Technology for Health: A Letter Of Thanks

Dear Friends,

This past week, our long-time partner ORTEC received the prestigious ‘Technology for Health’ Award, from the hands of Her Excellency Madam Ngema-Zuma, the First Lady of South Africa, as part of the Global Business Action on Health Awards for the support they’ve shown North Star in developing our electronic health passport system, “COMETS”. Madam Ngema-Zuma gave a wonderful speech praising North Star’s work to an audience of over 400 business leaders from companies such as Chevron, Coca-Cola, HP, and AngloAmerican plc, as well as important multilateral organizations including the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, PEPFAR and the United Nations community.

It was wonderful recognition for one of our strongest and most loyal supporters, ORTEC. And it was an important indication of just how impressive our COMETS system is. Of course, it was also an acknowledgement that the work North Star staff and partners are doing on a day-to-day basis is not going unnoticed. People are very interested in what North Star is doing, and every time we tell our story the number of potential Alliance Members grows.

As I listen to the achievements of other organizations many times our size, I am once again reminded of how North Star continues to “punch above its weight”. The impact we have for an organization of our size is truly remarkable. I see it as a demonstration of the professionalism and dedication of our entire team, our network of partners, and of the growing group of supporters around the world who follow and share our story with others. To each of you, I would like to express my gratitude, and thank you for making North Star the wonderful organization that it is. As we continue to grow, and expand the reach of our “Blue Box” clinics across Africa, I hope that each of you will continue to be involved in what I believe is truly an exciting and impactful initiative.

Thank you again,

Luke Disney
Executive Director
North Star Alliance


  1. Congratulations to the teams at ORTEC and North Star who have worked to create and develop COMETS over the last few years. This award was truly well deserved.

  2. Congratulations to a company well deserved. I was privileged to work with ORTEC on the COMETS system and we always received the best attention. Making a diffrence is not always easy but this shows that its possible. Thank you to everyone that made it happen

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