The PRIMUS (Primary Ultrasound) International project is a component of the USPHC (Ultrasound Primary Health Care), within the frame of the USCME and ILCEUS development plans. It aims to make essential cost-effective primary ultrasound available worldwide throughout all the communities leaving in remote and scarce-resource scenarios (2/3 of the human being), consistently to the Primary Health Care concept developed by the Alma Ata Declaration (1976) and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (1990).
Primary Health Careis essential health care based on practical, scientifically sound and socially acceptable methods and technology made universally accessible to individuals and families in the community through their full participation and at a cost that the community and the country can afford to maintain at every stage of their development in the spirit of self-determination“ [Alma Ata Declaration, 1978].
PRIMARY ULTRASOUND represents an emerging Appropriate Technology for Primary Health Care development, as acceptable, achievable, sustainable, effective tool in improving community health status, by impacting morbidity and mortality of highly sensitive targets as mothers and children, particularly in poorly developed and scarce-resource scenarios.
In order to contribute to the UN global goal - HEALTH for ALL - WINFOCUS is developing structured pilot projects throughout Brazil, Nicaragua, Honduras, Mozambique, Lesotho, India, defining best technical, clinical and organizational protocols, to incorporated clinical ultrasound into any level of the rural and scarce-resource health care systems.
Winfocus has formally presented its vision and projects in the 2007UN High Segment ECOSOC Meeting, on July 2, 2007 (UN Palace - Geneve, Switzerland) and in the UN Connect Africa Summit, on October 28-30, 2007 (Kigali, Rwanda).
As from 2008, WINFOCUS presented several ongoing best practices during the World Infopoverty conferences and round tables dedicated to the impact of e-technologies on the Millennium Development Goals at UN Headquarters (New York City, NYC, USA):
8th Infopoverty World Conference - April 16-18, 2008 Low Cost - Smart Technologies to Fight Poverty and Save the Planet [Session: Telemedicine]
9th Infopoverty World Conference - March 18-21, 2009
ICT’s Good Use, Abuse, Refuse towards the Millennium Development Goals
[Session: Rural Development]
11th Infopoverty World Conference - March 24-25, 2011
E-services: the new paradigm for development and the achievement of the MDGs
[Session: Nations building prosperity]
On March 22-23, 2012, Winfocus will participate to the 12th Infopoverty World Conference dedicated to the topic: "Who drives the digital revolution? Development through Innovation". During the session "Promoting health for all through new technologies", Winfocus will present its cutting-edge new experiences through Brazil, Nicaragua and India.
On May 26, 2009, our faculty showed last technology and educational developments also at the Joint GAID/CSTD/ITU/WHO Panels (CSTD-12), held at Geneve UN Palace - Geneve, Switzerland), during the sessions dedicated to 'Mobile Technology, Convergence and Social Networking Tools for Development' and 'Poverty Alleviation and on Delivering Innovation in Global Public Health'.
On July 6-9, 2009(UN Palace - Geneve, Switzerland), during the most recent ECOSOC Meeting dedicated to health care technology and development, Winfocus presented the ongoing programs in Madagascar and Mozambique.
In occasion of the 14th Session of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development - May 26, 2011, focused on "Mobile Technology, Convergence and Social Networking Tools for Development and Poverty Alleviation and on Delivering Innovation in Global Public Health", Winfocus presented a workshop, hosted by the Infopoverty Programme, on "e-Services for Development"
Winfocus participation to the above mentioned UN/WHO joint commissions and meetings were mostly implemented within the INFO-POVERTY global initiative, promoted by the UN agency 'OCCAM' (www.occam.org) - The Observatory for Cultural and Audiovisual Communication in the Mediterranean and in the World - that is a non-governamental organization founded in 1997 in Milan, under the auspices of UNESCO, associated to the UN Department of Public Information, and acknowledged with a special consultative status within the UN ECOSOC.
This agency is aiming to enhance a sustainable development by the incorporation of appropriate low cost high technology innovations into daily rural life, according the Millennium Development Goals. WINFOCUS and OCCAM, within the UN Infopoverty Program, have jointly run programs and missions in Brazil, Nicaragua, Lesotho, Mozambique, Madagascar, Rwanda, India. See relevant videos on such a global Winfocus action throughout the world in the playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL01C0DCD0FC281FD6&feature=plcp.