Hello from WHO Global Forum
The 3rd WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices is right now taking place in Geneva, Switzerland. The purpose with the conference is to show commitment towards improved access to safe, effective and innovative quality medical devices as a contribution to universal health coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals. There are 700 participants from government, academia, civil society/ NGO, industry and the UN.
We had a talk with Anders Lygdman, Senior Advisor for International Aid who is on site representing Region Västra Götaland and Sahlgrenska I.C.
What are your first impressions?
– I feel that this is a good opportunity to raise awareness about the work that is being done on international aid and medical device donations in a forum where many of the important actors are present. Also very excited about the fact that our European Working Group for Medical Devices in Developing Countries is exhibiting together here at the conference for the first time.
There is a wide range of plenary sessions, panel discussions and workshops to choose from. What is your favorite so far?
– For me, the sessions on defining methods of increasing access to priority medical devices under Universal Health Coverage in compliance with the Sustainable Development Goals have been particularly interesting since it has a connection to our work with medical device donations. The demonstrations of development and use of innovative and affordable technologies has also given me some food for thought.
Speech at LifeMED in Italy
Since 2013 the organizations Cauto (Italy), Medicus Mundi (Italy), University of Brescia, Legambiente Lombardia och Ateliere Fara Frontiere (Roumania) have been cooperating in the EU-funded project LifeMED.
LifeMED deals with the management of discarded medical equipment and devices. The project primarily addresses the environmental problem of sustainable waste and natural management. It supports waste prevention programmes and measures to promote the application of the waste hierarchy.
Anders Lygdman, International Aid Coordinator at Sahlgrenska I.C., was invited to share our experiences within this field at an international workshop in Brescia, Italy, between 25-27 January. His speech emphasized that the establishment of a public system for collection and donation of medical equipment in Region Västra Götaland has increased the effectiveness in the gathering of functional medical equipment/material that otherwise would go to destruction. The improved coordination on a policy level has led to an increased number of donors and growing volumes designated for aid projects.
To all of our customers and partners around the globe.
3rd Round Table on Medical Equipment Donations
For the third time European organizations assembled in Paris for a round-table meeting in order to discuss subjects of mutual interest and exchange experiences.
On the agenda of the 2016 meeting was the completion of the networks pamphlet on the WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment)-directive and its implications for medical device donations. The proceedings also included sharing of best practices in the donation process as well as in depth discussions concerning capacity building of partners in recipient countries. A special session was dedicated to the result of a recent study on how to reinforce the biomedical profession in Africa.
The network has been up and running since 2013 and consists of 10-15 organizations. In order to learn more about how it can be formalized going forward Lori Warrens, executive manager of Medsurplus Alliance in USA, was invited to share their experiences from forming the Alliance. Medsurplus Alliance gather US-based organizations and have developed a mutual system of accreditation, a code of conduct and a toolkit for medical donations.
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In Tokyo to present specialist course offering
Over the years Sahlgrenska International Care has had a small but constant in-flux of Japanese dentists. Today there are a number of connections and partnerships between the Institute of Odontology and our former postgraduate dentists now working in Japan.
Our educational offer has however changed the last years and now also consists of shorter courses for groups of dentists as well as customized courses in Medicine at our Centres of Excellence. Linda Olsson, Education manager, and Paulina Sarbinowska, Marketing manager, went to Japan to investigate the interest for new collaborations in this area.
After a careful selection together with local expertise at Business Sweden’s Tokyo office, we met with three private university hospitals with different profiles.Juntendo University Hospital main site is located in Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo.
It has been in operation since 1838 but as it does at Sahlgrenska University Hospital the tradition and renewal go hand in hand. On a national level Juntendo stands out in one area in particular, Sports medicine.
At Showa University Hospital Dean Tadashi Hisamitsu welcomed us together with his colleagues from the Departments of Urology, Radiology and the International Exchange Center. Besides the Graduate school in Medicine there is one in Dentistry, Pharmacy as well as the latest addition – Nursing and Rehabilitation sciences. The emphasize on clinical practice and a team based working approach is similar to the one found in a Swedish healthcare environment.
During the last meeting we got a round tour of Keio University Hospital.
