International Year of Water Cooperation

Since water is a precious resource for the entire planet, the UN has chosen this year to highlight and emphasize how important it is for the whole world to be involved in finding a solution to the current water crisis. Every aspect of advancement is closely related to the availability of water, both in developing and developed countries. The UN recognizes that water conservation affects all facets of life and society, affecting economy, culture, education, religion, law, the environment, etc.

Read more: http://www.unwater.org/water-cooperation-2013/water-cooperation/en/

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Labomobil© Inauguration Ceremony

Labomobil Labomobil ceremony Our Labomobil© was officially welcomed to Guinea on December 11, 2012. The ceremony took place at the People’s Palace in Conakry. Prominently in attendance were the Minister of Health, the General Secretary from the Ministry of Social Services for Women and Children, a representative from the First Lady’s office, the Governor of Conakry, representatives from the civil society, the Directors of the hospitals of Kipe, Donka and Ignas Deen and the Director of the National Reference Laboratory. The team of doctors involved in the hydrocephalus project as well as AMEHG, including many mothers with their children, were also present. The Minister of Health addressed the attendants and thanked AFG for all our work to help improve the health of the population. We cannot wait to get the Labomobil© out into rural areas to gather the information we’ll need to better take care of our Guinean friends!

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Dr. Souare Diving Right In

Dr Souare and Endoscope Dr. Souare With the endoscopic equipment in Guinea, Dr. Souare has wasted no time in using the new tools at his disposal to treat children suffering from hydrocephalus. He has already successfully performed ETV/PC procedures on four babies: Boubcar, Abdoulayeh, Bintou and Mamadou.

They are doing great and recovering rapidly. We could not be more excited about this new technology, which will allow us to treat more children in an efficient and effective manner.

As the Minister of Health expressed it during the inauguration ceremony for the equipment: “Mothers whose children are suffering from hydrocephalus, there is hope now for your children. Thanks to AFG for offering us this state of the art equipment to improve the treatment of Hydrocephalus in Guinea.”

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Ms. Jeannine B. Scott Joins AFG’s Board of Directors

Jeannine B. Scott

We are very excited to announce that Ms. Jeannine Scott has joined the AFG Board of Directors.

Ms. Scott is the President of the U.S. – Angola Chamber of Commerce, Founder & Principal of America to Africa Consulting (A2A), LLC. She brings nearly 30 years of experience in the field of international development, spanning the private, non-profit, multi-lateral agency and US government sectors, both domestically and globally. A seasoned professional in the field of humanitarian and economic development work, Ms. Scott has been called to serve on a number of advisory boards and high-level working groups and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  She holds an A.B. from Vassar College in Political Science and Africana Studies, and a Master’s in International Relations from Yale University.

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AFG provides Guinea’s First Endoscopy Equipment for Use in Kipe Hospital

Endoscopic equipment to save the lives of children suffering from hydrocephalus arrives in Conakry.

Conakry, Guinea (PRBuzz.com) Monday, January 28, 2013 – Kipe Hospital welcomed the arrival of the first endoscopy equipment to be available in a public hospital in Guinea on December 11, 2012. AFG obtained this essential surgical tool from CURE Uganda, a pioneer in neurological surgeries in Africa, to be used for its “Hydrocephalus: No Longer a Death Sentence” project. Hydrocephalus, a condition in which the primary characteristic is excessive accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain, and which affects about 1 of every 500 children worldwide, has been a virtual death sentence for Guinean children until 2010, when the Association of Mothers of Children with Hydrocephalus in Guinea (AMEHG) teamed up with AFG to put a stop to the situation. The initiative, a comprehensive effort to reduce pediatric morbidity, mortality, and stigmatization due to hydrocephalus in Guinea, includes an important surgical component since surgery is the only treatment for the condition. Until recently, the only treatment method available to Guinean doctors was a shunt placement procedure in which catheters are implanted to drain the excess fluid from the brain. Earlier this year, Dr. Ibrahim Souare, a Guinean neurosurgeon that has been involved with the project since its inception, attended two intensive training sessions in CURE Children’s Hospital of Uganda, where he learned to perform a procedure called endoscopic third ventriculostomy and choroid plexus cauterization (ETV/PC), which eliminates the need for expensive shunts and significantly reduces the possibility that a child may need subsequent surgeries to treat the condition. He also prepared to teach the procedure to colleagues in Conakry upon his return. The arrival of the endoscopy equipment marks the beginning of a new era in the treatment of hydrocephalus in West Africa. “I am ready and excited to have received this knowledge and be able to help, not only the victims of hydrocephalus, but also share it with my colleagues” said Dr. Souare.

 

About American Friends of Guinea (AFG)

AFG is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created to help the citizens of the Republic of Guinea, located in West Africa, improve their quality of life, with a focus on providing real solutions to the country’s medical and economic needs. The mission of AFG is to promote the wellbeing of the people of Guinea by supporting and implementing sustainable health, social and economic development programs.

 

More information about AFG can be found at www.afguinea.org | Facebook: www.facebook.com/afguinea | Twitter: @AFGuinea

 

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Contact:

Bel Cevallos, Director of Development

Tel: 832.456.8104   Fax: 832.300.2516

bcevallos@afguinea.org

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AFG Brings Mobile Laboratory to Neglected Regions of Coastal Guinea

LaboMobil© comes to Guinea to improve rapid disease diagnosis and data collection in hard-to-reach areas.

