King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre Leading Health Sector Transformation in Saudi Arabia

King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre Leading Health Sector Transformation in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, May 09, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Harvard University — Eight years into Vision 2030, Saudi Arabia has made significant strides with digital innovations and enhanced access to quality care. Strategic investments in infrastructure, technology, and talent, have led to advancements revolutionizing patient care delivery and elevating the standards of healthcare locally. These efforts have notably raised the average life expectancy, reduced mortality rates, and enhanced overall well-being across the Kingdom.

Central to these achievements, King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre (KFSH&RC), renowned for its specialized care and treatments across critical fields such as oncology, cardiology, organ transplantation, and genetics has positioned itself as a leader in specialized patient care, taking the charge towards a brighter, healthier future for the Kingdom. Through its commitment to pioneering digital health initiatives, comprehensive educational programs, and novel research endeavors, it is reshaping the local landscape, and setting new standards of efficiency and accessibility.

In an era defined by technological advancements, and with the Kingdom’s push towards digitalization, KFSH&RC stands at the forefront of digital health integration among its local peers, leveraging cutting-edge telemedicine services, virtual consultations, and AI-driven tools such as the ANFAL AI System that transforms patient outcomes through predictive insights and personalized care, ensuring the best outcomes for patient satisfaction.

KFSH&RC’s digital health initiatives extend to addressing broader health threats through technologies such as Whole Genomic Sequencing (WGS) and Advanced Radiation Therapy. The hospital has also pioneered organ transplantation by performing the world’s first fully robotic liver transplant and introduced to the region innovations like the Harmony Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve (TPV), enhancing patient recovery and experience. These technologies facilitate personalized treatment plans and improve the accuracy and speed of medical diagnostics, contributing significantly to the elevation of patient care standards and a sustainable, resilient healthcare infrastructure in line with the objectives of the Health Sector Transformation Program.

KFSH&RC continues to push the boundaries of medical research addressing pressing health challenges and contributing to Saudi Arabia’s public health landscape, with discoveries like the PfAP2-MRP gene crucial for malaria treatment and the identification of the new Riyadhensis bacteria strain. These discoveries have not only improved diagnostic accuracy but also facilitated early interventions, ensuring timely and effective patient support, in line with the national objectives to reduce chronic disease prevalence.

These comprehensive efforts are supported by KFSH&RC’s robust educational initiatives, which prepare the next generation of medical professionals through training programs and international collaborations.

Recognized by ‘Brand Finance’ in 2024 as the most valuable healthcare brand in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East for the second consecutive year, placing 9th in Saudi Arabia and 28th in the Middle East. Additionally, KFSH&RC stands out as the only hospital worldwide to be ranked among its country’s top ten most valuable brands.

About King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre (KFSH&RC):

King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre (KFSH&RC) stands as a leading healthcare institution in the Middle East, envisioned to be the optimal choice for every patient seeking specialized healthcare. The hospital boasts a rich history in the treatment of cancers, cardiovascular diseases, organ transplantation, neurosciences, and genetics.

In 2024, “Brand Finance” ranked King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre as the top academic medical centre in the Middle East and Africa, and among the top 20 globally for the second consecutive year. Additionally, in 2024, it was recognized as one of the leading global healthcare providers by Newsweek magazine.

As part of Saudi Vision 2030, a royal decree was issued on December 21, 2021, to transform the hospital into an independent, non-profit, government-owned entity, paving the way for a comprehensive transformation program aimed at achieving global leadership in healthcare through excellence and innovation.


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Curia and Carterra Partner on Biologics Symposium to Further Biotechnology Research in the Pacific Northwest

Curia & Carterra Biologics Symposium

Biologics symposium slated for May 31 in Seattle, WA

ALBANY, N.Y. and SALT LAKE CITY, May 09, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Curia, a leading contract research, development and manufacturing organization and Carterra Inc., the world leader in label-free high throughput antibody and small molecule drug discovery, today announced their partnership in hosting a high-throughput biologics symposium slated for May 31 at the Residence Inn at Marriott in Seattle, Washington.

