Melinda Gates pledges $560m for third world contraception
Melinda Gates pledged $560 million yesterday to a campaign which will allow women from some of the poorest countries in the world to access contraception.
Unveiling her plans at the London Summit on Family Planning, Ms Gates joined the British and U.S. government in pledging to the cause, which aims to extend family planning services to 120 million women around the world who want, but cannot get access to contraception.
According to organisers of the summit, there are around 220 million women around the world who want reliable access to contraception by 2020. They claim that this year will see 80 million unintended pregnancies in developing countries, with around 800 women dying every day as a result of pregnancy-related complications- the leading cause of death for teenage girls in the developing world.
"When I travel and talk to women around the world they tell me that access to contraceptives can often be the difference between life and death," Gates said to Reuters.
"Today is about listening to their voices, about meeting their aspirations, and giving them the power to create a better life for themselves and their families."
It is hoped that the involvement of the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation would help ‘ratchet up’ the concern for family planning in developing countries, which has been controversial since the forced sterilisations in India in the 1970’s.
However, the involvement of Gates, a Catholic herself, has been criticised by some Catholic groups in the U.S.
It is estimated that sustaining the current use of contraceptives by 260 women in the 69 poorest countries will cost around $10 billion. The U.S. government have pledged $640 million for family planning in the next year, and pledges totaling $4.3 billion from the British government.
LG launches purpose-built smart TV for hospitals
LG Business Solutions USA has announced two new hospital TVs that are designed to improve patient management and engagement while adhering to critical safety standards for healthcare facilities.
One of the TVs is LG's biggest ever screen for a hospital - the 65-inch 4K Ultra HD model. It has LG’s NanoCell display technology, enabling it to display vivid pictures, and provides built-in support for hospital pillow speakers and embedded broadband LAN capability, so hospitals can deliver video on demand without requiring a separate set-top box in the patient room.
It also includes configuration software with an intuitive interface for setting up the TV to work in a hospital setting, plus a software-enabled access point feature that turns the TV into a Wi-Fi hotspot.
The second TV screen is the 15-inch Personal Healthcare Smart Touch TV with a multi-touch screen. It is designed to be installed on an adjustable arm for use in shared spaces or smaller patient rooms and will support LG's new, modular LG AM-AC21EA video camera, and HD video communication.
Both include support for video conferencing, and are UL Certified for use in healthcare facilities, a global safety standard. They also feature LG’s integrated Pro:Centric hospital management solutions, allowing hospitals and LG’s patient engagement development partners to personalise a patient's room, providing entertainment, hospital information, services, patient education, and more.
Additionally its communication platform makes it possible to conduct video calls between patients and clinicians or family.
“Our newest LG hospital TVs reflect ongoing feedback from the industry and include capabilities integrated to meet the unique needs of a critical market” said Tom Mottlau, Director of Healthcare Solutions, LG Electronics USA.
“Our healthcare patient engagement development partners requested an upgradable version of webOS for our Pro:Centric smart TV platform so they could more easily introduce new features for their hospital customers. For the latest versions of webOS, LG worked closely with our partners to make their request a reality and to deliver a hospital TV platform that can evolve over time.”