Conakry, Guinea (PRBuzz.com) Monday, January 28, 2013 – An inauguration ceremony took place on December 11, 2012 at the People’s Palace to welcome AFG’s Labomobil© to Guinea. The Labomobil©, developed and built by Agence de Medecine Preventive (AMP), is a fully functional mobile laboratory mounted on a 4×4 Toyota Hilux, equipped to perform quality microbiological analyses and especially manufactured to face the hardships of tropical climate and African suburban roads. This allows the vehicle to access the most remote places in rural Guinea. Lack of epidemiological data is a prevailing concern in most of West Africa; without accurate information about diseases and strains, effective and timely treatment is virtually impossible. This project has been developed by AFG, with the assistance and guidance of AMP, to improve rapid diagnosis of epidemics and enhance laboratory surveillance and health monitoring in neglected areas of Coastal Guinea. The Labomobil©, the first of its kind in Guinea, will allow trained technicians to visit remote areas to properly diagnose contagious, deadly diseases, and gather data. It will also provide support for outlying laboratories, assisting with personnel training, equipment maintenance, facility modernization and information distribution. AFG has put together a multi-disciplinary team to oversee the project; members of the team include representatives from the National Institute of Public Health, the National Reference Laboratory and the National Pharmacy and Laboratory Directors, as well as AFG and AMP staff members. The Minister of Health, Dr.  Lama, spoke on behalf of the Guinea’s President, Alpha Conde, thanking AFG for its contribution to the health of the people of Guinea, saying “I’m honored to receive this precious tool on behalf of the Government and the population of Guinea, because we can’t speak of a good treatment of diseases without a good diagnosis”

 

About American Friends of Guinea (AFG)

AFG is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created to help the citizens of the Republic of Guinea, located in West Africa, improve their quality of life, with a focus on providing real solutions to the country’s medical and economic needs. The mission of AFG is to promote the wellbeing of the people of Guinea by supporting and implementing sustainable health, social and economic development programs.

 

More information about AFG can be found at www.afguinea.org | Facebook: www.facebook.com/afguinea | Twitter: @AFGuinea

 

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Contact:

Bel Cevallos, Director of Development

Tel: 832.456.8104   Fax: 832.300.2516

bcevallos@afguinea.org

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Labomobil© is in Guinea!

P1120162_267x200 We are thrilled about the arrival of the Labomobil© in Guinea. It recently reached us from Germany, where the vehicle was outfitted with state-of-the-art laboratory equipment. Preparations for its deployment are underway. We have put together a group of experts who will be planning and overseeing the laboratory’s operations, including our own project manager, Dr. Barry, as well as members of the National Institute of Public Health (INSP), the Ministry of Health (MOH), the National Pharmacy and Laboratory Directors (DNPL) and staff members from our partners, Agence de Medicine Preventive (AMP). The generosity of CGG Veritas, will allow us to properly train staff to run the Labomobil©, as well as peripheral lab personnel.

 

In anticipation of the Labomobil©’s arrival, our team conducted a thorough assessment of the 87 existing hospitals and health centers in Coastal Guinea and the results were startling. Less than a third of these facilities meet the MOH minimum operating standards. None have reliable electricity or running water, which are essential for a working laboratory. Clearly, there is a lot of work to be done and we can’t wait to get started. CGG Veritas, a leading international pure-play geophysical company, has generously awarded AFG a grant to train the necessary personnel to run the laboratory and the peripheral facilities.

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Endoscopy Equipment Reaches Guinea

.We are excited to announce that the long awaited endoscopy equipment, which will be used by Dr. Souare and his staff to help children suffering from hydrocephalus, has arrived and is in its permanent home at Kipe Hospital. This great piece of equipment, the first of its kind in a public hospital in Guinea, will allow doctors to perform shuntless procedures to treat hydrocephalus, and is minimally invasive. Dr. Souare has already begun performing surgeries and training his colleagues. Thanks to our partners at CURE, we are now better able to take care of children suffering from hydrocephalus.

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Hydrocephalus Project Moves to Kipe Hospital

With the expansion of our hydrocephalus project, we started finding some difficulties with mounting hospital bills and transportation to and from AMEHG’s recovery home. Condeyah Hospital, a large regional hospital, was having trouble accommodating our expanding program. We are excited to announce that the Ministry of Health offered up their hospital at Kipe as a new home for our fight against hydrocephalus. This facility has allowed us to set up our own area to treat our patients and has worked with us to provide the best possible help to the children, at a minimum cost. We are also looking forward to helping out Kipe Hospital in any way we can so that the entire facility will benefit from hosting our project.

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Effect of Greenhouse Gases on West Africa

CGIAR is investigating the effect of greenhouse gases on agriculture and food security in West Africa. Climate changes affect the whole world and we need to figure out what it is doing to Africa’s ability to produce food. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

http://africanbrains.net/2012/11/15/climate-change-is-a-major-challenge-for-agriculture-and-food-security-in-west-africa/

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