“With increasing life expectancy and the subsequent increase in the number of age-related, chronic diseases, including cancers, that require blood and blood products for treatment, we increasingly need more blood donors to meet these demands,” said Dr. Neelam Dhingra, Coordinator for Blood Transfusion Safety of the World Health Organization (WHO).

“To this day, there are still doctorless underserved communities. We are revamping our health facility system and the Department is continuing its deployment programs which intend to reach further communities which need doctors, nurses, midwives, medical technologies, nutritionists and other health professionals,” shared Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Enrique T. Ona in his message delivered by Undersecretary Nemesio T. Gako during the 85th Foundation Anniversary of the University of the Philippines-College of Public Health (UP-CPH) last June 18, 2012.

Last June 8, 2012, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) released a report titled, “Pneumonia and diarrhea: tackling the deadliest diseases for the world's poorest children” which presented interventions that could overcome the battle against two leading killers of the world’s youngest children - pneumonia and diarrhea.

Pneumonia and diarrhea is responsible for 29 percent of deaths among children under five worldwide or more than 2 million deaths a year. The report said that nearly 90 percent of the children who die from the two diseases live in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

“In a recent study from Quezon City, the paper record retrieval time was decreased from 2.41 minutes to less than 5 seconds,” revealed Dr. Marie Irene Sy, National Project Manager for Community Health Information Tracking System (CHITS) of the National Telehealth Center (NTHC) in her presentation during the University of the Philippines – National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH) research forum last 14 June 2012.

 
Mobile technologies transforming lives and libraries (photo grabbed from m-libraries.org)

"From margin to mainstream: mobile technologies transforming lives and libraries."

Mobile technology has transformed so many aspects of our lives: how we work, how we communicate, how we study and how we play. This conference will explore and share work carried out in libraries around the world to deliver services and resources to users via a growing plethora of mobile and hand-held devices.

The m-libraries conference offers opportunity to find out more about the transformation of services, learners or providers because of mobile technology, and hear about the inspiring and innovative projects which challenge current thinking and practice.