TB Quest Awards hosted by India Health Fund and supported by Global Coalition against TB

first_img IHF is an initiative seeded by Tata Trusts that endeavours to strengthen India’s ability to fight, eliminate public health challenges of tuberculosis and malariaThe TB Quest Awards were given at a function hosted by the India Health Fund and supported by the Global Coalition against TB in the Capital recently. The five awardees were Guests of Honour on this occasion were Dr Kirit Solanki, Member of Parliament, Dalbir Singh, President Global Coalition Against TB, Dr Henk Bekedam, Representative to India, World Health Organisation, and Dr KS Sachdeva, Deputy Director General, Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) Government of India.India Health Fund (IHF) is an initiative seeded by the Tata Trusts and endeavours to strengthen India’s ability to fight and eliminate the public health challenges of tuberculosis and malaria. It has been created as a platform to aggregate risk capital from multiple sources in private and public sectors and allocates capital efficiently to the most promising and relevant innovations. India Health Fund supports innovators to accelerate their “lab to market” journey, most importantly the validation and adoption by the health systems.IHF believes in bridging the gap between the public as well as the private sphere of innovation and technology. With this aim in view, IHF initiated the Quest for Innovations towards Eliminating Tuberculosis (TB Quest) Awards that acknowledge and foreground entrepreneurs and innovators working consistently to scale-up innovative platforms or practices that are focussed on crucial areas that require attention. These include bringing ‘missing’ TB patients within the purview of care; screening and appropriate management for latent TB infection (LTBI) among all identified high-risk population groups in India; infection control in settings such as healthcare facilities, crowded habitations where transmission is high and helping to bridge gaps in the supply chain of anti-TB drugs and consumables in the public and private sectors.TB Quest would not only help to transform the key aspects of a TB Care Ecosystem but greatly contribute towards the government’s initiatives in the fight against TB by providing them with the prerequisite science and technology innovations to do the same efficiently.Dr Solanki, said,“The TB medication regimen must be taken regularly and that registration of patients should be compulsory both in government and the private sector centres so the treatment regimen can be adhered to. Lack of awareness is a major problem; as is inadequate nutrition. These need to be taken care of.”The awardees and their path-breaking initiatives:CisGEN Biotech Discoveries has focussed on the problem of transmission of TB from animals to humans by creating an innovative technological kit that combines native and recombinant antigens to detect bovine TB. It also helps to distinguish between Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection and environmental mycobacteria infection. The animal TB kit test can be performed in any field without any expertise with minimal risk. However, the final evaluation of the kits will be performed at dairy farms and veterinary centres.Qure.ai Technologies has investigated the problem of the false and slow diagnosis of the disease, especially in remote areas. The company has curated Qure.ai, an AI (artificial intelligence) start-up that applies AI and deep learning technology to radiology imaging for quick and accurate diagnosis of tuberculosis. Qure.ai’s AI-driven solution is being evaluated across the globe through various foundations such as Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, International Organisation for Migration, etc. Their goal is to generate 100,000 analog-to-digital datasets which will ease the detection of tuberculosis and ensure early treatment.Valetude Primus Healthcare has invented a device that has made the collection of sputum faster and more efficient. The immune-magnetic cell capture technology (iMC2) can be used at the community level to replace sputum smear microscopy for diagnosing tuberculosis.Centre for health research and innovation works at creating an ecosystem that leads to faster diagnosis and treatment for TB patients. The Truelab TM Real Time quantitative micro-PCR system provides a real-time, battery-operated, point-of-care PCR testing and molecular diagnosis to patients. This helps in rapid diagnosis and focussed treatment and leads to better disease control.Sensedose Technologies has developed the TMEAD — Tuberculosis Monitoring Encouragement Adherence Drive. It provides alarm based and digital notification-based reminders to patients and all prescribed medicines are pre-sorted and pre-filled. This will help in better adherence to Revised National Tuberculosis Control Progamme (RNTCP).Manoj Kumar, Chief Executive Officer, India Health Fund: “India Health Fund envisages mobilizing and investing USD 150 Million over the next 5 years to supplement Government of India’s commitment to eliminate TB and Malaria by 2025 and 2030 respectively. Selected innovations receive catalytic grants and multi-stakeholder support to accelerate their mission.”“The challenge ahead is to look at how to eliminate TB in a short time. We have introduced many new approaches such as ‘treatment as prevention’ and early case detection. Now we need to look at how to better diagnostics and other processes,” stated Dr Sachdeva.Singh said, “TB is the gravest public health challenge we face today, and it affects a country’s economy and productivity. Our coalition is at the forefront of political advocacy in India, and now we all need to come together, continue the strategic vision, step up R&D and innovate.” MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” TB Quest Awards hosted by India Health Fund and supported by Global Coalition against TB CisGEN Biotech DiscoveriesEliminating Tuberculosis Awardsimmune-magnetic cell capture technologylatent TB infectionQure.ai TechnologiesRevised National Tuberculosis Control Progammetuberculosistuberculosis and malariaValetude Primus Healthcare Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Related Posts Comments (0) By EH News Bureau on December 17, 2019 Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Read Article Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Add Comment Share News last_img read more

