Ghana has a population of 30.8 mln inhabitants with 6 mln people living in the capital and greater Accra region. The Ghana economy is dominated by women and largely controlled by petty trading and high-end merchandise. Most travel is by road and buses. Rail and air traffic are negligible. Traders commute 97% by road. Each…Continue reading Bus stop cancer
In many countries and situations patients are not getting the medicines they need. For this reason, Inspire2Live has done a lot of research which we would like to share with you here. When confronted with a situation in which pharmaceutical firms are demanding extremely high prices for newly developed medicines, governments start negotiations however, during…Continue reading Medicines too expensive? Produce them yourself!
The World Campus is a miraculous success. We began with just 5 countries a little over a year ago and in September 2021, we have representatives located in over 35 countries and more than 50 hubs with expected growth next year to over 50 countries and the creation of local capacity groups. We are on…Continue reading Climbing the stairs to a new level
Last week we had several good discussions with our global patient advocates and scholar activists about breast cancer prevention and prevention of HPV related cancers. Not only cervical cancer can be prevented AND eradicated via vaccination; in total 7 devastating HPV cancers can be prevented too. What became clear is that education of the citizens…Continue reading Awareness, Education, Prevention and Government
The World Campus was conceived in March 2020 based on a review of the Inspire2Live 2020 Annual Congress. Inspire2Live had always been aimed at all cancer patients, irrespective of the type of cancer, country, culture or creed. However it had found its base mainly in Europe and North America. The World Campus broadened the constituency…Continue reading The World Campus in 7 concepts
I recently read “The Biomedical Empire” by Barbara Katz Rothman, an American sociologist. An astonishing book. She calls it “Empire”, whereas I prefer “Medical Industrial Complex”. The cooperation between patient organizations, doctors, researchers, government industry and payers that work for patients but do not necessarily benefit the quality of life of the patient. Rothman: “Whenever…Continue reading It’s all about WE
Cancer ranks as the deadliest disease worldwide. This is a partial truth because, whether it is the disease with the most victims or not, it doesn’t account for where you live for example. Now that COVID-19 has locked us down, questions arise about the relative impact of the most deadly diseases and COVID-19 currently ranks…Continue reading Why rankings can be misleading
Precision Medicine Forum – Patient Week convenes healthcare professionals, researchers, industry, payers and patients/patient advocates in a unique setting which puts the patient front and centre of the discussions. It’s widely acknowledged that patients should be involved from bench to bedside and this event provides an unrivalled environment to facilitate dialogue between speakers and attendees,…Continue reading From bench to bedside: putting the patient front and centre
It is currently “cucumber time”, or the slow news season, that time during the summer months when people have time to think, instead of work, and I want to take advantage of this to generate a vision for the future of Inspire2live and the importance of the World Campus. In this update I will talk namely…Continue reading Wake up time
With her book “The Biomedical Empire”, Barbara Katz Rothman, a medical sociologist from New York University, makes me a bit sad. She starts with that irritating remark: “Just imagine the financial crisis around the world if we just cured sickness”. She describes the economic power of the “Medical Industrial Complex”. I prefer this over her…Continue reading What do you mean, our economy can’t afford prevention?