Afghan Public Health Ministry employees attend seminar in Astana

Afghan Public Health Ministry employees attend seminar in Astana

April 6, 2018

ASTANA – Afghan public health workers arrived in the Kazakh capital April 2 for a two-week capacity-building seminar on maternal and child healthcare organised by the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The inaugural panel session was attended by top-ranking officials from the Foreign Affairs and Healthcare ministries, UNDP representatives and Japanese and Afghan embassies, reported the foreign ministry press office.

The seminar is in line with Kazakhstan’s official development assistance to Afghanistan and is aimed at strengthening maternal and child healthcare in the Central Asian region. More than 80 percent of the participants are women.

Afghan health care specialists will become acquainted with the Kazakh healthcare system, focusing on child and maternal health and the organisational structure of prenatal centres. The sessions will include visits to the prenatal care and obstetrics and intensive care departments at the National Research Centre for Maternal and Child Health.

Lectures will be dedicated to technological advancements in treating obstetric complications during pregnancy and childbirth and medical support for newborns in rural areas. Minister of Healthcare Yelzhan Birtanov and professors from Nazarbayev University will be among the speakers, with the nation’s leading research university serving as the main base.

Transferring Kazakh healthcare experience to Afghan women will be the country’s important contribution to the efforts of the world community to help further develop Afghanistan.

Kazakhstan has long been engaged in strengthening Central Asian cooperation and actively supports Afghanistan in developing public life. The first leg of the current programme, capacity building training in government management and education for Afghan government workers and NGO representatives working in the country, was held last July. Twenty-four individuals took part in that programme, gaining experience from their respective Kazakh colleagues.

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Kazakhstani researchers, Oxford to start joint Global Healthspan Extension Initiative project

Kazakhstani researchers, Oxford to start joint Global Healthspan Extension Initiative project

September 15, 2017

20170915183906ASTANA. KAZINFORM - Today, National Laboratory Astana at Nazarbayev University hosted the III International Scientific Conference "Personalized Medicine and Global Health." Well-known researchers of leading universities and centers of near and far abroad, representatives of the state and commercial organizations of education and public health of Kazakhstan attended this year's conference, Kazinform has learnt from the press service of the National Laboratory Astana at Nazarbayev University. 

Among guests and speakers of the conference were Richard Barker, professor and founder of the Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Medical Innovations (CASMI) of the University of Oxford, Avi Roy, president of the British Foundation for Biogerontology Research (BGRF), Valery Benberin, Head of the Medical Center of the Presidential Administration of Kazakhstan, Ilya Stambler, representative of the International Association for Aging (IAD, Israel), Almaz Sharman, President of the Academy of Preventive Medicine, Adesida Ilesanni, provost, Nazarbayev University and others. The purpose of the conference was to develop the international cooperation in the joint innovative research and breakthrough scientific developments in the field of advanced multi-mode biomedicine technologies and to discuss the prospects for creating innovative products based on them to preserve and improve the health of the population of Kazakhstan.

Participants discussed the possibilities and problems of genomics in general, bioinformatics and the application of new technologies in practice. According to Zhaxybay Zhumadilov, Director General, National Laboratory Astana, personalized medicine in general will improve medical care, increase its safety and profitability. "Personalized medicine is based on the peculiarities of the genetic profile of a particular patient and allows to predict the occurrence of diseases, conducting timely prevention and assuming the active solidary participation of the patient. When a team of specialists, including doctors, bioinformatics, IT specialists, biologists, geneticists, use information about the human genome, molecular markers of specific diseases when targeting therapy, the effect of treatment increases dramatic. We very much hope that the implementation of such approaches in the long term will contribute to significant cost savings, but at the first stage of the introduction of personalized medicine, the health care costs will significantly increase due to the introduction of new high cellular and gene technologies, which is the main barrier for its full implementation," noted Zhaxybay Zhumadilov.

Within the framework of the conference Richard Barker, Avi Roy, Ilya Stambler and NLA scientists held an official press briefing, where they told about joint participation in the Global Healthspan Extension Initiative project that aims to strengthen the foundations for quality longevity. This project is aimed at the implementation of innovative technologies to expand the boundaries of healthy productive longevity of the population. To date, the Global Healthspan Extension Initiative has already attracted interest from a number of biotechnology companies from the U.S, the UK, Norway, Sweden, France and Germany, which are considering prospects for cooperation in the field of research on quality longevity.  

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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PHYSICS ‘HEAVY–ION INERTIAL FUSION HIF 2016’ KICKS OFF

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PHYSICS ‘HEAVY–ION INERTIAL FUSION HIF 2016’ KICKS OFF

July 18, 2016

The best minds in the field of fusion physics were brought together in Astana. The largest scientific conference opened at the Nazarbayev University. They will discuss the creation of an ideal energy source resulted from the fusion. This is the 21st conference, whereas the first conference gathered scientists in the United States in 1976. The talks about fusion and the problems of its implementation on an industrial scale are being carried out every two years.   Alexander TIKHONOV, PROFESSOR, NAZARBAYEV UNIVERSITY:   Thermonuclear fusion has many sub-tasks. We will address one of them here, which is useful for fusion. We will specifically develop diagnostics, plasma physics, there is a lot of work to do therefore it has several subdivisions.  

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