The purpose of the collaboration is to promote the rising biotech focus within the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S and Canada. The symposium will bring together all levels of scientific leadership from the biotech and pharma communities.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Carterra to organize this antibody discovery symposium, bringing the Pacific Northwest biotech community together and sharing the latest advances in antibody discovery,” said Steve Lavezoli, Vice President of Biologics at Curia. “We are also looking forward to sharing our optimal, high-quality and accelerated antibody discovery workflows to first-to-human antibody discovery, development and clinical manufacturing. Antibodies discovered and/or engineered with Curia’s platform technology are in the clinic and we have over 230 successful antibody discovery campaigns performed for the biotech community.”

Speed, scientific expertise and efficiency can surmount the high attrition rates of early antibody discovery and achieve first-to-market delivery of new therapeutics. The symposium will highlight Curia’s technology platform and integrated services with a focus on the development of enhanced mouse systems for antibody generation and high-throughput single B cell screening. The combination of next generation sequencing (NGS) and rapid recombinant production of milligram to gram quantities of purified monoclonal antibody (mAb) significantly accelerates identification of development candidate leads.

Since 2017, Carterra has been selling its powerful LSA® high-throughput biosensor to analyze and characterize antibodies using Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR). With the launch of its LSAXT platform last year, Carterra now offers products that can perform small molecule analysis as well as antibody discovery. The LSA platform has been profiled in several peer-reviewed papers in Science, Nature and Cell, detailing the path of multiple therapeutics entering clinical trials. At the symposium, several leading scientists in biopharma will be sharing their insights into their specific areas of drug discovery and will highlight the transformative impact of integrating HT-SPR technology, AI/ML and other new technologies.

“We are excited to be partnering with Curia on our symposium. Carterra symposia are scientific events that we host each year throughout the U.S. and Europe,” stated Chris M. Silva, Vice President of Marketing and Product at Carterra. “These symposia help us to share the latest technology advancements and important data generated from the workflows of scientists using Carterra’s label-free platforms. Coming to the Pacific Northwest is an opportunity to create a deeper understanding of the technology in pharma and biotechs in this region.”

Click here to RSVP for the event. Registration is required as seating is limited.

About Curia:
Curia is a Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO) with over 30 years of experience, an integrated network of 27 global sites and over 3,500 employees partnering with Biopharmaceutical customers to bring life-changing therapies to market. Our biologics and small molecules offerings span discovery through commercialization, with integrated regulatory and analytical capabilities. Our scientific and process experts and state-of-the-art facilities deliver best-in-class experience across drug substance and drug product manufacturing. From curiosity to cure, we deliver every step to improve patients’ lives. Visit us at

About Carterra, Inc.:
Carterra, Inc. is a privately held company. Its HT-SPR technology provides large-molecule and small-molecule drug discovery customers with screening and characterization throughput and functionality that scales with omics-level applications, condensing months of work down to days. Our solutions have enabled multiple therapeutics and breakthrough research and helped academic and translational researchers and biopharmaceutical companies in oncology, immunology, neuroscience, and more.  Carterra is based in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has Customer Experience Centers in San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Boston, Manchester, England, and Munich, Germany. Carterra products are available in Asia-Pacific and Oceania through our exclusive distributor, Revvity. To learn more, visit or connect with us on LinkedIn or X (Twitter).

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Dr Bawumia to establish equipment pool to support small-scale miners

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) Flagbearer, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has promised to establish common-user processing facilities and equipment in the various mining districts across Ghana if elected as President, to promote responsible and sustainable mining practices.

Dr Bawumia made the pledge during the Third Annual Transformational Dialogue on Small-Scale Mining in Sunyani on Wednesday, organised by the University of Energy and Natural Resources.

The NPP Presidential Candidate emphasised the importance of ensuring that mining activities benefited the country in totality.

‘I will establish common-user processing facilities to facilitate mining in the various districts of the country,’ he said.

‘Additionally, we shall establish Community Environmental Protection Assistants working under the Minerals Commission/Environmental Protection Agency with river wardens and local authorities to augment the safeguarding of our environment/water bodies.’

Common-user processing facilities would help in achieving the envi
ronmental sustainability goal by providing efficient and environmentally friendly processing options for miners.

Those facilities would contribute to the fight against illegal mining activities, commonly known as ‘galamsey’, Dr Bawumia explained.

