King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre Leading Health Sector Transformation in Saudi Arabia

King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre Leading Health Sector Transformation in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, May 09, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Harvard University — Eight years into Vision 2030, Saudi Arabia has made significant strides with digital innovations and enhanced access to quality care. Strategic investments in infrastructure, technology, and talent, have led to advancements revolutionizing patient care delivery and elevating the standards of healthcare locally. These efforts have notably raised the average life expectancy, reduced mortality rates, and enhanced overall well-being across the Kingdom.

Central to these achievements, King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre (KFSH&RC), renowned for its specialized care and treatments across critical fields such as oncology, cardiology, organ transplantation, and genetics has positioned itself as a leader in specialized patient care, taking the charge towards a brighter, healthier future for the Kingdom. Through its commitment to pioneering digital health initiatives, comprehensive educational programs, and novel research endeavors, it is reshaping the local landscape, and setting new standards of efficiency and accessibility.

In an era defined by technological advancements, and with the Kingdom’s push towards digitalization, KFSH&RC stands at the forefront of digital health integration among its local peers, leveraging cutting-edge telemedicine services, virtual consultations, and AI-driven tools such as the ANFAL AI System that transforms patient outcomes through predictive insights and personalized care, ensuring the best outcomes for patient satisfaction.

KFSH&RC’s digital health initiatives extend to addressing broader health threats through technologies such as Whole Genomic Sequencing (WGS) and Advanced Radiation Therapy. The hospital has also pioneered organ transplantation by performing the world’s first fully robotic liver transplant and introduced to the region innovations like the Harmony Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve (TPV), enhancing patient recovery and experience. These technologies facilitate personalized treatment plans and improve the accuracy and speed of medical diagnostics, contributing significantly to the elevation of patient care standards and a sustainable, resilient healthcare infrastructure in line with the objectives of the Health Sector Transformation Program.

KFSH&RC continues to push the boundaries of medical research addressing pressing health challenges and contributing to Saudi Arabia’s public health landscape, with discoveries like the PfAP2-MRP gene crucial for malaria treatment and the identification of the new Riyadhensis bacteria strain. These discoveries have not only improved diagnostic accuracy but also facilitated early interventions, ensuring timely and effective patient support, in line with the national objectives to reduce chronic disease prevalence.

These comprehensive efforts are supported by KFSH&RC’s robust educational initiatives, which prepare the next generation of medical professionals through training programs and international collaborations.

Recognized by ‘Brand Finance’ in 2024 as the most valuable healthcare brand in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East for the second consecutive year, placing 9th in Saudi Arabia and 28th in the Middle East. Additionally, KFSH&RC stands out as the only hospital worldwide to be ranked among its country’s top ten most valuable brands.

About King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre (KFSH&RC):

King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre (KFSH&RC) stands as a leading healthcare institution in the Middle East, envisioned to be the optimal choice for every patient seeking specialized healthcare. The hospital boasts a rich history in the treatment of cancers, cardiovascular diseases, organ transplantation, neurosciences, and genetics.

In 2024, “Brand Finance” ranked King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre as the top academic medical centre in the Middle East and Africa, and among the top 20 globally for the second consecutive year. Additionally, in 2024, it was recognized as one of the leading global healthcare providers by Newsweek magazine.

As part of Saudi Vision 2030, a royal decree was issued on December 21, 2021, to transform the hospital into an independent, non-profit, government-owned entity, paving the way for a comprehensive transformation program aimed at achieving global leadership in healthcare through excellence and innovation.


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Curia and Carterra Partner on Biologics Symposium to Further Biotechnology Research in the Pacific Northwest

Curia & Carterra Biologics Symposium

Biologics symposium slated for May 31 in Seattle, WA

ALBANY, N.Y. and SALT LAKE CITY, May 09, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Curia, a leading contract research, development and manufacturing organization and Carterra Inc., the world leader in label-free high throughput antibody and small molecule drug discovery, today announced their partnership in hosting a high-throughput biologics symposium slated for May 31 at the Residence Inn at Marriott in Seattle, Washington.

