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Arab and South Perspectives Help Shape the New Global Development Agenda

Doha (PRWEB) February 20, 2014

Arab and South perspectives help shape the new global development agenda.

Success in ending poverty hinges on conducive policy frameworks, training and resources.

Developing countries of the South are taking greater control of their development future as the world debates a new global development agenda that will shape the 21st century, concluded delegates to the “First Arab States Regional South-South Development Expo,” which concluded today in the Qatari capital, Doha.

While countries of the South, including all those across the Arab region are rapidly developing, three elements are needed to ensure that South-South efforts to end poverty are successful and sustained: clearly formulated regional and national policies, effective institutional coordination capacities for experience exchange, and dedicated resources, including packaged knowledge, expertise, funding. This recognition has emerged as a concluding agreement at the end of three days of the Expo.

The Expo was the first ever such forum held at the regional level modelled after the Global South-South Development Expo, which has been convening annually, since 2008, to document successful development solutions from the global South and promote their replication and scaling up to meet common development challenges.

“We are proud to have hosted this landmark gathering,” said HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani, Assistant Foreign Minister for International Cooperation Affairs, State of Qatar. “We see the great success of the Expo, only as a beginning of concerted follow-up efforts that will capitalize on this success and institutionalize South-South Cooperation in the Arab region. We reiterate our commitment to continue to support such an endeavour.”

Practical focus: Solutions showcased, debated and transacted

The Expo focused on three thematic areas of priority to the region, but that are of global relevance as well, including youth and women’s employment and decent work, energy efficiency and renewable energy, and water and food security. Held under the motto “Solutions to Action,” the three days of the Expo included substantive deliberations; solution exhibitions; launches of cooperation-mapping and transaction-facilitating tools; and specialized solutions exchange forums.

“South-South Cooperation is not an alternative agenda to the MDGs or the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Agenda, currently under debate even though it can help us shape global development priorities” stresses H.E. Zsolt Hetesy, Vice-President of the United Nations General Assembly High-level Committee on South-South Cooperation. “Most importantly, South-South Cooperation adds a practical and vital tool to our global toolbox to proceed deliberately and effectively towards shaping our common development future.”

More than 500 delegates from 45 countries examined and exchanged views on evidence-based development solutions, platforms and mechanisms in the Arab States region and other countries that were successfully tested in addressing development challenges. The “Solutions Exhibition” featured booths for 30 organizations and showcased over 40 solutions, while 9 “Solution Exchange Forums,” presented over 60 well documented solutions from 20 countries, from the Arab region and beyond.

In addition to forums presenting solutions from the host country, Qatar, and from the private sector, the seven UN-facilitated forums included the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD); the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA); the International Labour Organization (ILO); United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women).

The forums examined and debated potentials of replication and scaling-up of successful experiences in such areas as, employment generation, supporting entrepreneurship and business development capacities for youth, women and other vulnerable groups; energy efficiency (through education, regulation and standards) and providing clean and renewable energy alternatives; water harvesting and enhanced irrigation systems to build resilience to climate change; enhanced agricultural productivity; maximizing green economy opportunities (green jobs) for youth and women; the use of cooperative, solidarity and apprenticeship schemes to enhance employment opportunities; and wastewater treatment for food security.

The Expo launched the “Tool for Mapping of South-South cooperation mechanisms and solutions in the Arab States Region,” jointly produced by the Islamic Bank for Development, UNOSCC and UNDP. The publication version of the tool documented 40 solutions and 28 coordination mechanisms of successful South-South cooperation from across the region. Those solutions and mechanisms are also entered in an online version of the tool, which aims to grow into a comprehensive repository and hub of information gathering and an avenue to easy-to-use, real-time access to tried and tested South-South Cooperation solutions and mechanisms in oreder to facilitate future networking and exchange.

Additionally, the South-South Global Assets and Technology Exchange (SS-GATE) mobilize the participation of 67 private sector entities at the Expo and organized a “Matchmaking Space” to facilitate discussions and negotiations among participants, which managed to match 8 companies representing a range of sectors including food security, water, waste management, and clean energy. Negotiations and matchmaking continued over the three days and will be followed-up beyond.

