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Massimo Porzi at the FELCOS office Massimo Porzi at the FELCOS office

Last evening I visited the FELCOS office in Foligno. Felcos consortium is an association based in Umbria of localĀ  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

last evening in Cesenatico (Forli Cesena) under the patronage of the Red Cross local office and the health care authorities of Cameroun and Italy took place the second meeting on Health cooperation between Italy and Cameroun. The coordinated work of African doctors in Italy and local providers may represent the key point of any friutfull collaboration see also on Dr Nzepa projects.

 

An MRI equipment is expensive. 1.5 tesla scanners often cost between US$1 million and US$1.5 million. 3.0 tesla scanners often cost between US$2 million and US$2.3 million. Construction of MRI suites can cost up to US$500,000, or more, depending on project scope. In France, the cost of an MRI exam is approximately 150 Euros. This covers three basic scans including one with an intravenous contrast agent, as well as a consultation with the technician and a written report to the patient’s physician.

MRI provides good imagesbetween the different tissuesof the body, which makes it especially useful in imaging the brain, heart, and tumorscompared with other techniques.

According to the WHO and the Atlas of MS database initiative 6 % of African countries provide MRI machines for their national health care Systems while in eastern Europe the figure is 75% , 95% in western EU, South America 46% and 38% in Central America.

The distribution of MRI machines seems not appropriate with more than 1 MRI per 100,000 inhabitants in US or Italy and less than 0,1 MRI machine per 100, 000 in China or Argentina. LAst update of the database 2009.

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