Cancer mortality rate in Belarus drops 12% in 2011-2015
In the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, Belarusian oncologists have reached the level of the world's leaders in this area. This issue is still relevant for Belarus: 270,000 patients are registered throughout the country. However, today - on World Cancer Day - doctors state that cancer mortality in Belarus has decreased by 12% over the past five years. Such success has been achieved thanks to modern equipment and the introduction of new methods of treatment.
Belarus reaches zero balance between birth, mortality rate for first time since 1993
Belarus has reached zero balance between birth rate and mortality rate for the first time since 1993, according to Vasily Zharko, Minister of Health. The successful implementation of demographic security programs, technical re-equipment of maternity hospitals, and improvement of professional skills of the staff has contributed to the achievement of these results.
Flu epidemic not expected in Belarus in 2016
Flu epidemic in Belarus is not expected, doctors forecast in 2016. Over the past seven years, the number of flu diseases has decreased in 52 times thanks to vaccination.
In 2016, flu shots were used by more than 40 percent of Belarusians, which is the best result not only of the post-Soviet space, but also in the European Union. For comparison, in Ukraine the number is only 0.3%.
In Belarus, the peak of the disease usually comes in late January and early February.
What is so appealing in Belarusian health resorts?
The tickets to the holiday centres by the river Neman are sold out despite the winter season. Furthermore, one third of holidaymakers are from abroad. Why are western visitors lured to Belarusian health resorts?
Lyubov Kopteva from Moscow Oblast came to the Neman recreation centre for the first time. She claims her friends have spent several vacations here, and rumour mill is known to be the best advertisement.
Unique development of Belarusian scientists: anti-cancer wipes
Innovations in pharmacology. Belarusian scientists have developed a unique anti-tumor drug that is 60 times cheaper than foreign analogues.
The drug allows doing chemotherapy of the brain locally, which greatly increases the chances of a complete cure of patients.
List of paid medical services for Belarusians reduced
The Council of Ministers has reduced the list of paid medical services for Belarusians, reads the relevant government decree, which came into force today, on January 11. It excludes from the price list of public health institutions a number of positions.
This applies mainly to the activities of sanitation services. Now a number of laboratory tests will be performed on a free basis. In addition, consultations of medical specialists on ensuring epidemic well-being and a healthy lifestyle were excluded from the list.
Renovated sports complex in Uruchcha neighborhood to open in March 2016
Two swimming pools, a gym, sauna and spa will be available in the renovated sports complex in the Uruchcha neighborhood, which is going to reopen to welcome the first visitors in March 2016. Minsk residents and guests will be able to use the whole package of services: all kinds aqua procedures, fitness classes, aerobics, football and table tennis.
Belarusian healthcare system more effective than that of Russia, USA
Belarusian health care system works better than that in the United States and Russia, according to the American agency Bloomberg.
The rankings takes into account 2015 data and includes countries with a population of more than 5 million. The experts also took into account the purchasing power and longevity.
Hong Kong became the leader of the list. In the first five are also Singapore, Israel, Spain and South Korea. Belarus is in 47th position.
Belarusian surgeons operate on girl with Larsen syndrome
Belarusian surgeons have operated on a girl with Larsen syndrome. This is a disease of the cardiovascular system. It occurs rarely: one in 15,000 cases. The operation involved the American scientist and cardiac surgeon William Novick, who annually comes to our country.
For 19 years, he has advised on difficult patients. The renowned doctor noted significant progress of Belarusian colleagues.
Private medical centers in Belarus allowed to issue medical certificates
Private medical centers in Belarus have been allowed to issue sick leave certificates.
This is determined by changes in Belarusian legislation. They will take effect from February 2016.
From that moment, doctors who carry out consultations and work in emergency rooms, diagnostic centers and centers of sports medicine will be eligible to issue sick leave certificates.
Belarus equipped to treat HIV positive patients, deputy health minister says
The number of people infected with HIV is rising in Europe. As many as 142,000 cases of HIV infection were registered last year. On 1 December, World AIDS Day, the World Health Organization notes that this rate has been the highest since the first registration of the infection in 1980.
Over 15,000 cases of HIV infection are registered in Belarus today.
Young Eurasian Scientists Forum opens in Minsk
Belarusian youth is increasingly becoming interested in science. The evidence of this is the increase in the number of innovations and attention to them on the part of foreign colleagues. To establish closer contacts hundred participants from 12 countries of the CIS states as well as Turkey, Germany and Slovakia gathered in Minsk on December 1.
Belarus, Russia working on new drugs for premature babies
Belarusian scientists together with Russian colleagues will be engaged in the development of drugs for premature babies.