The Expo also witnessed the launch of a large project employing South-South Cooperation modalities to strengthen Somalia’s education and health care infrastructures, and improve the livelihood of thousands of displace, unemployed men, women and youth through skill development, entrepreneurial training and micro-grants. The project combines forces of the Government of Somalia with the UN Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and the Organization of Islamic Cooepration.

South-South Cooperation for Development taking hold in the Arab region

The First Arab States Regional South-South Development Expo came as the fruit of a strategic partnership between the State of Qatar, UNOSSC and UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Arab States.

“The dedication that we have seen over the three days of this Expo reminds us that the nations of the Arab region and the world can and must seek human progress as a common cause,” said Mourad Wahba, Deputy Regional Director of the United Nations Development Programme-Regional Bureau for Arab States. “We thank the Government of Qatar for generously hosting this event as yet another sign of extraordinary commitment and leadership to development cooperation, across this region indeed beyond. We look forward to continued collaboration with Qatar to build on the solid foundations laid here in this Expo.”

The Expo facilitated the building of many bridges of South-South Cooperation in several areas. It initiated bilateral partnerships and opened doors of assistance to solution providers to expand their operations to other areas of the Arab region. For example, the Small Scale Wastewater Treatment Plants project from Palestine has started collaboration discussions with organizations in Qatar and Jordan; the Egyptian Businesswomen Association and Afro-Arab Network for Women Empowerment offered to train women and youth entrepreneurs through their Training and Business Development Centre and Incubator. They announced that they will be holding a joint conference on South-South cooperation for Economic Empowerment for Women and Youth in April 2014.

Participating UN Resident Coordinators agreed to establish thematic working group to coordinate inter agency and joint work on South-South Cooperation, while representatives of regional UN entities agreed to set-up a regional mechanism for enhancing South-South Cooperation, including the facilitation of grants.

While many of the presented projects in the different areas generated some debate about feasibility of replication and scaling-up they only resulted in initial commitments during the sessions. Convening agencies committed to ensure follow up on these commitments and explore the possibilities of their further materialization into specific collaboration projects.

In his closing remarks, Yiping Zhou, Director of the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation emphasized that “this pioneering Expo has provided extremely rich regional perspectives on South-South cooperation and how it can help achieve development results.” He added “It is my task now, through my Expo report, to make this regional voice heard globally, not only conveying it to the UN Secretary General, but through him to the General Assembly deliberations on the Post-2015, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Agenda, which will shape our futures over the next decades.”


For further information, please contact:

The Secretariat of the First Arab States Regional South-South Development Expo

UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States – Regional Centre in Cairo,

United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation – Arab States Division

CEDARE Building, 2 Hijaz Street, Roxy, Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt

E-mail: ssc(dot)arabstates(at)undp(dot)org

Web site: http://doha.Southsouthexpo.org


Noeman AlSayyad, Media Relations Coordinator for the Expo

Regional Communication Advisor, UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States – Regional Centre in Cairo,

E-mail: noeman(dot)alsayyad(at)undp(dot)org        

Mobile phone: +20 0181 1876

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Wellframe Partners With South Shore Hospital to Increase Patient Engagement and Access to Life Saving Cardiac Rehab Programs

Boston, MA (PRWEB) February 10, 2014

Wellframe, a Boston-based company that combines mobile devices and artificial intelligence to amplify caring relationships by engaging patients in personalized care plans, today announced that the Wellframe Mobile Platform for Care Management and Patient Engagement has been integrated into the cardiac rehabilitation program at South Shore Hospital. The platform is being utilized by clinicians to extend services to cardiac rehab patients in between rehab visits. The Wellframe’s mobile platform integrates mobile technologies with artificial intelligence to allow clinicians real-time interaction with patients on such topics as daily exercise completed and planned attendance at cardiac rehab. This improves patients’ adherence to the care plan, and fosters mutual communication and transparency between clinician and patient.

South Shore Hospital, in conjunction with Brigham Women’s Hospital, conducted a pilot clinical trial using Wellframe’s mobile platform. The clinicians saw a significant increase in patient retention and compliance with cardiac rehab care plans among those patients who utilized Wellframe’s mobile platform. This is important because nationally less than 25% of the 2 million patients that are eligible for cardiac rehab participate, despite evidence indicating that these types of programs have been shown to reduce risk of 5-year all-cause mortality by over 25%.

