Our priority is to help reduce disparities for the underserved by ensuring access to quality care and by supporting disease prevention and awareness programs to help patients reduce their risk for chronic illness.
Boston Scientific in South Africa
Boston Scientific has been operating in South Africa since 1997 and has deepened its commitment to the African healthcare sector with the opening of the South Africa branch of the Boston Scientific Institute for Advancing Science (IAS) in Johannesburg. The state-of-the-art facility is one of eight Boston Scientific IAS facilities around the globe with the purpose of helping to train and further develop the skills and knowledge base of local healthcare professionals. With local thought leaders and experts as faculty, the facility will also help meet training needs of the other African nations.
“We believe that the training healthcare professionals will receive at the Johannesburg IAS will help broaden the understanding of life-saving medical device technologies and ultimately benefit more patients. South Africa is an important market in our ongoing global expansion, and a key focus area for investment in the region.” said Mike Mahoney, president and chief executive officer, Boston Scientific.
In addition, Boston Scientific will be collaborating with Project HOPE, a global health education and humanitarian assistance organization, to assist with the screening of South Africans for diabetes and hypertension. Project HOPE is one of the largest non-governmental organizations providing screenings as part of the National Department of Health’s goal of screening eight million South Africans for non-communicable diseases in 2016.
Cork Green Team Partners with Grow It Yourself
Boston Scientific Cork’s Green Team has partnered with Grow It Yourself (GIY), an emerging global network of people who grow some of their own food.
With the rise of diet-related illness, there has never been a more urgent need for people to grow and eat healthy food. Research has shown that when people grow some of their own food, they gain a deeper understanding of food (“food empathy”), which leads to long term dietary changes and improved mental and physical wellbeing.
As part of this partnership, the Green Team have constructed timber raised beds at a local day care centre for those with special needs. So far, Green Team volunteers, with the help of Grow It Yourself, have constructed and filled four raised vegetable beds in the centre’s grounds and have put in place a volunteer schedule for the rest of the season.
In addition to building vegetable beds, the Green Team members are taking a proactive approach in helping the carers and residents of the day centre understand how to care for the raised beds and how to maximise yields and sustain growth for years to come so that the centre will have a fresh, organic supply of vegetables.
Boston Scientific Supports
Pancreatic Cancer Research
With only a 6% five-year survival rate1, pancreatic cancer is the 4th leading cause of cancer-related death1 and Boston Scientific is committed to changing this alarming statistic. In support of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, Boston Scientific will donate 1% of WallFlex™ Biliary RX Stent and Expect™ Needle sales in November to The Lustgarten Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the scientific and medical research related to the diagnosis, treatment, cure and prevention of pancreatic cancer.
To learn more about ongoing initiatives by the Endoscopy Division, please visit www.bostonscientific.com/EndoCares.
To learn more about WallFlex RX Biliary Stents and Expect Needles, two product lines used to help diagnose and treat the symptoms of pancreatic cancer, please visit www.bostonscientific.com/Gastro.
1The Lustgarten Foundation: www.lustgarten.org
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Join Us to Raise Awareness About Stroke on World Stroke Day
The World Stroke Organization and Boston Scientific partner to raise awareness about stroke.
Each year, around 17 million people across the globe suffer from a stroke, with life-altering effects on both those who are affected and those closest to them.1