For a long time, experts have been working on getting one of the major proteins found in breast milk.
Today we can already talk about the unique technology. Lactoferrin will be the basis of drugs to be used in dentistry, gynecology and the treatment of skin diseases. Powerful antimicrobial and antiviral activity of the protein will create a good medication basis for nursing babies born prematurely.
Belarusian scientists present device restoring brain functions without surgery
A genuine breakthrough has happened in the world of science. Belarusian scientists presented a device that helps to restore brain function without a surgical intervention. The apparatus turns stem cells into neurons, which can be implanted in a human body. The new technique has already showed good results in various tests and, moreover, it is has been approved by the Ministry of Health.
Belarus wants to restore economic growth
The Council of Ministers wants to restore the Belarusian economy's growth as soon as possible. Ensuring macroeconomic stability is the main goal of the government and the National Bank.
The government, at its November 17 meeting, also touched upon the development of Belarusian pharmaceutical industry. By the end of 2015, Belarusian drugs should account for 50% of all medicines in monetary terms. The pharmaceutical industry also faces significant goals regarding innovation, import substitution and production volumes increase.
Belarusians visit medical institutions twice as often as Europeans
It turns out that during one year, Belarusians visit medical institutions twice as often as Europeans, but it happens not because they fall ill more frequently. The fact is it is far more difficult to make an appointment with a medical specialist in Europe.
Experts emphasize that these days cutting-edge technologies are available even in small Belarusian towns.
Alexander Lukashenko sworn in as Belarus President (inauguration speech)
The newly elected President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko officially took office on November 6. The inauguration attracted the attention by novelties in the procedure. In the Palace of Independence, the Belarusian leader was sworn in in civilian clothes, and then appeared in State Flag Square in a military uniform.
According to the Constitution, the President shall take office only after taking the oath. The ceremony, under the law, should be held no later than two months after the elections.
WHO conference signs Minsk Declaration
Europe has found and signed a recipe for health development in Europe. The Minsk Declaration may become the main international instrument in this area over the next five years. This is the result of the conference of the World Health Organization, which ended today in the capital of Belarus.
World Health Organization notes successes in Belarus' medicine
The World Health Organization notes significant achievements of Belarus in medicine. This was one of the topic of the October 21 meeting between the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, and Director of the WHO Regional Office Zsuzsanna Jakab.
It is Mrs Jakab’s second visit to Belarus and the first meeting with the Belarusian head of state.
Belarus' healthcare developments presented at international exhibition in Minsk
European countries have shown great interest in the WHO Ministerial Conference in Belarus. Already registered are about 200 participants. Among them are representatives of ministries, health organizations, and UN agencies. This will be the first such conference in Belarus.
Meanwhile, in the wake of the main conference, Belarus presented its health care developments together with eight other countries at an international specialized exhibition featuring about 100 exhibits.
Director of WHO Regional Office for Europe to visit Belarus
Director of the WHO Regional Office for Europe to visit Belarus. Zsuzsanna Jakab will take part in the conference of the World Health Organization, which is to open in Minsk this Wednesday.
Also, the Belarusian capital will be visited by come Health Ministers of the Member States of the European Region of the WHO, senior officials, key partners, experts from international and intergovernmental organizations. All in all, a few hundred people.
Belarus President opens PET facility at Centre of Oncology and Medical Radiology
Belarus has entered the age of personalized medicine. On October 7 the President of Belarus attended the ceremony to open the National center of positron emission tomography (PET). It will be open in Borovlyany near Minsk, at the National Center of Oncology and Medical Radiology named after Alexandrov.
The growth of cancer illnesses is observed in all European countries, including Belarus. Belarus in recent years has managed to reduce mortality from this dreadful disease.
Belarus’ doctors and health care policy. CTV's documentary "I Am Walking Across The Country"
Faster, higher, stronger! We live in the country where the legendary Olympic motto can be heard even on an ordinary stadium. Not without reason it is said, life is movement. Perhaps, that’s why Belarus’ bicycle lanes are so busy even on weekdays and ice rinks are so popular in the summer. Our health is in our hands. But there is a reliable safety net. The documentary "I Am Walking Across The Country" goes about doctors, about those who are said all over the world - "They work wonders".
Vitebsk surgeons transplant 73-year-old patient's aorta
Transplant surgeons from Vitebsk have made a real breakthrough. They transplanted aorta. Previously, it was done only in Minsk.Vitebsk surgeons saved the life of a 73-year-old patient who was admitted to the regional hospital in serious condition.