Toledo on the cusp of NCAA berth

first_imgAs he inches closer to that NCAA tournament berth, each match, each set and each point grows in importance.That can be a lot for a player to deal with, assistant coach Rok Bonin said.Bonin was in a similar position a year ago as the team’s No. 1 singles star. He spent the stretch run fighting for a spot in the postseason, which he said tested his mental strength.Bonin entered a match against Nebraska last year, facing an opponent who “was not that good.” Still, Bonin said all he could think about during the match was, “If I lose this one, I’m not going to make NCAAs.”“I wasn’t thinking about the match; I was thinking about the future,” Bonin recalled. “It makes it tougher because it’s not supposed to be like that.”Toledo said he hasn’t talked to Bonin, who did qualify for the NCAA championships last season, about what to expect down the stretch.Toledo is the favorite in both of his matches this weekend, but this late in the season, nothing is a given. Toledo’s performance will be pivotal as the season nears a close, and maintaining his focus will be paramount.“I’m just trying to go from match to match from now on, not being distracted by the NCAA [championships],” he said. “That’s the best way to look at it.”Young said he thinks Toledo is handling the pressure well.Toledo lives for these moments.“He’s always been a guy that, the more carrots you hang in front of him, the more motivation he has, the better he plays,” Young said. “I’d expect more of the same [moving forward].”Hamburg on the mend?The Gophers played without Jack Hamburg last weekend as the junior was out with a back injury.Young said the odds of Hamburg returning this weekend are around “50-50,” though he is “hopeful.” Toledo on the cusp of NCAA berthLeandro Toledo has won his last four matches and is ranked No. 41.Daily File Photo, Ichigo TakikawaMinnesota’s Leandro Toledo plays against an opponent from Drake University at the ITA Central Regional Championship on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012. Jace FrederickApril 10, 2014Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintLeandro Toledo doesn’t hide from it. He said the thought sits in the back of his mind. It drives him forward and pushes him to improve.Toledo badly wants to earn a berth in the NCAA tournament this season.And two victories over top-50 opponents last weekend have him on the cusp of his first NCAA singles appearance.Toledo topped eighth-ranked Peter Kobelt last Friday before besting No. 50 Leonard Stakhovsky on Sunday. That pair of wins — both coming in straight sets — moved Toledo up 25 spots to his current ranking of No. 41, likely good enough for an NCAA bid.“I’m actually in reach of the NCAA [championships],” he said. “I’m within those qualifying spots, so that motivated me a lot to practice and actually stay there to actually make it.”Toledo is now 5-1 this season against ranked opponents and 6-1 in Big Ten play. He was named Big Ten Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Week for the second time this season Tuesday.“He’s definitely one of the best players in the Big Ten,” head coach Geoff Young said.That might seem surprising, considering that Toledo made the jump from No. 2 singles to No. 1 singles this season. Still, Young said he expected this type of performance from his ace.“Though he was playing No. 2, he was still playing at the level of a No. 1 player,” Young said. “He’s doing a great job, and he’s striking the ball really well.”Young said the key to Toledo’s success stems from the very beginning of each point: his serve. Toledo uses his serve to put pressure on his opponent from the get-go.“That’s been the difference in my last two matches,” he said. “I think every time it got close and I needed to have a free point — I got that with my serve.”Toledo’s serve and the other physical aspects of his game have always been there, but the key has been sustaining his mental toughness.Young said he’s seen an improvement to this point of the season, though Toledo’s mental fortitude hasn’t yet been tested.“You don’t really know until he’s really tested and some bad things happen to him,” Young said. “That’s when it really matters. That’s what I try to impress on him.”Toledo will be tested down the stretch.last_img read more

Innovative 5G Backual Antenna Provides High Capacity with Long Range Transmission

first_imgRadio Frequency Systems (RFS), a global designer and manufacturer wireless and broadcast infrastructure products, has introduced a family of innovative dual-band microwave antennas.The new antennas combine an E-band antenna which gives capacity but has distance limitations, with an additional frequency band antenna. The dual-band antenna proves itself capable of delivering higher capacity over longer distances. RFS’ dual-band antennas have already been deployed by a major OEM in Eastern Europe, proving that microwave works as a viable alternative to fiber for 5G backhauling requirements in urban areas.Although fiber is generally considered to be the standard solution for 5G backhauling due to its high throughput, the capabilities demonstrated in a real-world deployment by RFS’ dual-band microwave antennas highlight the possibilities of microwave backhaul for 5G.RFS’ dual-band microwave antennas support high-capacity, low-latency 80 GHz E band transmissions as well as higher availability 15 GHz, 18 GHz or 23 GHz transmissions that can travel longer distances. With this combination, the medium-frequency band can supplement the E band with additional capacity and a longer range. As a result, mobile operators can backhaul higher volumes of 5G traffic over longer distances than they can with single-band microwave antennas and with lower latency than fiber connections.The dual-band approach also brings with it an array of additional benefits for operators when compared to using two single-band antennas that support carrier aggregation. The visual impact is reduced as a result of consolidating into a single antenna. Operators have a lower cost of ownership due to the reduction in transportation, installation, and tower leasing costs. They also benefit from easier upgrades; when operators come to replacing 2 ft single band link to a Dual Band antenna link, the identical form factor minimizes the challenges of introducing new equipment. Additionally, deployment is simplified as the initial alignment is done with Microwave frequency which means only fine-tuning alignment is required for the E band.Click here to learn more about RFS’ Dual-Band Antennas.last_img read more

