This World Diabetes Day, hear from Kanga Account Manager and Type 1 Diabetes patient Ed Snook on what he has learned about his own condition by leading co-creation workshops with diabetes patients.
Co-creation workshops enable Kanga to hear about patients’ real needs and design truly useful diabetes management tools. Ed says leading these has opened up his eyes to the huge amount of research being done, as well as the possibilities for new kinds of treatments that are just around the corner. Read more about Ed’s experience on the Bytesize Pharma blog.
Breast cancer is by far the most common cancer in women worldwide. When detected early, with adequate diagnosis and treatment, there is a good chance of recovery. But late detection often means curative treatment is no longer an option, and palliative care to relieve the suffering of patients and their families is needed.
The WHO highlights that the majority of deaths from breast cancer occur in low- and middle-income countries, where most are diagnosed in late stages due to lack of awareness about early detection and barriers to health services.
The vision of Breast Cancer Now is that by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live. Find out more about their research and how you can be ‘breast aware’ at https://breastcancernow.org.
1. Knowing I can count my team as friends and not just colleagues
2. Seeing patients benefit from a solution that I’ve been directly involved in
3. I love that I get to do technical work like video editing and get ‘in the zone’
4. Such diverse and fun colleagues and clients
2. The flexibility I have to work at home and do part time hours – it’s great for the children
4. People are supportive and have a sense of humour, and that’s when I’m at my most creative
5. When I see pharma folk relax and have fun in our digital training courses
7. I can trust my colleagues to get the job done
8. I love having the Air Hockey table in the office
9. Kanga Day is a good chance to have a laugh with colleagues from across the globe
10. Working on our pro bono project is very rewarding
Thanking our collaborator patients this Urology Awareness Month
This Urology Awareness Month, Kanga would like to express our gratitiude to all the patients and healthcare professionals who shared their experience with us in workshops and helped to co-create Ipsen’s Feel+ service for men with prostate cancer on hormonal therapy. It has now been expanded to over 14 countries globally and is helping thousands of people thanks to your insight.
Diseases and cancers of the kidneys, bladder, prostate and the male reproductive system are becoming more prevalent and devastating the lives of millions. 1 in 2 of us will be affected by a urology condition in our lifetime. You can act by joining the Big5 challenge and helping to raise money to research urological cancers: https://www.theurologyfoundation.org/get-involved/urology-awareness-month
Kay enjoyed checking in with some pharma pioneers who are starting to wake up to the need for a global approach (London, 25 June)
A main message of the conference was simple, yet still not practised by many: you need a global strategy and framework for Social Media engagement. MSD and Pfizer are leading the way here.
An interesting shift: some in the industry are realising the power of their workforce. The most innovative companies are finally starting to ‘trust’ employees and let them Tweet/post about work topics – with clear guidelines, of course.
Not many people except for Kay were Tweeting from the conference – we at Kanga are questioning whether pharma can do social media well if we don’t act as engaged members of our community.
Guts4Life Iran in Farsi has just been launched for Ferring Pharmaceuticals.
Designed and built by Kanga, Guts4Life is Ferring’s award-winning digital support service for people with IBD. The Farsi-language Guts4Life.ir is the latest in 16 local-language editions of the global service.
Designed as a ‘trusted friend’ rather than a medical place, Guts4Life provides credible disease information and tools designed to help facilitate the doctor-patient relationship. Last year, it won Silver in the PM Society’s Most Effective Patient Programme award.
Kanga has supported Ferring Pharmaceuticals to launch FeelPlus.co.za, the fully localised South African version of the global Feel+ program for prostate cancer wellness.
The Feel+ program, developed in conjunction with Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc, and created in its digital form by Kanga, was shortlisted for ‘Most Valuable Collaboration’ in the eyeforpharma awards 2018 for the tangible difference it makes to the lives of prostate cancer patients both in the short – and long-term. It has been launched in 7 countries to date.
It is now being launched in South Africa and nurses from all over the country have attended workshops to plan its implementation with their patients.
A big welcome to Becky Belton in her interim role as Kanga's Commercial Director!
Becky has taken on this job to support our rapid growth as a number of new clients partner with Kanga. Becky is an award-winning multichannel marketing leader and has long been bringing strategic digital excellence into her work with Kanga clients. Since joining the Kanga family, Becky has led a number of digital strategy projects for global pharma brands. She has been a leader of training and capability initiatives as part of a major ‘big pharma’ digital transformation programme. In this role Becky will be responsible for client financial management and strategic account management as well as Kanga marketing and business development.
Eyeforpharma Barcelona took place last month and was the biggest yet. Read the thoughts and observations of our CEO, Kay Wesley, in this blog post. Get her view on the hot topics at the conference, including pharma’s role in the future of healthcare, patient centricity and collaboration, and the state of strategic digital transformation.
Today at Kanga we welcome a new team member: Digital Production Executive Adam Holmes.
Adam has a great eye for design and an interest in video production and eLearning as used in blended learning programs. He has worked on web design and digital video with Nottinghamshire County Council on an Occupational Therapy awareness project. He has also been involved in several voluntary projects using digital design and videography skills to advertise trending products for social media. He loves music, beer festivals and gaming!