Eight years ago, he got an artificial aortic prosthesis. But a few years later, his body began to reject it and only a donor artery was needed. The patient received the biological material. The man is now in a stable condition.
Darya Domracheva donates funds raised by Race of Legends to Belarusian children's hospice
Belarusian star biathlete Darya Domracheva transferred funds from the sale of tickets for Race of Legends for the construction of Children's Hospice. On September 12 Raubichi hosted truly historic races in which former stars of the world biathlon featured. The symbolic ceremony was held in Borovlyany, where the three-time Olympic champion and winner of the Big Crystal Globe gathered all those who believe that if a child cannot be cured, it does not mean that they cannot be helped.
Belarusian doctors develop unique recovery methods for children with disabilities
Belarusian doctors have developed unique methods of recovery for children with disabilities. Hundreds of children each year undergo an individual course of recovery in the Republican rehabilitation center.
After rehabilitation according to a new method Maksim, who earlier had problems with the hand, is now thinking of becoming a professional footballer.
Maxim Golovatsky:I became more confident, I am recovering. My dream is to become a great football player.
Belarus alarmed by counterfeit alcohol flooding domestic market
The illegal trafficking of alcohol, increased imports and reduction in domestic production were central topics of the August 20 meeting hosted by the Belarus President. He criticized the hesitancy of the government in taking measures to protect the domestic market from low-quality products.
Experts urge to cancel home tasks in Belarusian schools
In school without stress. Education experts urge Belarusian education authorities to allow school students to spend more time on physical education. To this end, they offer to cancel home tasks at school in the future.
This will enhance the effectiveness of school education and reduce the burden that often does not correspond to norms. Not every child spends less than two and a half hours to do homework.
Belarus Interior Ministry notes calm, peaceful atmosphere during presidential election
In connection with the presidential elections in Belarus, police and Interior Ministry troops will be on high alert from 5 to October 12.
All polling stations will be patrolled 24/7 after the ballots are received. On the whole, public order protection will be especially tight.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs noted that law enforcement agencies are fully prepared for an adequate response to any challenge during the 2015 presidential campaign. Emergency Ministry will also be on alert.
Belarusian surgeons create unique method of treatment of children's esophageal burns
Belarusian surgeons have discovered a unique method of treating burns of the esophagus. In general, experts call this problem one of the most pressing in children's surgery. Belarusian equipment and technology has become one of the best in the former Soviet space.
Christina received burns of the esophagus after a few sips of alkali.
Kristina Shpak:I did not know what was in that bottle. I was four years old. I thought it was lemonade and drank it. First it was quite OK but then my mouth began to burn.
Oncology Center in Minsk: Linear accelerator, the only one in the post Soviet space
Minsk's public health sector is in step with the times. A linear accelerator, recently installed in the oncology center, (by the way, the only one in the CIS), has already given a chance to tens of patients with a tumor to a new and healthy life.
Maximum accuracy and maximum effect - these are main characteristics of the new linear accelerator for radiation therapy. This machine of the latest generation appeared in the City Clinical Oncology Center about two weeks ago, but it has already helped more than a dozen patients.
Belarusian surgeons preparing for unique surgery to help newborn girl
Belarusian surgeons are preparing for unique surgery, which should help a newborn girl. The baby cannot eat independently because of congenital malformation of the esophagus.
The Centre of Pediatric Surgery has many examples when young patients with complicated diagnoses have a chance to recover. For example, in 2015, the center's surgeons performed an operation on the child weighing a little more than a kilogram. In the CIS, almost no one does this.
Belarusian surgeons perform unique surgery to remove a tumor in newborn's heart
Belarusian surgeons performed a unique operation to remove a tumor in the newborn. The boy was diagnosed with pathology when he was still in the womb. The tumor struck the child's heart.
The boy was successfully operated on the second day of life.
The difficulty was that the tumor had penetrated into the very tissue and its amount almost equaled to that of the organ. The surgery took 3.5 hours. Small Makar is already preparing for the transfer from the ICU to the hospital.
Cigarette packs now hidden from Belarusian shop counters, cafes
Cigarettes have disappeared from shelves of Belarusian shops. It is now forbidden to display tobacco products on shop shelves as well as in cafes and restaurants.
Cigarette packs will be replaced with price lists containing the brand, price and country of origin of the goods.
Shops that violate this requirement, which came into effect on July 1, will be punished with a fine of up to 9 million rubles.
This measure is in force in many countries, including Australia, Canada, the Netherlands and Russia.
Deputy Premier: Belarus' social security system up and running
The government has provided the stable functioning of social services. This was announced on June 30 by Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Natalia Kachanova. In particular, she stated that the state fully complies with all its social obligations: payment of pensions, allowances, stipends and salaries to state employees.