They are expanding and recently opened up a new building were different Centres of Excellence are gathered.
It is always inspiring to hear about the thought behind a new centre and even more so to see the end result. At the Centre for Preventive medicine the one stop shop model allows the patient to undergo all the checkups, not only in one place, but in a logical step by step order circlewise.
As the in-flow of patients from neighboring countries is increasing they are putting a lot of effort to create new routines for the coordination of this group of customers.
We thank all of you who took the time to meeting with us and look forward to continue the discussions about possible collaborations going forward.
Spreading Swedish dental know how in Japan
Let us introduce Motoi Ishikawa, Specialist in Orthodontics, and Hiroshi Miyashita, Specialists in Periodontology and Endodontics, working in Tokyo, Japan. They completed their postgraduate training at the Institute of Odontology at the University of Gothenburg which is ranked among the top three dental universities in the world.
Sahlgrenska I.C:s Education manager Linda Olsson and Marketing manager Paulina Sarbinowska are currently in Japan meeting with dental clinics and university hospitals around the Tokyo area. The purpose is to investigate the interest for the specialist training services that we export.
Motoi and Hiroshi, thank you for being great ambassadors for the Institute of Odontology, the Public Dental Service in Region Västra Götaland and Sahlgrenska I.C.
Sahlgrenska Science Park finalist in RegioStars Awards
RegioStars Awards is an annual event which aims to put light on successful projects within regional development, and is arranged by the European Commission’s directorate general for regional and urban policy. This year, one of the themes is smart growth. It is under this category that the BRIDGE programme at Sahlgrenska Science Park, supported by the European Regional Development Fund, has been acknowledged.
The idea of the project is to provide business support for Swedish companies that are involved in the medtech industry, and this in order to strengthen their role on the international market. This is done by roadmapping and establishment of partnerships, which has resulted in 27 medtech ideas that have been test pilots within the programme. In the jury’s motivation, they state that the successful programme has strengthened Sahlgrenska Science Park’s position as an important partner for regional development and smart growth and as an attractive business partner for medtech startups with growth potential.
The project will now, along with other finalists, be judged on certain criteria. These involve the innovative character of the project, expected financial sustainability and possibility to spread the project as a good practice to other regions.
Congratulations to our neighbour on the Medical Hill in Gothenburg. We are looking forward to the announcement of the winners on October 11. The award ceremony acts as a part of the annual European Week of Regions and Cities.
Almedalen wrap up: Healthy benchmarking
Earlier this year Sahlgrenska I.C., our fellow Care companies in Sweden and Swecare published a report on how to create better conditions for the export of Swedish healthcare services. As we continue the dialogue with the Department for Promotion of Sweden, Trade and CSR and the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, we were once again on site in Almedalen advocating the importance of this issue.
As usual the programme was extensive and healthcare the number one subject when it comes to the amount of seminars and events. The themes in focus vary from year to year, but as last year healthcare’s digital future was among the ones on top of the agenda.
But to us as a company with international customers, one seminar particularly caught our eye. Docrates Cancer Centre in Helsinki, Finland, shared their experiences on how to offer cancer patients care under one roof throughout the duration of the treatment and follow-up. This attracts many patients from other countries, every fourth patient and from 50 different countries to be more exact.
Simplifying the often complicated treatment chains allows patients to focus on becoming healthier, not having to waste time on trying to find the right way through the system. This patient-centered approach is something we know that Sahlgrenska University Hospital is working hard on to implement within certain areas, breast cancer treatment is just one of several examples. In this way we are able to offer patients a better customer experience, which the public healthcare system must continue to work on improving as the patient becomes more informed and the regulations create an easy path to cross border care.
To summarize, one should not underestimate the power of healthy benchmarking. All healthcare organizations are different while at the same time sharing a common ground. Once in a while it is important to look up from your own reality and gaze on others. It is not about finding a copy paste solution, but to question the ways things are done in your own backyard.
Major Medical Equipment Donation to Bosnia-Hercegovina
Sahlgrenska International Care (Sahlgrenska I.C.), in cooperation with the Swedish-Bosnian umbrella organization Integrium and the Bosnian Federation of the Red Cross, has just completed a major medical equipment donation in Bosnia-Hercegovina.