Hong Kong – SFH attends 75th World Health Assembly via video conferencing (with photo)

SFH attends 75th World Health Assembly via video conferencing (with photo)

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     The Secretary for Food and Health, Professor Sophia Chan, attended the 75th World Health Assembly (WHA75) of the World Health Organization (WHO) via video conferencing today (May 22) as a member of the Chinese delegation.

 

     The WHA75 is held in Geneva, Switzerland, from May 22 to 28 under the theme “Health for peace, peace for health”. Apart from the COVID-19 pandemic, the WHA75 will also cover other public health issues including mental health, non-communicable diseases and other communicable diseases.

     

     “While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be rampant across the globe, the fifth wave of the epidemic in Hong Kong has been clearly curbed recently and the livelihood of the public has resumed as normal in general. Nevertheless, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government will not let down its guard and will continue to uphold the anti-epidemic strategy of ‘three reductions, three focuses and one priority’, which means focusing on reducing deaths, severe cases and infections, highlighting key groups of people, organisations and premises, and according priority to the elderly. The HKSAR Government will also adhere to the principles of ‘preventing the importation of cases and the resurgence of domestic infections’ and formulate scientific and precise anti-epidemic measures in pursuit of ‘dynamic zero infection’. In the meetings in the coming few days, we will pay close attention to the discussions among experts from the member states, in order to obtain more valuable information and experience relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as other public health issues, for better protection of the health of Hong Kong people,” Professor Chan said.

     

     Professor Chan also reaffirmed the HKSAR Government’s continuous commitment in maintaining close collaboration with the WHO and the health authorities of its member states on various fronts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and other public health challenges together.

 

     The Permanent Secretary for Food and Health (Health), Mr Thomas Chan; the Director of Health, Dr Ronald Lam; and the Controller of the Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health, Dr Edwin Tsui, are also members of the Chinese delegation.

nybl Joins World AI Show & Awards as The Official Artificial Intelligence Partner

Held under the patronage of the Private Office of HH Sheikh Saeed Bin Ahmed Al Maktoum, a member of the royal family of Dubai, World AI Show & Awards, is set to take place on 25-26 May 2022 at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers in Dubai. Noor Alnahhas, Chief of Dreaming Stuff Up, nybl will shed light on the role of “Humanity in AI”.
nybl deals with humans like humans and leaves the machine stuff to the robots. The culture at nybl and choices in partnerships are all dictated by a fundamental belief that humanity comes before all else. During his keynote, Noor Alnahhas will outline the secret behind nybl’s success and specifically the secret sauce to conquering AI, and the role of humanity in this approach.

From pandemic breakthroughs to recent humanitarian journeys, nybl will take attendees on a trip that is nothing short of inspirational. “To leave Emirates Towers as a start-up in Cohort 4 with Dubai Future Accelerators and return as a leading sponsor and “Official AI Partner” at the World AI Show in less than 2 years is proof that nybl is doing a lot of things right!” Noor further adds, “nybl is everywhere at the World AI Show; we’ve planted a workshop space, booth and attendees can also catch us at a panel discussion, where we will be delving into the future of investing in AI.”

Noor, a serial entrepreneur boasts over 15 years of experience in developing and scaling new technology. Currently, Noor serves as a member of the AI Ethics Advisory Board for the Government of Dubai and as a Strategy and Growth Advisor to several global start-ups in the Artificial Intelligence, Shared Economy, and Tech industries. He holds a Bachelor’s in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from the University of Houston, and has earned numerous leadership training from INSEAD & Wharton.

Mithun Shetty, CEO of Trescon reflects on the excitement leading up to the event. “We are extremely honored to feature nybl as the Official Artificial Intelligence Partner for the event. Their innovative solutions have replaced training data with turnkey intelligence based on subject-matter expertise and proven data behavior models.”

About nybl

nybl is a deep tech development company that delivers an end-to-end AI platform and provides solutions through actionable intelligence to customers’ most critical and difficult challenges. nybl’s AI platform can be applied in any industry and allows partners and clients to obtain real-time, effective analyses on crucial equipment and processes to predict and safeguard against any potential disruptions.

To learn more about what we do, click here: https://nybl.ai

About World AI Show:

World AI Show is a thought-leadership-driven, business-focused, global series of events that takes place in strategic locations across the world.

The show is a one-of-a-kind gathering of pre-qualified CIOs, CEOs, CTOs, Heads of AI, Chief Digital Officers, Heads of Innovation and International AI experts.

Witness powerful keynotes, workshops, use-case presentations, product exhibitions, panel discussions and tech talks to find solutions for issues and trends within the AI and RPA space.

About Trescon:

Trescon is a global business events and consulting firm that provide a wide range of business services to a diversified client base that includes corporations, governments and individuals. Trescon is specialized in producing highly focused B2B events that connect businesses with opportunities through conferences, roadshows, expos, demand generation, investor connect and consulting services.

