Luke International invited a delegation from South Africa to visit Oslo during the 27th of September to the 1st of October 2015 and had a fruitful exchange of information and promising visit that hint more successful co-operations in the future.

The purpose of the visit was to strengthen the relationship of Luke International’s co-operation with the Department of Health of the Province of Eastern Cape and Walter Sisulu University in Mthatha disttrict.

The delegation from South Africa was led by Dr. Pumza Patricia Dyantyi, Minister of Health for the Eastern Cape Province, accompanied by Dr. Patrick Hawkins Maduna, Deputy Director General of the Department of Health, Ms. Nqabakazi Gcanga, secretary of Dr. Dayantyi, Dr. Wezile Chitha, Dean of Faculty of Health and Science, Walter Sisulu University and Dr. Itumeleng Funani, Director of the Albertina Sisulu Centre for Global Health and Research, Walter Sisulu University.

The Country Representative of LIN in South Africa, Dr. Chia-En Lien and board members of LIN in Norway first welcomed the delegation during a morning meeting on 28th Setp. and later that afternoon the delegation visited the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation for further discussions.

The party also made a visit to the University of Oslo in which they visited the Institute for Informatics, Institute for Health and Society and met with the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ole Petter Ottesen. Further schedules were made to visit the Diakonhjemmet Hospital, where the party met CEO Idar Magne Holme of the Diakonhjemmet Hospital, University College CEO Mr. Anders Mohn Frafjord and Mr. Rector Ingunn Moser of Diakonhjemmet University College for a study visit. During the study visit the delegation were presented with the study and development of the hospital management systems (electronic patient record systems, queue management systems, etc.) and training of health care professionals (medical school and hospital based) at the university.

This was a successful exchange visit and both parties are looking forward more collaboration in near future!