This is a tilapia hatchery run by Mr. Pandit. He produces tilapia baby fish for supplying to the farmers, who will grow them in their ponds to big sizes – to the table size. It’s a beautiful fish. All same size. Healthy.
What is the healthcare situation like in Africa? Healthcare in Africa is in a very, very poor situation. Not mainly because of lack of resource. I would say that health is not a priority of most governments. This is probably the same not only in Africa, but all over the world. But, to complicate the situation, health in Africa is developing as a private business. So called public structures are very often in many African countries, quite disgusting. Doctors consider themselves as privileged people, and they get all involved in private practice, and this is one of the main difficulties in working in Africa. Because if you provide free-of-charge healthcare, you come into conflict with this habit to privatize everything, and to ask for money for every medical service.
Q: How is the fish very important to Kiribati? A: It’s about survival. We don’t have a lot in terms of land resources. We just have coconuts. Maybe some grapefruits. We have taro, but it requires a lot of work. So, much of our livelihood is based on marine resources. So, it’s important that we look after it. And I think it’s important that what happens on the other side of the world does not affect it. And at the moment, with the carbon dioxide emissions, there has been increasing acidification of the ocean. That will affect the village of the ocean to sustain life, and in turn the ability of the ocean to sustain people like us. So, this is important.
2017 SPP laureate Dr. Gino Strada talks about the Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery and why he opened a cardiac hospital in Africa. Q: Why did you establish the Salam Centre? A: The Salam Centre opened almost 10 years ago, and was a big achievement for us, because in the world of humanitarian aid, very, very few people believed that it was possible to establish a high-standard center of cardiac surgery. It's such a sophisticated discipline. In Africa, we know that facilities are very scarce or not available at all. We proved that this was feasible, that it was possible, it will be possible to run this center for 10 years, doing thousands of operations with excellent clinical results.