Metro Atlanta Neurosurgery Foundation responds to health care crisis in West Africa using telemedicine

Atlanta 02 December 2006Metro Atlanta Neurosurgery (MAN) Foundation has developed a global initiative to establish sustainable health care systems within remote Third World villages through distance medicine and telemedicine technology. Through the "Adopt A Village" initiative, health care professionals in isolated communities around the world, who could previously only look forward to temporary medical missions, will be able to begin building a sustainable health care system.

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For decades, medical missions have traversed the globe supplying third world communities with health care resources, but usually without the objective to assist in a permanent health care system for local villagers. "Adopt A Village" is a humanitarian medical aid programme established to fill this void.

The primary obstacle in developing permanent health care systems in remote villages is the lack of medical staff training, patient education and an overall shortage of medical doctors. The "Adopt A Village" programme will establish health care networks within the targeted communities, where health care services are often limited or non-existent, using telemedicine technology.

Telemedicine is the use of information communication technology for health care delivery, consultation, education and the management of patient information allowing a patient's information to be transferred to a specialist in another country at lightning speed. Telemedicine is most often used as a form of distance medicine.

Over the past 10 months, MAN Foundation has provided over $18.000 in medical supplies and medications and is now actively furnishing equipment and personnel training for the health centre under construction in Prampram, Ghana. Additional requests for aid from the MAN Foundation have already been received from Togo, Liberia and Namibia.

MAN Foundation will partner with global organisations who provide electricity, water, buildings, computers, etc. to assist locals in building infrastructure. Dr. Paul King founded Metro Atlanta Neurosurgery in 1999. He is a board-certified neurosurgeon, specializing in complex spinal surgery, cerebrovascular disease and neuro-trauma. Dr. King graduated from Fisk University, received his MD from Michigan State University, and completed a Spine-fellowship at Emory University's department of neurosurgery. Dr. King is a member of numerous organisations including the Atlanta Medical Association, the American Association of Neurosurgeons, the Georgia State Medical Association, the National Medical Association and the American Medical Association. In 2001, Dr. Paul King founded "Adopt A Village" to advance health care resources for people in third world communities.


Leslie Versweyveld

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