The purpose of the collaboration is to promote the rising biotech focus within the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S and Canada. The symposium will bring together all levels of scientific leadership from the biotech and pharma communities.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Carterra to organize this antibody discovery symposium, bringing the Pacific Northwest biotech community together and sharing the latest advances in antibody discovery,” said Steve Lavezoli, Vice President of Biologics at Curia. “We are also looking forward to sharing our optimal, high-quality and accelerated antibody discovery workflows to first-to-human antibody discovery, development and clinical manufacturing. Antibodies discovered and/or engineered with Curia’s platform technology are in the clinic and we have over 230 successful antibody discovery campaigns performed for the biotech community.”

Speed, scientific expertise and efficiency can surmount the high attrition rates of early antibody discovery and achieve first-to-market delivery of new therapeutics. The symposium will highlight Curia’s technology platform and integrated services with a focus on the development of enhanced mouse systems for antibody generation and high-throughput single B cell screening. The combination of next generation sequencing (NGS) and rapid recombinant production of milligram to gram quantities of purified monoclonal antibody (mAb) significantly accelerates identification of development candidate leads.

Since 2017, Carterra has been selling its powerful LSA® high-throughput biosensor to analyze and characterize antibodies using Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR). With the launch of its LSAXT platform last year, Carterra now offers products that can perform small molecule analysis as well as antibody discovery. The LSA platform has been profiled in several peer-reviewed papers in Science, Nature and Cell, detailing the path of multiple therapeutics entering clinical trials. At the symposium, several leading scientists in biopharma will be sharing their insights into their specific areas of drug discovery and will highlight the transformative impact of integrating HT-SPR technology, AI/ML and other new technologies.

“We are excited to be partnering with Curia on our symposium. Carterra symposia are scientific events that we host each year throughout the U.S. and Europe,” stated Chris M. Silva, Vice President of Marketing and Product at Carterra. “These symposia help us to share the latest technology advancements and important data generated from the workflows of scientists using Carterra’s label-free platforms. Coming to the Pacific Northwest is an opportunity to create a deeper understanding of the technology in pharma and biotechs in this region.”

Click here to RSVP for the event. Registration is required as seating is limited.

About Curia:
Curia is a Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO) with over 30 years of experience, an integrated network of 27 global sites and over 3,500 employees partnering with Biopharmaceutical customers to bring life-changing therapies to market. Our biologics and small molecules offerings span discovery through commercialization, with integrated regulatory and analytical capabilities. Our scientific and process experts and state-of-the-art facilities deliver best-in-class experience across drug substance and drug product manufacturing. From curiosity to cure, we deliver every step to improve patients’ lives. Visit us at

About Carterra, Inc.:
Carterra, Inc. is a privately held company. Its HT-SPR technology provides large-molecule and small-molecule drug discovery customers with screening and characterization throughput and functionality that scales with omics-level applications, condensing months of work down to days. Our solutions have enabled multiple therapeutics and breakthrough research and helped academic and translational researchers and biopharmaceutical companies in oncology, immunology, neuroscience, and more.  Carterra is based in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has Customer Experience Centers in San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Boston, Manchester, England, and Munich, Germany. Carterra products are available in Asia-Pacific and Oceania through our exclusive distributor, Revvity. To learn more, visit or connect with us on LinkedIn or X (Twitter).

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State Distributes Over 1.2 Million Kilograms Of Food To Flood Affected Families

The government has distributed a total of 1,226,400 kilograms of essential food supplies consisting of rice and beans to families affected by the ongoing floods across the country.

Government Spokesperson Dr. Isaac Mwaura said that the food has been distributed to support the affected communities in Busia, Homabay, Kisumu, Machakos, Makueni, Tana River, Kilifi, Nakuru, Garissa, Turkana, Isiolo, Migori, Kajiado, Nairobi, Nyandarua, Kiambu and Muranga Counties.

Speaking in Nairobi while giving an update on the ongoing floods, Mwaura said that 30 public health officials have also been deployed for a risk assessment of all 167 internally displaced camps and evaluation of safe drinking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) points.

