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Back again in Africa Sergio Sepioni, surgeon volunteer Cri, who has participated in several experiences abroad and is now ready to return to Burkina Faso participating in the initiative of “The Commitment non-profit organization” chaired by the doctor from Gubbio Luigi Panata for years engaged in humanitarian missions.

“The area of West Africa, now is not the most appropriate for a humanitarian mission, Ebola is present in Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria that are right next to Burkina, currently still spared from infection” – tells Sergio Sepioni, explaining how the departure was postponed from before Christmas next Sunday 18 January. “The program includes at least one hundred interventions of ophthalmology that – says the same Sepioni – will be performed by Dr Sbordone. head of the hospital of Citta ‘di Castello-Gubbio-Gualdo and Sandro Sbordone doctor of the University of Naples, along with two optical technichians Salciarini Gabriele and Simone Cecchini, capable staff, with Luigi Panata medical director, skilled after years of Africa programs on isolation of infections. “Last year it was created a optometric clinic to measure and view a complete laboratory for fitting of eyeglasses.

For Sergio Sepioni already surgeon at Calai, look at measures of “old and new surgery”, but above all an experience as a nIMG_2518utritionist for the development of diets for malnourished children from 6 months to 2 years. This is also based on the experience already had in Burkina Faso. The scenario that awaits doctors Commitment is not easy. “The inhabitants of Burkina live in absolute poverty, with an income of $ 530 per capita per year, amounting to little more than a dollar a day – continues the same Sepioni that also speaks of another initiative. In fact, in a poor water, this year Commitment inaugurate a well to 3,000 people, Tantaogo, the result of sensitivity and good heart of Gubbio and Gualdo. Donate a well is then giving life. “

More than 2,000 illegal migrants sailing from North Africa have been saved off the southern coast of Sicily over the past two days, the Italian navy said on Wednesday.

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According to the navy, a total of 2,128 migrants were rescued before disembarking on the island; 600 were picked up at sea on Monday while on their way to the port of Augusta.

On Tuesday about 500 African migrants stormed their way past the triple-layered border fences of the Spanish African enclave of Melilla, in what Spanish authorities called one of the largest such crossings in years.

Spain has two enclaves in Morocco: Melilla and Ceuta, which are both located on the northern tip of Morocco. Thousands of migrants from all over Africa camp on the Moroccan side of the enclaves’ border every year waiting for an opportunity to scale the fence and enter European territory.

Regarded by many would-be migrants as Europe’s back-door, Italy and Spain have been struggling with illegal immigration for decades.

But according to the latest data released from the European Union’s border agency, Frontex, more than 20,000 migrants entered Europe illegally through Italy’s Lampedusa and Sicily in the third quarter of 2013 alone.

Due to the current political instability in North Africa and the Middle East, the number of illegal migrants has sky-rocketed in recent years.

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One century after the foundation (1913) the Lambarene hospital reminds the heritage of the Nobel prize.

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The Association “Alleanza degli Ospedali Italiani nel Mondo ” was established on 2 February 2004, as a non-profit-making association, in order to support the IPOCM project, its different activities and initiatives.
The Association is constituted by the Italian Minister of Health, the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Italian Minister of Education, University and Research, the Italian Minister of the Italians in the World and the Italian Minister of Innovation and Technologies.
44 Italian Hospitals abroad (CSIM) and 31 Reference Hospitals in Italy (CSNR) are the Association’s Ordinary Fellows, together with other public and private bodies and regional administrations by endorsing the Association’s aims.
Other private institutions, companies, foundations, voluntary and non-governmental organizations may take part in the Association as funding Fellows.
The principal bodies of the Association are the President, the Steering Committee, the Geographic Area Committees and the Secretariat General.
Cooperation and social promotion are Alleanza’s main priorities. In this context, and in order to achieve project objectives, it has the mandate to gather, from health agencies and hospitals, medical or technical equipment obsolete by law for the advantage of Italian Hospitals in the World (CSIM).

HOW TO APPLY FOR PARTNERSHIP

All Italian Hospitals abroad which are interested in joining the “Alleanza degli Ospedali Italiani nel Mondo” as Ordinary Fellows must formally apply for partnership by filling in the relevant application form, the administrative form and the three attached questionnaires (being integral part of the application). The application form is available in Italian and English and care should be taken to complete all fields in exhaustive and clear way. In order to benefit from the Alleanza’s telematic services  (teleconsultation and e-learning) it is required that each hospital make available its own viable hardware, according to a reference feasibility study ” .

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The Secretariat General will provide the relevant hardware and the sufficient Internet connectivity only to the Italian hospitals abroad. To both hospitals in Italy and abroad the Secretariat General will make available the necessary implementation methodologies as well as the specialised software. Further information on how to apply, the ICT adaptation as well as the association itself can be obtained from the Secretariat General at the (0039) 0659942184 – 59942348 or the e-mail: info.ipocm@sanita.it

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The burden of stroke is increasing in developing countries that struggle to manage it efficiently. A gorup od Portuguese doctors  identified determinants of early case-fatality among stroke patients in Maputo, Mozambique, to assess the impact of in-hospital complications. Paper published on Int J of Stroke official journal of the WSO. On the same issue a paper on low cost lysis perspective with streptokinase.

 

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Last evening I visited the FELCOS office in Foligno. Felcos consortium is an association based in Umbria of local  municipal authorities and privates promoting social development and growth throughout international cooperation (albania, Palestine, Morocco, Sri Lanka, Cuba). Mr Massimo Porzi kindly gave me the chance to show him Developing Medicine acitivities. We agreed on selecting scientific contributions from felcos recent activites to be submitted to our editorial office. FELCOS office may support fund raising applications for migration related topics in Umbria. Those interested can contact me or directly massimo at Felcos.

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In 2050 nearly 1.5 billions people aged over 60 will live in less developed countries. According to UN data and WHO facts sheet 2010 Niger will have the fewest people over 60 (5%).

In the picture the dark areas represent regions in 2050 where the percentage of 60+residents rises over 25% of total population.

Longer life fewer babies will push on a demographic shift, by 2050 one in 5 people will be aged 60+ they will outnumber people under 14y

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