For further details about the announcement, please contact:
Nupur Aswani,
Head of Media, PR & Corporate Communications
Trescon
media@tresconglobal.co






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GfK Joins World AI Show & Awards as a Gold Sponsor

World AI Show & Awards, is taking place on 25 – 26 May 2022 at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers in Dubai. Daniel Shearly, VP of Products at GfK is delivering a Tech Talk on ‘Transforming businesses with Artificial Intelligence’ highlighting how the changing space of AI has contributed to disruptions in businesses and how companies must derive value from predictive analytics.
Speaking of the partnership, Nacho San Martin, Managing Director – ME, GfK said, “We are excited to partner with World AI Show which aims to explore the prospects of innovations in the global AI landscape. GfK is a SaaS-powered data analytics and decision support company offering consulting services globally for the consumer products industry. The company has been leading Data and Science innovation since 1934 and at World AI Show we aim to engage with the industry leaders on transforming businesses with AI.”

“Every day, brand, marketing and business leaders face data overload, market noise, disruption, misuse, and acceleration. Hence, it is vital in this day and age for companies to be data-driven if they want to grow revenue and profits. At GfK, we help companies to extract the right signals from the noise for confident decision-making,” Daniel Shearly, VP of Products at GfK further added.

According to Mithun Shetty, CEO of Trescon, “We are excited to have GfK engage with the regional tech leaders at World AI Show. GfK is revolutionizing real-time access to critical knowledge. We are enthusiastic to learn more about how their solutions can drive the future of data and analytics at World AI Show.” He further added, “The show will feature keynotes, panel discussions, tech talks, and more from major technology stakeholders from critical industries such as government think tanks, healthcare, banking, and finance, to name a few.”

GfK. Growth from Knowledge.

For over 85 years, we have earned the trust of our clients around the world by supporting them in business-critical decision-making processes around consumers, markets, brands, and media. Our reliable data and insights, together with advanced AI capabilities, have revolutionized access to real-time, actionable recommendations that drive the marketing, sales, and organizational effectiveness of our clients and partners. That’s how we promise and deliver Growth from Knowledge.

About World AI Show

World AI Show is a thought-leadership-driven, business-focused, global series of events that takes place in strategic locations across the world. The show is a one-of-a-kind gathering of pre-qualified CIOs, CEOs, CTOs, Heads of AI, Chief Digital Officers, Heads of Innovation, and International AI experts. Witness powerful keynotes, workshops, use-case presentations, product exhibitions, panel discussions, and tech talks to find solutions for issues and trends within the AI and RPA space.

About Trescon

Trescon is a global business events and consulting firm that provide a wide range of business services to a diversified client base that includes corporations, governments and individuals. Trescon is specialized in producing highly focused B2B events that connect businesses with opportunities through conferences, roadshows, expos, demand generation, investor connect and consulting services.

For further details about the announcement, please contact:

Karthik A.
Assistant Marketing Manager, Trescon
media@tresconglobal.com

Sameer Joshi
Account Lead for GfK, Whitelabel Media
sameer@whitelabelmedia.me






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World Malaria Day 2022, Vestergaard CEO: Advance Equity. Build Resilience. End Malaria.

World Malaria Day provides us with a moment to reflect on the scale of the challenge we still face – and recognise what needs to happen to fix it.
Make no mistake, great strides have been made. El Salvador and China were certified malaria free in 2021. However, most countries with a high burden of the disease have suffered setback and are losing ground.

How can we be satisfied, when 627,000 people died in 2021, from what is a curable disease? More than two thirds of those deaths were among children under the age of 5 living in the African Region.

This human tragedy, devastating millions of families, is impossible to comprehend. But the socio-economic impact however is calculable, and it is immense.

The global response to the COVID crisis proved that when the global economy is threatened, we can summon the power to overcome a disease which emerged almost overnight. So, why can’t we solve, rather than manage, a curable disease that we have lived with for far too long?

Simply, it requires us to strain every sinew in our collective global health-body, to move in the same direction, at scale.

So, what is stopping us?

We have tackled the low hanging fruit. The strategy and tactics we employed to get us this far will not serve to meet the WHO goal to reduce, by 90%, the global malaria incidence and mortality rates by 2030.

The WHO has clearly stated that it will require new approaches and greatly intensified efforts, aided by new tools and the better implementation of existing ones. Stepped-up investment is also essential.

So how is that going to happen?

The WHO, working with its partners, has done a fantastic job, figuring out how to marshal billions of dollars in unified ways, to a deliver an agreed strategy. It has developed one regulatory framework across a multitude of countries and eliminated masses of bureaucracy. Even though incident rates may not have reduced, death rates have reduced a lot. That means patients are being diagnosed quicker, treated quicker and treated successfully.

It doesn’t change the reality, though. The disease remains resilient and concentrated in a specific group of countries. We face many headwinds – climate change, vector resistance to the early class of insecticides, to name two. We need innovation to get ahead of these trends.

And despite the introduction of new interventions such as vaccines and seasonal malaria chemoprevention, mosquito nets will remain a core intervention to save lives until elimination.