‘The flooding situation persists in most parts of the country, with the latest weather forecast indicating that heavy rainfall and thunderstorms will continue in 31 Counties. The affected regions include the Lake Victoria Basin, Rift Valley, Central and the Eastern regions. Occasional
rainfall is also forecasted in Nairobi and along the Coast region, affecting the Tana River, Kwale, Mombasa, Kilifi, Lamu Counties,’ explained Mwaura.

He added that Lake Victoria and Lake Baringo are predicted to continue causing backflow and flooding of the Counties in the Lake Victoria and Lake Baringo Basins.

Additionally, Mwaura said that continuous heavy rains in the Central region and the overflow of the Seven Forks Dams, pose the risk of increased flooding in the Tana Delta and the Garissa, Tana River, and Lamu Counties.

‘These unfavorable weather conditions continue to impact varied sectors of our economy including transport, housing, education, health and agriculture. We are equally saddened by the rising death toll and we send our sincere condolences to the affected families and friends. As of today, we are mourning the loss of a total of 257 lives with 14 adults and the 5 children reported dead in the last 24 hours. A total 188 people have been injured, while 293, 661 people have been affected a
nd 54,837 households have been displaced,’ said Mwaura.

He said that 61 health facilities have been affected in 11 Counties and crops on approximately 9,816 acres of land have been destroyed.

‘A total of 44 cholera cases have been reported so far, with the Ministry of Health together with the Kenya Red Cross conducting medical outreach programmes as well as cholera control and other waterborne diseases in Tana River and Marsabit Counties,’ said Mwaura.

The government spokesperson said that several wash away incidents have been recorded, with adverse impacts on railway lines and train operations. This include the section between Thika and Nanyuki as well as within the Chemelil and Kibigori railway section on the Nakuru- Kisumu branch line. The Nairobi- Kisumu and Nairobi-Nanyuki long distance operations have also been affected as operations are yet to resume. Repair works are currently ongoing, with the Kenya Railways Authority targeting to open the affected lines by the end of May 2024.

‘Additionally, 192
dams have been identified as high risk, following a national assessment of all dams. Consequently, varied evacuation exercises are being undertaken across the country, following a 24-hour evacuation notice, which was effective on May 2nd, and which was issued to settlements in 33 counties that are within 178 of high-risk dams and water reservoirs,’ explained Mwaura.

He said that in Nairobi County, the households residing within the 30 meters riparian corridors and other water causes, are currently being evacuated for their safety and evacuation notices have also been given to all the residents in the areas prone to landslides and mudslides.

‘Further notices have been given to those in the sections within the drainage pathways of the Kenya railway tunnels, to give way for the rehabilitation of the railway infrastructure,’ said Mwaura.

He continued… ‘There are a number of search and rescue operations that are ongoing across the country, to relocate the affected individuals to higher ground and to provide the
affected households with medical and related assistance.’

Mwaura added that the County governments, Kenya Defense Forces, Kenya Coast Guard Service, Kenya Wildlife Service and the Kenya Red Cross have responded to emergencies and successfully evacuated residents in Kisumu, Narok, Machakos, Nakuru and Tana River Counties.

‘We nevertheless, advise all Kenyans to stay safe and to adhere to the weather forecast and evacuation notices that are being provided by the government and other agencies. The affected individuals and families can also reach out for assistance through the emergency toll free line 0800721571,’ said Mwaura.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Ethiopia, OHCHR Stress Need to Continue Collaborative Working Relations

Addis Ababa: State Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia Ambassador Mesganu Arga received today at his office Representative of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) for the East African Regional Office, Marcel Clement Akpovo.

On the occasion, the commissioner appreciated the support of the Ethiopian government in carrying out his duties.

The State Minister highlighted the government’s various initiatives that helped change the livelihood of many Ethiopians in a number of sectors.

Some of these initiatives are testaments to the government’s commitment to protect the rights of its people, Ambassador Mesganu said.