“We are thrilled with the impact that implementing the Wellframe platform has had on our clinic and the quality of care we are able to provide to our patients,” said Karen LaFond, Nurse Manager at South Shore Hospital and Co-President of the Massachusetts Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. “Wellframe’s mobile care delivery platform has helped us lower the barriers to participation in our cardiac rehab programs. This has enabled our staff to better serve patients who would otherwise not have been able to attend the programs as often in person because of conflicting obligations, such as work or family responsibilities. We see this type of technology as the future of long term care for people with heart disease.”

Following a cardiac event that led to surgery in order to implant stents, Dr. Michael Thomas, DDS was referred to the South Shore Cardiac Rehab program, where he joined the Wellframe pilot clinical trail. “My goal going into the program was to learn what I was able to do and what limitations I might have. They went over eating habits and working with a heart condition, including what to do and what not to do,” Dr. Thomas said. “I found the Wellframe app really helpful. The app kept reminding me of what to do, got me in a routine and got me in the habit of taking my meds.”

The Wellframe Mobile Platform for Care Management and Patient Engagement enables healthcare professionals to reach and engage more patients in a more effective and efficient manner. “By better connecting patients and clinicians, we give clinicians unprecedented insight into what and how patients are doing day-to-day, and help patients feel cared for after they leave the hospital and between visits to the clinic,” said Jacob Sattelmair, CEO Wellframe. “Our aim is to use technology to amplify human care in ways that improve outcomes for patients and reduce costs for healthcare stakeholders bearing risk.”

“After I had my procedure, I followed all of the directions that they gave me at the clinic. I had no goal in mind except to get better- and they told me I would,” said Arthur O’Leary, a patient in the South Shore Cardiac Rehab program. “I had to change my diet to low fat and low salt, and regularly exercise. You have to be vigilant and diligent as far as your diet and exercise. Wellframe is a great reminder and helped me a lot. No question about it that those reminders pushed me. I enjoyed using it and found it easy to use.”

The company has also expanded its clinical program offerings into numerous other clinical conditions including CHF, COPD, hypertension, diabetes, mental illness and others. Wellframe’s mission is to enable clinicians to more effectively manage the moments between a patient’s direct interactions with the healthcare system in order to help patients feel better connected with their care team and to receive clinical support on a daily basis.

“Wellframe is all about connecting people – people wanting to give care and people needing care,” said Trishan Panch, MD, MPH, Wellframe Chief Medical Officer. “In clinical practice we have only been able to connect with people in person, which is not always convenient, or by phone, which is impersonal and often inefficient. The Wellframe platform brings the richness of an in-person clinical encounter right into patients’ pockets. Clinicians and patients develop closer, longer-lasting relationships, leading to significantly improved outcomes.”

For more information on Wellframe, please visit http://wellfra.me/.

About Wellframe

Wellframe is a Boston-based Health Technology company that combines mobile technology, artificial intelligence and human-centered process design to connect people and amplify care. Wellframe’s Harvard and MIT trained team is supported by investors and advisers who are successful leaders in enterprise health and tech. Wellframe has completed successful clinical trials with top-tier academic medical centers and is partnering with leading risk bearing entities.

For more information, visit http://wellfra.me/.

About South Shore Hospital

South Shore Hospital is a 378-bed, not-for-profit, tax-exempt, charitable provider of acute, emergency, outpatient, home health, and hospice care to the people of Southeastern Massachusetts. South Shore Hospital’s home care division includes South Shore Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice of the South Shore, and Home & Health Resources. The hospital’s 900-member medical staff represents all leading medical specialties. South Shore Hospital employs 3,800 people, supported by a team of 700 volunteers. South Shore Hospital is licensed to provide Level II Trauma care and Level III Maternal/Newborn care. South Shore Hospital has been ranked among the top three hospitals in Massachusetts, according to the 2012 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals report and named a Top Place to Work by The Boston Globe. Please call (781) 624-6673 or visit southshorehospital.org for a referral to a South Shore Hospital physician.