Belarus earlier adopted a program of targeted social assistance. Over the past three months, about 70 thousand people have received it. In August and November, the minimum social pensions will increase.
International cardiology conference held in Minsk
Doctors and scientists from Belarus, Russia and Canada gathered in Minsk on May 19 to exchange experience. Cardiologists, general practitioners and internists met to share practical experience.
The main topic for discussion was the possibility of increasing the length and quality of life of patients with cardiovascular disease.
Belarus named the most favorable country for maternity in CIS
Belarus is ranked the best country in the CIS in the ranking of countries that are favorable for maternity. In the world ranking, Belarus is 25th, ahead of Russia and the United States.
The annual ranking is published by the international humanitarian organization "Save Children". It takes into account indicators such as maternal mortality and mortality of young children, schooling duration as well as women's income.
Electronic prescriptions in Belarus by 2016
Electronic prescriptions will be introduced In Belarus in 2016. The innovation will solve the problem of queues at polyclinics.
Doctors plan to create hospital records in digital format, too. They will replace paper documents and collect facts about human health throughout his life.
It is assumed that in addition to doctors, patients will also have access to their medical cards, though limited. They will be able to see, for example, test results or diagnoses and, if necessary, print them at home.
Belarusian doctors perform unique operation preventing chronic otitis
For the first time in the CIS. Belarusian doctors performed a unique operation that prevents chronic otitis. The new method gives a chance for people suffering from obstruction of the auditory tube.
Belarusian physicians are expanding the use of German technologies, which allows curing chronic diseases. This means that now they can cure hearing loss. In the future, experts plan to teach foreign colleagues this method, reports the CTV program News 24.
What can make Belarusian medicines more popular?
President Lukashenko on Friday dedicated a meeting to the topic of Belarusian medicines. Belarus started to produce its own drugs in large quantities to replace imports and earn currency in neighboring markets. How does this happen and what can come of it? Anastasia Ivannikova found out.
What is "Today and Tomorrow" of Belarusian pharmaceuticals?
Belarus supplies about 40% of domestic drugs to foreign markets. Our main customers are the countries of the former Soviet Union and even the United States.
Belarus to create eye bank by end of 2015
There are plans to open an eye bank in Belarus in 2015.
It will allow doing planned surgeries to the patients with cornea diseases.
We are talking about a medical institution, which will search, prepare, store and distribute tissues for transplantation.
At present, Belarusian doctors widely use surgical techniques in plastic cornea surgeries.
Minsk Oncology Center promises new methods of tumor removal by May 2015
World Cancer Day 2015 is being marked on February 4. According to leading oncologists, every effort is made to reduce the number of patients. New treatments and special equipment are being developed. In Belarus, not only because of early diagnosis, but also new methods of treatment, the death rate from cancer is reducing.
Minsk Cancer Center staff believes that the equipment of the past cannot fight against the challenges of the future. And now they are installing unique equipment. It allows carrying out high-precision radiation therapy.
Belarus' pharmaceutical market estimated at about $1 billion
The pharmaceutical market in Belarus is now estimated at about one billion U.S. dollars. Half of this money should be earned by Belarusian producers.
Such plans were voiced at the December 19 international pharmaceutical forum held in Minsk.
Development and production of foreign analogues requires huge costs.
To attract investors, Belarus needs to modernize the existing production facilities and create new businesses.
Belarus President presents state awards
The President of Belarus presented state awards on December 17. The ceremony in the Palace of Independence brought together those who were named best of the best in their fields. These are doctors and teachers, artists and the arts, servicemen and athletes.
Overall, the list of awardees includes 40 people.
The President said that Belarusians are thankful to those who work hard and constantly makes our life better.
Belarus-Russia breeding transgenic goats as part of interstate project
Last week, the Union State of Russia and Belarus turned 15. The treaty was signed on December 8, 1999. Since then, the integration has gone much further. Now the two countries are implementing a number of joint projects. One of them is the breeding of transgenic goats.
Here it is - goat number 1. It is the first transgenic goat in the world. This goat was born seven years ago. Natalia, a researcher at the laboratory of reproduction and genetic engineering at the Belarusian Academy of Sciences, says the kid's birth was a sensation for the scientific community.
New drug dispensing rules in Belarus cause public discontent
A resolution on the new rules of dispensing drugs was discussed at the December 9 meeting of the Belarus President with the Health Minister Vasily Zharko.
The President drew attention to the supply of drugs to pharmacies and hospitals, adding that Belarusian medicines must be of a high quality.
The officials also discussed the quality of the provision of medical services.