The two sides noted the need to continue collaborative working relations on human rights issues, according to Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

NG-CDF Committee Commends Kirinyaga ICT Hub

The National Assembly committee on National Government Constituency Development Fund (NG-CDF) has commended the Kirinyaga Central ICT Hub for the service it offers to the youths amid a myriad of challenges.

The over 100 seater hub currently offers Ajira training program and platform to access internet free of charge to many youths from Kirinyaga central, parts of Ndia and Gichugu constituencies due to its proximity to the two neighboring constituencies

The committee were on parliamentary visit to check on how best they can assist the hub through the NG-CDF fund to cater for expenditure and expanding the facilities across all wards.

The Committee was led by Dagoretti North MP Beatrice Elachi who revealed that some of the challenges ranging from poor internet connectivity, outdated desktops and small numbers of facilities in region.

‘We decided now to agree that the Constituency Development Fund can assist the different hubs that we have in terms of paying the current expenditures that they face, which was
a challenge before. So, the challenges of the internet, the challenges of having desktops, the challenges of even having one center in Kirinyaga need to be looked into considering the President insisted that you must take hubs to the ward level,’ Elachi said.

Elachi added that after listening to proposals from various centers, they would make recommendations that will assist all hubs countrywide to do better and improve the capacity to accommodate the growing number of youths that are enrolling in online jobs.

The legislator further challenged the ministry to provide the necessary equipment as the NG-CDF will do its part without failure.

‘But I want to ask the Ministry, in all these places we’ve gone, if there’s anything they are requesting, kindly, if it is something you can do, do it for us’

Another committee member Joshua Mwalyo (MP Masinga) said the ICT hubs are game changers in this era where job opportunities are scarce.

Maria Lekuloto, board member, NG-CDF board noted that some centers in the coun
try are not working because of the challenges that has been raised before especially the recurrent expenditure, but the current proposal by parliamentary committee will give them power to cover some expenditures

Beatrice Elachi, Member of National Assembly select committee on NG-CDF, addressing media outside Kirinyaga Central ICT Hub in Kerugoya.

‘We are aware that many of the innovation hubs around the country are not operational because of some challenges that we became aware of a long time ago, like for example the issue to do with the recurring expenditure of running the innovation hubs. But at that point in time we didn’t have anything to do about it because our hands were tied due to the guidelines or the requirements of the Act. But I want to appreciate our National Assembly Select Committee on NGCDF because they have really worked hard to ensure that that is now changed in the Act so that we are able to cover the operational or the recurrent expenditure of running the ICT hubs,’ Lekuloto said

She w
as impressed by the coming together of all the stakeholders, the National Assembly Select Committee, the Ministry in charge of ICT and the board, saying it will ensure that each and every of the stakeholders do their part to make sure that we operationalize this hub so that our students can benefit.

Kirinyaga Central ICT Hub Center Manager Albert Miano said the major challenges include the internet downtime, fluctuations of the internet. Power blackouts, more blackouts. The other challenge is few desktops and laptops in the center.

Winfred Chege, a beneficiary of a hub and currently a trainer, said freelancing is the best source of income, flexible and easy to get global clients.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Digital Telethon to Raise 50 Mil Birr For Clean Ethiopia in Ten Hours to Be Held on Sunday

Addis Ababa: A ten hours period digital telethon will be launched on the coming Sunday to raise 50 million Birr for Clean Ethiopia campaign initiated by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

It is to be recalled that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed recently unveiled plans to construct modern, clean and dignified public restrooms, with a strong emphasis on community involvement in their construction.

The initiative, named ‘Clean Ethiopia,’ includes a fundraising component under the theme ‘Clean Cities – Healthy Lives.’

Accordingly, a digital telethon for ‘Clean Ethiopia’ has been officially launched on April 28/2024.

The objective is to solicit both cash and in-kind contributions for the construction of these public facilities.

Office of the Prime Minister disclosed that ‘This Sunday, May 12, 2024, we will launch the 50million Birr in a 10hr period digital telethon challenge for CleanEthiopia.’

Together we can make a meaningful positive impact, the office stated, inviting all to join the challenge for Clean Ethiopia on M
ay 12th.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency