Challenge for the 21st Century is a program about Spirituality and Healthcare produced by the Network of Religious Communities with WKBW TV 7 in Buffalo, NY..
Guests: Parisima Sobhani Kazemi, M.D., Consultant in wellness and prevention of chronic diseases and Tahereh Kazemi. Medical Student, University at Pittsburgh. Topics: Providing medical services in UN Refugees Camps in Africa, building community through education in Ecuador, the Spirituality and Medicine program of the University at Buffalo Medical School and the teaching of the Baha'i faith about spirituality and healthcare.
Host Dr. Stan Bratton, Executive Director/CEO, Network of Religious Communities and Rev. James Lewish III, Director of Spiritual Care, Erie County Medical Center.
On 2 August 2013, SACSIS and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation co-hosted a panel discussion on the theme, "Making the National Health Insurance Scheme Work for All South Africans - Can It Be Achieved?"
Our government’s National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme presents an important opportunity to develop a better healthcare system that works for all South Africans. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to close the gap between public and private healthcare and develop a unified world-class healthcare system that all South Africans could have confidence in -- but how do we achieve this goal?
The questions we put to our panelists were: How does our government intend to develop a unified healthcare system that all South Africans feel is safe and affordable to use? What are the responsibilities of the state, the medical fraternity and the public in general towards developing such a system? Most importantly, how can we use the NHI as an opportunity to build greater social cohesion, in South Africa, around the delivery of an important social good that all South Africans can share in equally?
Problem: Every year in South Asia and Africa, more than 5.7 million jaundiced newborns go without treatment, risking permanent disability and death.
Solution: Firefly’s high-powered double-sided lighting, compact size, and high-tech aesthetic make it the most effective phototherapy affordable for low-resource settings.
Impact: Firefly is the first device designed to treat newborn jaundice in the mother’s room in rural clinics: the best context to reduce staff workload, support breastfeeding, and transform national healthcare systems.
Dassault Systemes SolidWorks and Small Army sent a film crew to rural Moc Chau District Hospital in the mountains of northern Vietnam to film Firefly newborn phototherapy in-use. The footage you see is primarily from the village of Moc Chau and it's hospital, with some additional clips from St Paul General Hospital in Hanoi. Moc Chau is a bumpy and steep 5-7-hour moped ride from the nearest national hospitals in Hanoi (search "Moc Chau, Vietnam" on google maps). You will see some individuals in traditional dress; Moc Chau is near the border with Laos where multiple ethnic minorities coexist, including the Hmong people.