Three hundred million people sleep under Vestergaard bed nets every night. What motivates us, is we can see direct relationship between our product and saving lives.

The bed net, probably, is the most cost-effective public health device that ever existed.

When a community is equipped with effective insecticidal bed nets, it not only protects the individual family, but it also acts to decimate the vector population in that community.

The goal of achieving universal coverage, however, has limits, because of the need to adapt the mix of tools deployed for maximum impact in diverse settings. It is a funding challenge – how do we achieve universal coverage while introducing more effective and therefore costly mosquito nets, while at the same time expanding the number of nets to keep pace with population growth?

It is also a logistical challenge: are mass campaign distributions, every 2-3 years, the best method to ensure equitable access for the populations that need it most?

We now need all actors to work together to establish something that has so far eluded us – strategic supply collaboration; a partnership approach to planning, procurement and distribution of mosquito nets.

There is a good reason why every industry, from automotive, to pharma, has moved in this direction. It drives long term investment, accelerates innovation, delivers efficiency – and indeed, can deliver lower unit costs.

A singular focus on price reduction, does not incentivize capital investment and innovation. Conversely, long-term, strategic relationships build resilience of the supply chain, another lesson we learned from COVID.

The reality is, we cannot perform to our full potential in the current environment. Timescales (1-3 years of contract) are too short.

We must also recognize that the private sector in the arena is not homogenous – there are large corporations who contribute chemistry, mostly as a CSR initiative; opportunistic cost-driven suppliers – and ones like ourselves who are full innovation partners.

The leading private sector organizations are ready to invest, automate and innovate to reduce cost.

Vestergaard is uniquely positioned to deliver this innovation at scale because we have constantly challenged ourselves to go further to save lives. We began by simply dipping nets in insecticide to increase protection, through to the development of PermaNet(R) 2.0, the first long lasting insecticidal net (LLIN) to be deployed at scale in the early 2000’s. However, the disease does not stand still. Fast spreading mosquito resistance to pyrethroids demanded a response. Vestergaard led the successful large-scale deployment of piperonyl butoxide long-lasting insecticidal nets (PBO LLINs), specifically designed to protect against pyrethroid-resistant mosquitoes.

We will introduce our first dual active-ingredient net, PermaNet(R) Dual in the second half of 2022. The product will help serve a growing demand for dual AI nets.

However, sustaining innovation requires a strategic partnership with the customer – in this case, the funders. Beyond the New Nets Project, they need to define a new model to accelerate innovation and establish long term engagement with innovative suppliers with the goal to bring new nets to market in way that supports equitable access.

So, what would I like to see happen before World Malaria Day 2023?

Fundamentally, that we stop managing the disease and pull together to end malaria.

Michael Joos
CEO, Vestergaard
www.vestergaard.com

Contact:
Ayomide Ibironke
Tel: +27 61 326 4765
Africa Communications Media Group
ayomide@africacommunicationsgroup.com

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G20 urges World Bank to prepare FIF Establishment: Indrawati

G20 members have urged the World Bank to immediately prepare for the establishment of the Financial Intermediary Fund (FIF), Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati stated. FIF should be formed immediately in the framework of pandemic preparedness and response (PPR) in the future, the minister emphasized.

Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati met with World Bank Group President David Malpass at the G20’s second meeting of the FMCBG in Washington D.C on Wednesday (April 20, 2022). Minister Indrawati and President Malpass discussed structural reforms and other steps toward a sustainable post-pandemic recovery.

“The (G20) presidency concluded that the World Bank should start exploring the process for developing and establishing FIF,” Indrawati remarked at the second meeting of the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Banks Governors (FMCBG) press conference here on Thursday.

G20 members view FIF as being the most effective choice for new financial mechanisms, especially in preparing for other potential pandemics in future. Indrawati believes this is because the establishment of FIF is viewed as being able to overcome the financing gap in the health sector as had occurred during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

“Most (G20) members agree on the need for a new financial mechanism dedicated to addressing the financing gap in PPR,” she stated, explaining that G20 members hope that the establishment of FIF would mitigate the health financing needs in line with the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) expectations.

Moreover, G20 members called on the World Bank to explore discussions on the governance and operational regulations of FIF by involving the WHO. “There is widespread support for WHO and the World Bank regarding the assessment of significant financing gaps that need to be addressed,” Indrawati remarked.

Earlier, on April 1, the Indonesian finance and health ministries resumed the third G20 Joint Finance and Health Task Force (JFHTF). At the meeting, JFHTF co-chair Wempi Saputra invited G20 member countries to draw up a financing action plan for pandemic preparedness and response (PPR).

“The third JFHTF meeting is an important step for all member countries in drafting the financing strategies for prevention, preparedness, and response to the pandemic or PPR,” Saputra stated.

Meanwhile, one of the main agendas of Indonesia’s G20 Presidency is global health architecture.

Written by Astrid H, Kenzu T, Editor: Suharto (c) ANTARA 2022






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