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COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Makes Another Case for Digital CKD Registries in Africa

Triage. It's been one year since the COVID-19 pandemic began to rampage and change our lives forever, while adding a plethora of new terms into our collective lexicon. One such term we can expect to hear more frequently, as the  COVID-19 vaccine distribution picks up pace globally, is “triage”. Triage, in pre-pandemic terms, was most often used in the context of an emergency room, whereby patients are ranked and given care according to the...

“A Stitch in Time Saves Nine” — Why Africa’s “next M-Pesa” must be in the field of chronic disease management

A stitch in time saves nine. Never has that saying been more apt than in the non-communicable disease epidemic, particularly chronic kidney disease, that is silently ravaging the African continent. Non-communicable diseases — also known in the medical community as "silent killers” — are a group of diseases whereby affected people suffer minimal or no symptoms (asymptomatic) in the early stages, then begin to experience severe, life-threatening symptoms in the advanced/late stages. An...

Dialysis in Africa Costs 20x the Average Annual Income, So Why Was the World’s Largest Dialysis Company Bribing Government Officials?

“Make it make sense”, as one of the commonly cited refrains of 2020 goes. Make it make sense! In March 2019, Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA (Fresenius), the German-based world’s largest manufacturer of dialysis products (and clinic operator), agreed to "pay about $231 million to resolve criminal and civil allegations that the company paid bribes to public health and government officials in several countries to win or retain business." Some of...

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