Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Angola's First Satellite

Angola’s first communications satellite, AngoSat-1, will be launched into orbit in November 2016 to provide telecommunication services throughout the country, announced Aristides Safeca, State Secretary for Telecommunications. This will be the first satellite operated by an African nation and will have a lifetime of 15 years.
The project contract was signed in 2009 by Angola and a Russian consortium which included- Rocket Space Corporation Energiya (RSC), Telecom-Projeto 5 and Rosoboronexport companies. The construction began in November 2013.
With an investment of over USD 403 million, Angosat 1, will provide Angola with communications and digital terrestrial services, replacing the current analogue system along with telecommunication, internet and e-government services. While 31% of the construction work has been completed, the satellite will be fully operational by the first half of 2017. (NexTv)

Monday, March 2, 2015

CEML Doctor Reaches Medical Milestone in Angola

Dr. Steve Collins is the CEML Hospital's resident ophthalmologist. 

Born in Angola to Canadian missionary parents, Dr. Collins
began ministry in Angola as a certified general-internist doctor. Realizing the great need for ophthalmology expertise in Angola, in 1995 he received training in cataract surgery in Nigeria and South Africa.  

In his 20 years of ophthalmic work in Angola, Dr. Collins recently completed his 20,000th cataract surgery on an Angolan patient!  Actually, all his cataract surgeries were performed on Angolan patients.   The amazing and mitigating fact in this feat is that Dr. Collins recently passed 76 years of age and performed all the surgeries by hand under a microscope; he has not used any of the new laser equipment. 

This is an amazing medical ministry to Angolans and one can imagine the impact that this one person has had on the lives of so many Angolans across the country.   Dr. Collins always maintains that it is a great privilege to minister here and admits that he is often challenged spiritually by the godliness of his Angolan patients.

Dr. Collins continues on in his ophthalmology work, committing 2 weeks per months at the CEML Hospital and the remainder of the month at remote outpost clinics using a portable operating theater to conduct cataract surgeries. In these remote conditions, during his 2 week outpost visits, he will perform 300 - 400 eye consultations and 50-60 cataract surgeries on average.   Dr. Collins will seek to retire soon and CEML will be looking to replace him with a new ophthalmologist.