Maternal health services in Kenya’s Samburu County has received a major boost after M-PESA Foundation constructed and equipped a new born unit at Maralal Referral Hospital.
Kamari and ZeU Crypto Networks have announced a plan to roll out a new blockchain-based identity and medical record system across the African continent.
The African Development Bank has released a $1 million grant to Uganda to help the East African country tackle an outbreak of the Ebola virus.
Egyptian e-health startup Vezeeta has raised a US$40 million Series D funding led by UAE-based Gulf Capital, alongside further investment from existing Riyadh-based investor Saudi Technology Ventures (STV).
The Republics of Guinea, Seychelles and Niger signed the Treaty for the establishment of the African Medicines Agency (AMA) to raise the of signatories number for the Treaty to 14 countries.
Sanofi is launching four challenges for African startups to find innovative solutions to improve access to healthcare and transform the health ecosystem throughout the continent.
54gene, the African genomics research, services, and development company, has announced the launch of the African Centre for Translational Genomics, an initiative established to facilitate translational genomics research by African scientists.
With support from National Institutes of Health, Michigan State University (MSU) researchers are collaborating with Kenyan institutions to develop a mobile health app for adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes.
Behind innovative mobility solutions targeting the physically disabled Kenyans is a company that has invested in modern manufacturing workshops that are designing wheelchairs specifically for the Kenyan terrain.
The Republic of Chad becomes the eleventh AU member state that has signed the Treaty for the establishment of the African Medicine Agency (AMA).
DFC, Merck for Mothers, Credit Suisse, and USAID will pursue supporting LifeBank’s efforts to expand access to lifesaving medical products namely blood and blood products for mothers in Africa.
The National Economic Council (NEC) has welcomed an urgent call from stakeholders to halt malnutrition and related issues in Nigeria.
The economy of The Gambia is losing 3.96 billion Gambian Dalasi (US$83 million) a year, about 5.1 percent of the country’s annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP) due to the effects of child undernutrition, according to a new study.
The Board of the African Development Fund (ADF) approved a $685,000 grant to strengthen Zimbabwe’s capacity to manage disaster risks.
The United States government has announced a $4.5 million donation of modern medical materials and equipment to help local health workers improve the provision of quality health services in Madagascar.
A World Bank Group delegation of Executive Directors concluded a four-day visit to Egypt and expressed its commitment to continue supporting Egypt's development priorities.
The International Trade Secretary announced at the UK-Africa Investment Summit that UK Export Finance (UKEF) has provided financing worth £620 million to support UK exports to Ghana, Zambia, Gabon and Uganda.
Amref Health Africa in Kenya, Advanced IT Solutions Limited (AISL) and Jacaranda Health have partnered in a scheme that will leverage technology to enhance blood access and reduce blood-related maternal deaths.
BroadReach Consulting has announced that Chris LeGrand will take up the position of Global Group CEO as of 1 February 2020.
RTI International has received a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support the Federal Ministry of Health in Nigeria in using an innovative supply chain platform called TraceRx.
IFC, the private sector arm of the World Bank has called on health tech innovators from around the world to bring their solutions to the East African market to meet the needs of patients and health care providers.
GetSavvi Health is an insurance provider based out of South Africa. They aim at providing affordable and quality health care services to all the people of the country.
[Malawi] World Bank economic analysis urges for more investments in nutrition for stronger human capital
Malawi’s high levels of stunting and under-nutrition have led to estimated losses of $597 million per year due to increased healthcare costs and lower labor productivity and will continue to lead to lower wages and lost economic output in the future.
In readiness for the national rollout of the Universal Health Coverage (UHC), Kenya’s Health NGOs Network – HENNET and Amref Health Africa have launched the Social Accountability Platform for Health.
The World Bank Group has endorsed a new five-year Country Partnership Framework to support Republic of Congo’s development objectives for 2020-2025.
On the occasion of her first official visit outside Europe, the new President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, announced in Addis Ababa, a significant boost to the EU's cooperation with Ethiopia.
Safaricom has partnered with the Ministry of Health and Korea Telecom (KT) to launch a disease surveillance and awareness project that will enhance the country’s epidemic preparedness and control.
The European Commission has announced €50 million to help the most vulnerable people affected by the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
IFC and IFHA-II Coöperatief U.A., a private equity fund focused on health care in Sub-Saharan Africa, launched a $115 million holding company to acquire and integrate targeted health care service businesses in East and Southern Africa.
