from realising their potential. “First, many great ideas lack the support to make it all the way from research to product,” the SAMRC said in a statement. “Second, products designed for high-income markets are often not suitable for poorer communities that cannot afford them or lack the infrastructure to use them”. The GHIA will aim to push through these barriers to translate the best ideas from South Africa and around the world into widespread use, by shifting the nexus of global health innovation to the people who know Africa’s needs best: Africans themselves. For example, the SAMRC notes, more than one quarter of both pre-school children and women in South Africa, as well as 21 percent of pregnant women, suffer from anaemia, or iron deficiency, which is particularly dangerous during pregnancy, placing both mother and baby at risk of life-threatening complications. When health care workers screen expectant mothers, they can provide life-saving monitoring and treatment. But standard methods require a blood test, which can be a deterrent, or simply isn’t possible, in many places. To address this problem, the GHIA is partnering with a South African company and a US-based multinational to develop a new product that will make it easier and more affordable to diagnose anaemia. The device, which will be made in South Africa, measures haemoglobin levels in less than a minute using a clip that attaches to a fingertip. The screening is reliable, painless – and doesn’t require a blood test. The GHIA will assist with development expertise, funding and global networking to get the device into the hands of health care workers – giving millions more mothers and babies the chance of a healthy pregnancy and birth. “South Africa has reached a historic confluence of talent, resources and political will,” the SAMRC said. “Over the next decade, we are going to see an explosion of growth as South Africa’s top research and engineering resources, universities, companies and entrepreneurs create a new landscape of health technologies.” In 2013, funding and support from the Departments of Health and Science and Technology led to the establishment of the Strategic Health Innovation Partnerships (Ship) unit of the SAMRC in Cape Town. The GHIA will be based at Ship, and will serve as the conduit for taking the health technologies researched by Ship and those sourced and progressed by Path to scale. “We are on the cusp of a change that many South Africans have been working for years to achieve,” Gray said. “This is a tremendous opportunity for private sector partners, entrepreneurs, investors and researchers to contribute their ideas and talent to tackling global health challenges. “Together, we can deliver transformative health tools to communities, build South Africa’s future, and give millions of women, children and families the chance to thrive.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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John Deere adds Mobile Data Transfer and MyJobs App to Operations Center

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest John Deere is adding more tools to its Operations Center within MyJohnDeere and making it easy to wirelessly transfer data from older John Deere equipment and non-John Deere displays to the Operations Center with Mobile Data Transfer.Mobile Data Transfer enables customers to wirelessly transfer agronomic data to and from non-John Deere displays and from John Deere’s GreenStar 3 2630 display (in older John Deere equipment that is not JDLink compatible) to the Operations Center. It enables producers to consolidate data from multiple branded displays into one centralized location for their use or to be shared with trusted advisors.“Mobile Data Transfer is the simple solution for customers who run older or mixed-fleet equipment and want immediate access of information stored in their displays. It eliminates the manual transfer of data,” explains Jeff Nolting, John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group (ISG). “It’s a USB to WiFi device that plugs into the display and transfers data using your smartphone via the Mobile Data Transfer app. Your phone sends the data to the Operations Center to give farm managers and trusted advisors immediate access.”There are multiple ways to get data into the Operations Center where it can be put to use. Mobile Data Transfer works with a variety of in-cab displays and mobile devices to facilitate the transfer of information. If you are running older John Deere equipment and have not yet moved to a JDLink™ Connect enabled machine, Mobile Data Transfer is a great way to get started.Operations Center:  MyJobs App The Operations Center is where you’ll access the tools to start your planning with the MyJobs app. These tools allow a manager to define a job that needs to be done, and it includes all of the specifics of that job. “Add Jobs” automatically syncs up with the “MyJobs” app on mobile devices of operators and other employees.  They receive a detailed jobs order in real time versus spending hours on the telephone or managing “to do” lists that can be lost or misplaced.The Operations Center and the MyJobs app keep everything in order by keeping track of the year-to-year changes that can bring about higher efficiency and yields.To learn more about Mobile Data Transfer, the latest additions to the Operations Center and other developments in machine intelligence and data management, see your John Deere dealer or visit www.JohnDeere.com/Ag.last_img read more

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Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra dam

first_imgAn alert has been sounded in several districts of Punjab following the release of excess water from Bhakra dam through the spill gates after heavy rain in its catchment area on Saturday. The Bhakra Beas Management Board authorities discharged 17,000 cusecs of excess water of the total release of 53,000 cusecs through the spill gates, an official said. The remaining 36,000 cusecs was released after its use for power generation, he added. The official said that the situation was being monitored closely. Bhakra dam on Saturday recorded a water level of 1,674.75 feet, around 60 feet more than the corresponding period last year. The maximum filling capacity of the reservoir is 1,680 feet. The water inflow in Bhakra dam has been recorded at 59,000 cusecs, the official said.Partnering States Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan are the partnering States which meet their requirement for different purposes, including irrigation, from Bhakra and Pong dams. Both these dams were to be filled up to the level of 1,680 feet and 1,390 feet respectively by September. On Saturday, rain lashed several places in Punjab, including Ludhiana, Amritsar, Mohali, Chandigarh. An alert has already been sounded in several districts, including Rupnagar, Ludhiana, Ferozepur and downstream areas in the wake of release of excess water from Bhakra dam, the official said. People living near the Sutlej river and low-lying areas have been advised to be vigilant and take precautions to safeguard themselves. There are reports of crops getting submerged in water in some villages adjoining the Sutlej river in Anandpur Sahib of Rupnagar district due to the release of excess water and rainfall. “An advisory has already been issued to the people living near the Sutlej river. The district authority is fully geared up to deal with any situation,” Rupnagar Deputy Commissioner Sumeet Jarangal said.Heavy rain forecast The Punjab government had on Friday also issued an alert in the State after a forecast of heavy rain in the next 48 to 72 hours. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had directed the Deputy Commissioners across the State to stay vigilant in view of the met department’s prediction and ensure the safety and security of the people.last_img read more

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