Dapati 72 Kasus Virus Corona, Kuwait Resmi Tutup Bandara Internasional Utama,Tersebar Foto Kabin ‘Kosong’ Singapore Airlines dari Korea Selatan ke Singapura

first_imgBandara Internasional Kuwait (KWI). Sumber: meed.com Otoritas penerbangan Kuwait dilaporkan telah memutuskan untuk menutup Bandara Internasional Kuwait (KWI) pada Jumat, 13 Maret 2020. Belum jelas sampai kapan negara Teluk Arab tersebut men-shutdown bandara utamanya tersebut.Baca juga: Bak Kuburan, Inilah 8 Penampakan Sepinya Bandara di Dunia Akibat Virus CoronaMenurut kantor berita thepointsguy.com, Kamis, (12/3), dengan ditutupnya bandara tersebut, seluruh penerbangan dari dan ke bandara akan ditangguhkan kecuali penerbangan yang memuat warga Kuwait yang hendak pulang. Di samping itu, bandara yang direnovasi besar-besaran pada 1999-2001 tersebut juga tetap akan melayani penerbangan kargo. Selebihnya, otoritas setempat tidak akan mengizinkan kecuali dengan beberapa negosiasi. Menariknya, keputusan tersebut diambil hanya karena 72 kasus virus corona saja. Bahkan, dari 72 kasus tersebut, belum dilaporkan adanya kematian pertama. Tentu saja hal keputusan tersebut adalah langkah berani, mengingat, negara-negara dengan kasus Covid-19 tertinggi saja, seperti Korea Selatan, Iran, Amerika Serikat, Perancis, Jerman, Spanyol, sampai Cina sekalipun belum sampai menutup bandara utamanya, kecuali Italia yang baru saja menutup negaranya, termasuk bandara utamanya, beberapa waktu lalu.Dengan begitu, bisa dikatakan Kuwait sebagai negara pertama yang menutup bandara internasional utamanya, bukan menutup bandara utamanya karena negaranya juga ditutup, layaknya Italia.Badara Internasional Kuwait (KWI) sendiri adalah bandara terbesar dan tersibuk serta satu-satunya bandara komersial di Kuwait (mengingat teritorialnya yang tak lebih besar dari Provinsi Jawa Barat) dengan 335 penerbangan per hari. Menurut Kuwait Times, pada tahun 2019 lalu, bandara tersebut melayani sekitar 15,5 juta penumpang, meningkat empat persen dibandingkan tahun sebelumnya.Walaupun kecil, sebagai salah satu negara kaya di Timur Tengah, Bandara Kuwait rupanya menjadi hub bagi banyak maskapai, seperti Jazeera Airways, Kuwait Airways, Wataniya Airways, dan maskapai asal Singapura United Aviation. Di samping itu, bandara tersebut juga memiliki banyak penerbangan langsung dari sekitar 60 bandara di dunia.Baca juga: Bandara Hong Kong Kucurkan Rp2,8 Triliun Guna Hadapi ‘Serangan’ Virus CoronaSelain menutup bandara, sama seperti beberapa negara lainnya yang disebutkan sebelumnya, negara kaya minyak tersebut juga memberlakukan beberapa langkah lanjutan, seperti menutup restoran, kafe, pusat perbelanjaan, hingga kantor pemerintahan. Khusus untuk kantor pemerintahan, isolasi tersebut hanya berlaku mulai 12-26 Maret 2020 dan baru kembali normal pada 29 Maret mendatang. Adapun larangan untuk ke pusat-pusat keramaian (restoran, kafe, dan pusat perbelanjaan) belum ada batasan pemberlakuan yang jelas.Beruntung, pembatasan tersebut, sejauh ini, tak sampai menimbulkan gejolak di masyarakat. Pasalnya, di beberapa negara lainnya, seperti di Italia dan Spanyol, aturan sejenis membuat masyarakat panik dan justru berlomba-lomba untuk keluar negeri. Di Italia, larangan untuk mendatangi pusat-pusat keramaian bahkan aturan untuk menjaga jarak setidaknya satu meter satu dengan yang lainnya telah menimbulkan kerusuhan di beberapa wilayah.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… Relatedlast_img read more