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TVSG featured on KAET, in 'State Press'


December 02, 2009

Two recent media reports included information about the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law's Technology Ventures Services Group (TVSG), in which ASU students provide legal and business consulting services to Arizona entrepreneurs.

On Wednesday, Nov. 25, KAET Channel 8's "Horizon" host Ted Simons interviewed Kigabo Mbazumutima, a TVSG client and founder of the non-profit Africa Health New Horizons. Mbazumutima grew up in the Congo and has long had a dream to bring medical care to his homeland. He became a doctor and for a time practiced medicine in West Africa, but he put his dream on hold to help his sister and her 10 children who had been resettled to Phoenix from a Congolese war prison.

After arriving in Phoenix, Mbazumutima modified his dream and decided to bring modern medical equipment, supplies and facilities to the Congo and Rwanda and to grow a network of medical mentors and trainers to train healthcare professionals there. The TVSG prepared and filed the articles of incorporation, navigated complicated IRS regulations on nonprofits and drafted bylaws for Africa Health New Horizons.

"The TVSG took all my story, everything I was telling about my dream, and they found a way, a professional way to make my dream become an official non-profit," Mbazumutima told Simons. "We discussed things like we were all part of one team. I didn't feel like a client, and I didn't see them as a service provider."

To watch the full interview, click here.

Mbazumutima and Eric Menkhus, the TVSG's director and a Clinical Professor at the College of Law, were featured in an ASU State Press article on Tuesday, Dec. 1, titled "Physician hopes to improve Congo's health care system." Menkhus told reporter Michelle Parks that he was drawn to the project partly because of its focus on technology.

Mbazumutima said medical technology is a key to developing a system for diagnosing and treating medical problems in Africa.

"Right now, it's just the best guess of the doctor; they are treating a broken bone without X-ray machines. All they've got sometimes are the stethoscope and arm cuff (for blood pressure)," he said. "It's important that we give doctors access to medical technology so they can provide better care."

To read the full article, click here.

Janie Magruder, Jane.Magruder@asu.edu
(480) 727-9052
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law