World AIDS Leaders Talk in Terms of Cures, By Ramon Dos Santos
An Overview of Midras Partners for Business, By Ramon Dos Santos
At the 2012 International AIDS Conference, hosted in the United States, researchers and health policy experts discussed the disease in terms of curing it rather than merely preventing or treating it.
This tone marks a shift from recent years, when AIDS experts seemed wary of promising too much or speculating beyond the bounds of what scientific data suggested. One of the biggest hurdles to achieving major progress, according to speakers at the conference, is government willingness to put preventive measures in place as needed.
Another hurdle, ironically, is the progression of medications. As antiretroviral drugs allow people to live longer with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, the opportunities to spread the virus increase. In 1990, fewer than 10 million people worldwide had HIV. In 2010, the count had risen to more than 30 million.
Still, efforts from health organizations around the world aim to fight the disease and improve the lives of those who become infected.
About Ramon Dos Santos
A Brazilian entrepreneur and businessman, Ramon Dos Santos founded Neofarma, a medical supply organization that facilitates the logistics and supply of AIDS treatments to Angola. His efforts are part of a larger movement to bring better health and sanitary conditions to the people of Angola.
Angolan Delegation Makes Positive Report on Economy By Ramon Dos Santos
With offices in São Paulo and Luanda, the capital of the Republic of Angola, Midras Partners for Business has spent the last 10 years developing and directing several health care facilities across Angola. Most recently, the company sponsored the Luanda Medical and Diagnostic Center, a high-end facility designed to serve upwards of 500 patients daily. Midras plans to expand the center to include a 155-bed general hospital by 2013.
Over the years, Midras has contributed significantly to Angola’s health initiatives and generated numerous jobs for local residents. The company commits itself to training locals, creating a significant local talent pool while boosting the Angolan economy by providing competitive wages. Within the health care sector, Midras also plays a role in wholesale and retail trade, cultivating partnerships in the technology and financial services sectors, as well as the political realm.
About the Author:
A Partner at Midras Partners for Business, Ramon Dos Santos has worked with the company since 2002. Additionally, Ramon Dos Santos possesses experience in the pharmaceutical and real estate sectors.
At the 13th United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Angola’s Minister of Commerce reported that the country has outperformed other nations in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. While many countries saw their economies shrink in the year following the crisis, Angola’s grew by 2.9% in 2009. The country’s net international reserves, a measure of its central bank’s assets versus its obligations, have grown significantly as well, from USD $12.6 billion in 2009 to USD $21.4 billion in 2011. The minister explained that her country’s investments in economic, physical, and social reconstruction have allowed it to maintain growth while continuing its struggle against poverty and hunger.
About Ramon Dos Santos:
As a Partner in Grupo Midras, Ramon Dos Santos sets the strategy for his company’s investment in Angolan businesses. Grupo Midras, which focuses primarily on Angolan health companies, works to help the Angolan economy grow through generating jobs and incubating new firms.