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AfricaCO2 wins price with Detection-, Monitoring-, e-Learning-, Quality Insurance-, Auditing-tool for the Medical Landscape, to help out with Climate Change Adaptation - surviving invasive parasites/germs/fungi/bacteria killing humans or devasting food crops.

posted Apr 28, 2011, 1:50 AM by Sven AERTS   [ updated Dec 12, 2013, 5:34 PM ]
During 2011 EU Sustainable Energy Week - sort of the Open Doors of the EU Directorate General of Energy, Climate Change, and Environment - AfricaCO2e was a well noted participant in several sessions.
Herewith a report on our interventions on examples of what could be financed with the "Climate Change Adaptation Fund":
Excellencis.org, a web-based e-learning platform, auditing and quality insurance tool used by government and over 17.500 medical doctors and other specialists in the medical sector in over 30 countries in 3 continents ...

What is the problem?
Due to Climate Change, parasites/fungi/germs/bacteria all of a sudden see places far away fit to thrive.  The local farmers/universities/vets/medical sector is not familiar with the symtoms and comes to wrong conclusions.  As we don't care so much about food, this is where the sector that is first harmed, resulting in a complete destruction of all food crops. e.g. no more potatoes, or no more sugar cane, or all trees of a specific genus & specimen have to be cut and burned.  Result: skyrocketing prices for e.g. potatoes.  By the time the seriousness of the problem is recognized, the climate conditions make that the parasite dissapear and stays away for e.g. 3 years, untill the conditions are favorable again.  Meanwhile interest and attention has faded again, and everybody is again taken by surprise 3 years later, this time killing even those that managed to live on their financial reserves through the crisis 3 years earlier.  Local agro-knowledge is lost and so long food-security.  You can think of a same scenario for parasites/germs/bacteria/fungi that infect and kill humans.  At the place where the parasite/fungi/germs/bacteria originally come from, the local farmers, vets/agro-engineers/doctors, universities, ministry of food & agriculture or Ministry of Health know very well what to do, it was just a matter of bringing the knowledge fast enough to the right place.  
This is what the Excellencis tool is offering: 
Imagine the doctors/farmers notice that some strange disease that's killing all of their crop/making all of their kids sick.  The local doctors are not familiar with the symptoms and images because the disease normally cannot thrive in their climate.  Due to the global climate destabilization, diseases pop-up at unexpected places.  How to respond? How to protect your society?  The doctors that spot the unusual desease signal this through the excellencis tool. Immediately the issue is escalated to the university specialists who are subscribed to the excellencis web-based platform, which allows them to share the online images and description with other specialists.  Soon, one of their colleagues, maybe some 750 km away immediately recognizes the patterns and images as it is a disease that is originally from their region.  The professor/doctor/vet immediately uploads a learning module via the web-based excellencis tool, with pictures, video's, voice, background lecture and an evaluation/exam form: imagine here 2 very similar pictures of blood samples, 1 with the real parasite, 1 with something very similar.  What additional questions are you going to ask the patient? What additional analysis are you going to perform? The pharma-sector has uploaded the latest medicines against the parasite: it is e.g. tuberculosis and the normal drug normally helps, but in this case it is tuberculosis of type y and not tuberculosis of type x, and since drug x has been given, of course it doesn't help, so the wrong conclusion by the treating doctor was: it's not tuberculosis after all.  My patient is probably depressive... If he'd given drug y, problem would have been solved.  Now precious time is lost, in case of the potatoes, the parasite might have had the time to devastate a very large region, in case of the patient, the person might have died.
Thanks to the excellencis web-based tool, all stakeholders have been mobilized and been able to play their role in parallel and in a coordinated way: the agriculture/doctor signalled the problem to his university colleagues, who pin-balled it in their networks, identified how speedy the fungi could spread, immediately alarmed the ministry who have the excellencis controll panel on their screen.  The ministries have a screen with lines and columns for every stakholder: federation of farmers/doctors, universities, laboratories, pharma industry, pharmacists, etc. The universities can change their rectangle from green to orange to a red rectangle that blinks, signalling the ministry something is happening.  Clicking the rectangle immediately gives an overview of what is happening, where, consequences, contact details of the laboratory that's working on it.  The ministry can immediately impose that a certain learning module be learned by the local doctors and pharmacies.  The learning module that has been uploaded by a doctor/university 750 km away who is very familiar with the desease.  Doctors that follow the learning module receive an incentive or it is just compulsory to keep that year's licence to be allowed to practice their profession.  The pharma industry has uploaded a special module fo rhte pharmacists with the latest drugs.  Supplies are checked. Within 4 months the whole medical/agro sector is aware of the problem and can effectively start implementing action: for that year the crop is lost, all potatoes have to be burned, all fields disinfected, contact has been made with a university 750 km away that has a variety of potato that is resistent to the parasite and that potato will be cultivated at lab scale, sewed at a lab-field and transported in bags to the local agricultures to multiply and in 2 years have a revenue from a new type of potato and over 5 years the original variety can then be restored and re-planted.  A similar scenario can be developed for fungi/bacteria that kill humans.
The implementation of this quality insurance and response system could be financed by the Climate Change Adaptation fund as it helps your local population to ADAPT = be better equipped to resist, adapt and survive the calamities of a Global Climate Destabilization.
The system is now in place in over 30 countries and some 17.500 doctors and pharmacists are subscribed to it.

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