Dr Bawumia said mining should serve the collective good of the country and not just a selected few and, thus, emphasised the adoption of mining practices that prioritised environmental conservation and community well-being.

The NPP Flagbearer is on a nationwide campaign tour, lasting until the first week of June.

‘Bold Solutions for our Future,’ is the theme for his campaign, focusing on three key pillars: The battle of ideas and character, The Battle of Records, and The Battle of Effective Campaign.

His campaign team is focusing on issue-based electioneering, tackling cogent, practical and tailor-made ideas to deal with issues that are dear to the heart of the Ghanaian people.

Dr Bawumia is meeting a wide range of stakeholders, including traditional rulers, th
e Clergy, youth groups, traders, drivers, farmers and students, and interact with businesses and associations.

He has been visiting market centres and other public places to listen to the concerns of both traders and consumers.

Dr Bawumia also engaged the media, held town-hall meetings and continues with his regular stakeholder engagements with Ghanaians.

Since his election as the NPP Flagbearer on November 4, 2023, for the December 7, 2024 Election, he had been active in undertaking broad consultations and interactions with various groups across the country.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Yaounde: Family alleges Doctor delivered deceased daughter through C-section while intoxicated

By Charity Nginyu

A young pregnant woman, Ondoa Elodie, tragically lost her life following a cesarean section performed by a reportedly drunk surgeon at the Afrique Future Hospital Center of Deo Gratias Catholic Hospital in the Emana neighborhood in Yaounde, the family has claimed.

The incident has sparked outrage and legal action, with the family filing a complaint against the hospital for negligence and involuntary manslaughter.

According to reports, Ondoa Elodie visited the hospital to meet with her gynecologist but was unexpectedly admitted. Shortly after that, she underwent a cesarean section performed by a surgeon who was allegedly under the influence of alcohol.

Despite delivering a healthy baby, the family claimed Ondoa Elodie began to hemorrhage profusely after the surgery, with hospital staff failing to intervene effectively.

Tragically, she succumbed to her condition, leaving her newborn daughter motherless.

The family, represented by their legal counsel, Barrister Alexandre Ndengue Ngango, h
as lodged a formal complaint against Deo Gratias Catholic Hospital, accusing them of negligence and manslaughter.

In the complaint, they detailed the sequence of events leading to Ondoa Elodie’s untimely death and highlighted the lack of adequate medical attention provided by the hospital staff.

The complaint alleged that Ondoa Elodie’s post-surgical complications were ignored, ultimately leading to her demise. It also raised questions about the competence and professionalism of the medical personnel involved in her care.

Furthermore, the family’s legal representative has called for a thorough investigation into the incident and accountability for those responsible. They demand justice for Ondoa Elodie and her orphaned daughter.

The administration of the said medical facility is however yet to react to the outburst by the visibly enraged family of the deceased.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

Ghana to become first blockchain-powered government in Africa – Dr Bawumia

Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia says the next stage of Ghana’s digitalisation journey is to become the first blockchain-powered government in Africa to fight corruption.

The Blockchain technology is capable of identifying and discovering any changes in digital data to trace all transactions in the governance space.

That, he believed, would promote transparency and enable the Government to fight corruption in its entirety.

Vice President Bawumia announced this on Thursday at the 14th Regional Conference and Annual General Meeting of Heads of Anti-Corruption Agencies in Commonwealth Africa, in Accra.

The week-long conference is on the theme: ‘Strengthening Institutions and Promoting Transparency: A Means of Fighting Corruption in Commonwealth Africa’.

It attracted 20 Commonwealth African countries to deliberate on ways to make corruption unattractive on the continent and promote wealth creation.

Dr Bawumia highlighted some of the digital initiatives the Government had implemented since 2017, which were
yielding immense benefits for the nation.

For instance, the portal, a one-stop platform for paying public services electronically and enabled the government to collect GHc201 billion since 2020, was worth mentioning, he said.

With the digitalisation of passport application, he said applications increased from 347,000 to 752,000 recorded by the Passport Office while its revenues jumped from GHc12 million to GHc94 million between 2018 and 2023.

Additionally, the integration of the public sector databases through the use of GhanaCard enabled the Controller and Accountant General’s Department to expunge 29,000 ‘ghost’ pensioners from the public sector payroll and saving the nation GHC480 million annually.

Dr Bawumia said the use of unique identity card (GhanaCard) enabled the Government to detect 44,707 ghost names on the National Service Scheme payroll and saved the nation GHc356 million.

He entreated Anti-Corruption Agencies in Africa to invest in digital forensics and tools to assist them to tra
ck, trace and distract the corruption value chain.

The anti-graft institutions in Africa must also acquire Customised Security Operation Centres to enable them to fight corruption networks.

The Vice President said Ghana could fight corruption more efficiently if the Central Bank finally introduced the Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), otherwise known as the eCedi.

‘The eCedi will be our ultimate weapon in our fight against corruption because it will make it easy to track the movements of money and identify suspicious activities,’ he said.

It would also enable the Bank of Ghana to ensure high-level transparency, reduce the risk of fraud, tax avoidance and money laundering.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Regenerative Earth Foundation empowers women PWDs

Regenerative Earth Foundation, a Non-governmental Organisation committed to improving the well-being of the citizenry, has empowered some selected Persons With Disabilities, (PWDs) across the country.

The beneficiaries are women with visual and hearing impairments, physically disabled, single mothers, young women, and women from rural areas.

They were trained in bead, rings, earrings, and necklaces making.

The craft training programme was designed to equip the beneficiaries with the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to create beautiful handmade bead jewellery.

The NGO said it was motivated by its passion for bridging the social gap that had marginalised PWDs, to make them feel socially accepted.

The primary objective was to teach the participants to first see the greater value in the often-overlooked natural resources around them.

It was also to make them financially independent, instead of dangerously begging for alms in the streets, pavements, and walkways.

Arranged in collaboration with the Gha
na Federation of PWDs, Ms. Rachel Edogun, the Director of Operations, said although women and children were considered vulnerable in society, those with disabilities had more challenges.

They were typically maligned and discriminated against, therefore affecting their development.

She maintained that PWDs who qualified for a job should not be denied or sidelined due to their physical challenges.

Rather, they should be given equal opportunities like all other people, to work and make proper use of their skills.

Ms Edogun expressed gratitude to Mr. Daniil Landers, the Executive Director of the NGO and called for partnerships to enable them to reach out to more people to reflect the values of uplifting and empowering marginalised communities, particularly African women.

Ms Ayisha Fuseini, a beneficiary, was grateful for the programme, saying: ‘We learned new skills which will enable us to create products for sale.’

‘They even gave us jewellery and craft-making tools in addition to money as start-up funds f
or our business.

‘This will empower us to be more self-sufficient and take us off the street to beg fir alms. We have been uplifted to focus on our abilities rather than our that we could continue practicing,’ she said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ghana Armed Forces advocates for more women to be enlisted into the military

The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) has embarked on a nationwide schools’ campaign, sensitising and encouraging female students in Senior High Schools and those in tertiary institutions to enlist into the Combat and Combat Supporting unit of the GAF after completion.

‘We want more women in the combat and combat supporting roles to increase. Over the years, women have been enlisted into the GAF but mostly they are found in the services support roles; such as nursing, in the kitchen field, stores field, and administrative positions, among others. But there is the need to rebrand women in the leadership positions in the GAF.

‘It is only through the combat and combat supporting unit of the GAF that women could gain leadership roles; the United Nations has found out that when it comes to peacekeeping it is always men domination,’ Col. Elvis Asamoah, Gender Adviser, General Headquarters International Peace Support Operations, has said.

He said the GAF was now speaking to female students, parents, guardians, teachers an
d the Ghana Education Service, as well as the public to understand that there was the need for them to inspire the female students to enlist into the combat and combat support units of the GAF.

‘There is no discrimination in in the GAF; so, this is for men and that is for women should be the thing of the past. It is an opportunity for all, and women should be forthcoming as the GAF does not have specific training for men and women or proscribe or limited roles for men and women.’

Col. Asamoah raised these concerns during a discussion with students of the Wa Senior High School as part of a nationwide schools’ campaign tour of the Upper West Region to help promote gender mainstreaming in the military.

The campaign has a slogan: ‘Join the Combat and the Combat Supporting unit. We have What it Takes to Conquer the Sky, We Have What it Takes to Command the Fleets and We Have What it Takes to Command the Troops.’

Col Asamoah, who is the head of a three-member team from the GAF and officials from the Kofi Annan
International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), is expected to take the campaign to eight Senior High and tertiary schools in the region with the Simon Diedong Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Students and Wa Senior High School being the first beneficiaries.

He urged the school authorities to help motivate the female students to study hard and score good grades to qualify them to gain admission into the tertiary institutions and come out to join the GAF.

He took the students through the various ranks in the GAF, and it became known that the current leadership roles in the GAF were male dominated, which he said would have changed if women were in the combat and combat support unit of the GAF.

‘We need to rebrand the GAF in the leadership role through the active involvement of women in the combat and combat supporting unit,’ he said, while advising the students not to pay money to people to join the GAF.

Senior Warrant Officer Logah Patience Abla of the GAF urged the students to
stop wasting their time on social media but to study hard to score good grades in their examinations to help brighten their future.

The Senior Warrant Officer who is also the Drill Sergeant Major of the Military Academic Training School advised the female students to crave for excellent in whatever they were doing so that the authorities could see the need to empower them.

Madam Kissiwaa Gyan, Programme Officer, Women Youth, Peace and Security Institute at the KAIPKC, took the students on gender and sex, gender equity and equality, and urged the students to put their minds to whatever they were doing to achieve their dream goals.

The Women Youth, Peace and Security Institute (WYPSI) of the KAIPTC is implementing the campaign with the GAF while the Elsie Initiative Fund of Canada is funding the campaign align with the government of Ghana’s commitment to the initiative for women in peace operations, a global effort to empower women in peacekeeping roles.

Source: Ghana News Agency

2022 Births and Deaths report: 2099 children have doubtful paternity

The 2022 Births and Deaths Registry Statistical report has revealed that 2,099 out of the 677,140 children born in that year have doubtful paternity.

The report explained that those were births where the identity of the men who fathered the children were not known.

The report was launched in Accra on Thursday, May 9.

The report, the first of its kind, was put together by the Births and Deaths Registry with inputs and support from partner organizations, including the Ghana Health Service and National Identification Authority.

The report further revealed that the Greater Accra Region topped the chart with 446 children born with doubtful paternity.

On the other hand, the North East Region, was at the bottom of the chat with just 9 children who were born with doubtful paternity.

The Central Region came second with 328, Upper East, 232, Eastern, 223, Western, 220 and Ashanti, 180, in that order.

The rest are, Volta, 180, Western North 55, Ahafo, 51, Oti, 50, Northern 42, Bono 41, Bono East, 38, Upper West,
33 and Savannah, 19, in that order.

Addressing guests at the event, Mr Osei Bonsu Amoah, Minister of State at the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development, said the statistics had come at a very good time because there had been growing demand for access to birth and death registration data by researchers, policymakers, and other stakeholders.

He said the demand was driven by a growing recognition of the importance of data for improving public health outcomes, addressing social inequalities, and promoting evidence-based decision-making.

The Minister expressed his gratitude to the Ag. Registrar and her team for compiling the data.

He called on the Government and development partners to use the report as a stepping stone to create a brighter and more inclusive future for all.

Madam Henrietta Lamptey, Ag. Registrar, Births and Deaths Registry, said the maiden report highlighted her outfit’s commitment to provide information on every birth and death in the country.

She said unders
tanding the size and characteristics of a country’s population on a timely basis was fundamental for effective socioeconomic planning and informed decision-making.

She noted that vital statistics enabled the establishment of goals, assessment of social and economic plans, and monitoring of health and population intervention programmes implemented by our government.

‘Statistics like how many babies are born, how many are unfortunately dead in a particular period or how long people live, help us do this.

‘By looking at these numbers closely, we can set goals, check if our plans are working, and make sure that programmes for health and population are doing well,’ she said.

She said the Registry would ensure that every birth and death was registered in a timely and accurate manner to inform decision making and planning.

Aside the statistics on children born with doubtful paternity, the report also touched on other issues such as place of birth, timeliness of registration, sex ratio, facility of birth and as
well as death registration statistics.

Source: Ghana News Agency