Healthworkers are quickly transporting medical results and treatment by motorbike, helping save lives in rural Lesotho. In the past people could wait up to two or three months for HIV and TB results and treatment in rural Lesotho. Motorcycle medics are now delivering results, samples and treatment safely and in record time.
Riders for Health is training health workers to ride motorbikes in Lesotho to be able to reach patients in remote and rural areas. Isaac Monokwa found it extremely difficult, falling off many times and almost running over his instructor. But he persevered, because he had a personal reason to succeed.
Doctors at Hammersmith Hospital in London are testing a new treatment for heart failure - numbing nerves around the kidney which cause abnormal hormone levels with electricity and radio waves pulsed through a catheter so that damaging messages can’t get through to the brain.
It currently takes 2-6 months to make an accurate diagnosis for TB and the longer the patient has to wait the more people can be infected. Scientists have developed a molecular test which gives an accurate diagnosis within 2 hours. The GeneXpert system can also detect whether or not the strain of TB is drug-resistant, which is a growing problem.
Giving birth in Haiti is risky. It has the highest maternal death rate in the western hemisphere and only a quarter of births are supervised by skilled medics. A new maternity hospital built entirely out of shipping containers, by Medecins Sans Frontieres, is providing specialist care for mothers and babies at risk.
Cervical cancer is the leading cause of death among women in Rwanda. Thousands of women never receive a diagnosis. A team of American medical volunteers is working closely with the Ministry of Health to provide a low cost alternative. The programme uses a technique called Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid - more commonly known as vinegar.