Yale’s Minja bringing interventional radiology training to Tanzania

These figures show a radiograph taken during transarterial chemoembolization for cancer of the liver

After leading the implementation of a Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) to dramatically improve access to medical imaging in his home country of Tanzania, Dr. Frank Minja at Yale School of Medicine (YSM) is working alongside residents and faculty from Yale and other institutions to establish a three-year longitudinal program in Tanzania geared at training radiology residents, nurses, and technologists in interventional radiology.

Interventional radiology (IR) is a versatile and minimally invasive procedure that allows doctors to treat complex medical conditions and diseases through a tiny incision in the skin. IR was initially developed as a subspecialty of diagnostic radiology and has been an established clinical specialty in the United States, Europe, and East Asia since the 1960s, with an estimated 3,000-4,000 practicing IR physicians in the United States alone. However, in most of the world, especially in countries with limited resources like Tanzania, there is little to no access to the numerous benefits of IR because few doctors in those countries have been trained to use it.



A Designer’s Approach to the Cape Town Water Crisis

Cape Town has water problems. Essentially a massive oasis in the desert, the city’s water supply has been drained in recent years by drought and population growth. For a while this year, Cape Town seemed destined to reach “Day Zero,” when the taps would run dry and people would need to stand in line for drinking water. Strong seasonal rains helped push back the date to 2019, but restrictions limiting personal consumption to 50 liters per day remain in effect.

The city has tried a variety of techniques to encourage people to conserve. A class of Yale students has been testing a new approach: design. Led by Jessica Helfand, lecturer in design and management, Yale SOM and Yale School of Architecture students spent the spring semester approaching the water crisis the way a designer would, with an emphasis on collaborating and fostering innovation. Throughout the semester, the course built toward the Cape Town crisis, culminating in a trip to South Africa for a week of on-the-ground research. Split into small groups, the students studied different parts of Cape Town’s civic life—a luxury hotel, a poor township, a wealthy suburb, hospitals, and elder care homes. Back at Yale, they presented their ideas for moving the needle a little more toward conservation. For example, the students working with the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel suggested playing off a series of historical cartoons hung in the five-star hotel with a version stressing short showers and other water-saving actions. The team whose project was based in a wealthy suburb proposed covers that could turn ubiquitous swimming pools into water storage tanks or aqua gardens.



Beinecke Library to honor South African leader Nelson Mandela on July 18

A quotation from Nelson Mandela carved on the granite wall north of Yale's Beinecke Library.

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, a leader in the South African liberation struggle, his nation’s first black president, and a Nobel Peace Prize winner, among other accomplishments, was born on July 18, 1918.

In commemoration of the centennial of Mandela’s birth, the Beinecke Library will have on view, in temporary exhibition cases on the mezzanine, three items related to Mandela from the Yale University Manuscripts & Archives and its collections from July 13-July 23.

All are invited to a Mandela Day celebration on Wednesday, July 18, at 4 p.m. to hear songs and some recorded words of Mandela, along with cake and light refreshments.


“Africa Salon” Brings Culture & Art from the Continent to Yale

Africa Salon is Yale’s signature African arts and contemporary culture festival. Held every year in April, this year’s event featured panels on the politicization of black hair, African representation in superhero comics and movies, a performance by a prominent African LGBTQ activist, a food tasting with “did you know” cards for each dish, a dance class taught by a popular Nigerian choreographer and dancer, and more.

The Making of Tunisian Foreign Policy

Tunisian foreign minister Khemaies Jhinaoui was left in the dark when a delegation of parliamentarians visited Syrian president Bashar al-Assad

The unprecedented mass protests throughout the Middle East during 2011’s Arab Spring had limited effect on most regimes. Only Tunisia successfully ended authoritarian rule, but democracy remains a work in progress. Parties, aligned with powerful neighbors, have failed to provide ideological and policy coherence. A coalition between the two dominant parties has led to conflicting stances and disarray in Tunisian foreign policy on issues like the Syrian civil war. Amina El Abed, director of communications for OXCON Frontier Markets and Fragile States Consulting, details the intricacies of Tunisia’s politics and the multiple actors claiming a foreign policy role. “The pattern of hesitation and timidity is telling not only about the internal struggle but the lack of a vision for Tunisian foreign policy, which is troublesome, especially in the volatile Middle East,” she writes. Adoption of a foreign-policy framework could minimize confusion. Coherent, unified policy could encourage Tunisians’ engagement in the democratic process, strengthening the nation and wider region. – YaleGlobal

Ken Ofori-Atta ’88 Is African Finance Minister Of The Year

Ken Ofori-Atta Is African Finance Minister Of The Year

Ghana’s Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta has been awarded the prestigious African Finance Minister of the year at the Annual African Development Bank (AfDB) Meeting in Busan, South Korea.

The award follows Ghana’s recent macroeconomic performance.

Recognised as Africa’s most results-oriented Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta’s prudent economic management has boosted confidence and optimism in Ghana’s economy – hauling it out of a deeply pessimistic economic outlook from a little over a year ago.

Investor confidence in Ghana has been bolstered with the country’s strong showing in its recent bond issuance, which raised US$ 2.0bn in 10-year and 30-year Eurobonds of $1.0bn each.