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April 28, 2005
Olympus Medical Systems
Donates Endoscope System to Burkina Faso
Endoscopic Video Information System "EVIS EXERA"
Endoscopic Video Information System "EVIS EXERA"
Olympus Medical Systems Corporation (President: Haruhito Morishima) supports the Outreach Program run by the World organization of Digestive Endoscopy (OMED)*1 and the World Gastroentorology Organization (OMGE)*2 to improve medical services in developing countries through the increased use of endoscopes in screening and therapy. As part of its contribution in this area, Olympus Medical Systems will donate*3 an endoscope system worth ¥20 million, including an electrosurgical unit and endotherapy devices, to the Yalgado Ouedraogo University Medical Center*4, which is the core medical institution in the African country of Burkina Faso*5.
The Outreach Program, which has been in operation since September 2003, targets developing countries in South America, Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Each year, a hospital in one country is selected to receive a donated endoscope system. The system will be utilized to provide education in endoscopy and training for nursing and medical staffs.
Olympus Medical Systems has supported the program from its inception. In September 2003, it donated an endoscope system to the Eva Perón Teaching Hospital in Rosario, Argentina. It has also provided additional support, including equipment training and post-installation servicing.
*1  Established in 1962, the World organization of Digestive Endoscopy has members in 63 countries in Europe, the Americas and Asia.
*2  The World Gastroenterology Organization was established in 1954. Its membership consists of 50,000 gastroenterologists in 93 countries.
*3 Burkina Faso is a sub-Saharan country with an economy based on agriculture. Its capital is Ouagadougou. According to data (January 2005) on the website of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Burkina Faso has an area of 274,200 square kilometers, a population of 13 million, and a per capita GDP of $220.
*4 The Yalgado Ouedraogo University Medical Center is the core medical institution in Burkina Faso. It is an 850-bed hospital and services 1.5 million people annually.
*5 Donated items
Videoscopes (gastrointestinal videoscope, colonovideoscope, duodenovideoscope, bronchovideoscope)
Videoscope system unit (videoprocessor, light source)
Electrosurgical unit
Endotherapy devices(for gastroscopic , colonoscopic, duedenoscopic and bronchoscopic procedures)
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