The medical arm of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, the NNPC Medical Services, has inaugurated a state-of-the-art diagnostics laboratory.
The United States, through USAID in partnership with the Ministry of Health have announced the launch of the new USAID Digital Health Activity to continue investments in digital information solutions.
Rand Merchant Investments, through its fintech investment arm, AlphaCode, has taken a 25.1% stake in Guidepost, a high-touch diabetes health and insurtech innovator that is poised for international expansion.
Africa has grasped the Fourth Industrial Revolution, needs to improve access to finance, skills and inclusive growth, AfDb report
A report compiled by the African Development Bank reveals a continent that is embracing the brave new world of the Fourth Industrial Revolution but needs to improve access to finance, skills and inclusive growth.
The first edition of the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science South African National Programme, highlights L'Oréal’s strong commitment to South African female scientists.
The EIB has formally agreed to support membership expansion of the African Trade Insurance Agency with a concessional financing facility to cover the shareholding of three prospective members - Cameroon, Niger and Togo.
The People’s Republic of China has made a commitment to give the East African Community (EAC) 12 cars worth US$400,000 to be used in various capacity building programmes at the Community.
Commonwealth urges Southern African Health Ministers to prioritize funds to fast-track the delivery of regions' universal health coverage
Health ministers from Southern African countries have been urged by The Commonwealth to secure the political will to prioritize funds which will fast-track the delivery of universal health coverage in the region.
Nigeria’s leading e-payments company Interswitch has acquired a majority stake in healthcare technology startup e-Clat.
African Union Development Agency-NEPAD is supporting the Government of Zambia to fully operationalise the Centre of Excellence at the Institute for Occupational Health.
Kemin Industries has announced an increased partnership with ME VAC, an animal vaccine manufacturer in Egypt, to further expand the Kemin portfolio in the global animal vaccination market.
Digitisation has introduced massive changes to every industry and country. And the consumer is the key that unlocks success as individuals become more informed and increase their power by having more choice.
The International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA) has launched Global Health Progress to drive new and existing collaborations to support the SDGs.
The European Union is stepping up its support to the people of Zimbabwe with an additional €53 million in the fields of health and resilience building.
Amref Health Africa and Awash Bank signed a long term partnership agreement to work jointly towards improving the health and well-being of communities in Ethiopia.
47 countries make reforms to help farmers grow business, 4 African countries among top improvers, World Bank
Four countries in Sub-Saharan Africa are among the top ten reformers worldwide promoting favorable regulations for farmers in the areas measured, a report issued by the World Bank finds.
ASCM (the Association for Supply Chain Management) has announced it has received a grant from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of US$560,000 from the US State Department to support WFP’s innovative fish farm in Algeria’s Tindouf refugee camps.
Novo Nordisk, a global healthcare company headquartered in Denmark with more than 95 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care has opened a regional office in Nairobi, Kenya.
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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is proving to be a key technology in delivering improved customer experience and exceeding customer expectations
[Angola] Drought and commercial cattle farming exposes tens of thousands to devastating hunger, Amnesty International
Tens of thousands of pastoral farmers who have been driven off their land to make way for commercial cattle ranches have been exposed to a greater risk of hunger and starvation as drought grips southern Angola.
Malawi receives $13.2 million for sustainable fisheries, aquaculture development and watershed management project
The African Development Bank Group has approved a $13.2 million financing package for a fisheries and aquaculture development project in Malawi.
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The Global Fund and Orange have signed a partnership deal to develop innovative e-health solutions to reduce the prevalence of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in Africa.
Pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim has collaborated with Kenyatta and Strathmore Universities to launch the Making More Health Venture4Change idea competition.
Eni, Government of Angola deepen cooperation for efficient and sustainable access to energy resources
The President of the Republic of Angola and the CEO of Eni met in Luanda to discuss new community development initiatives that would contribute to the carbon neutrality of Eni's activities in the country.
The European Union (EU) is providing €9.5 million in humanitarian funding to the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) in South Sudan to provide food and nutrition support.
His Excellency Mr Festus Gontebanye Mogae, third president of the Republic of Botswana has been inaugurated as the first Chancellor of Amref International University (AMIU).
The UK Secretary of State for International Development announced a new UK aid package that will help mobilise £500 million in private sector investment and create 50,000 jobs across Sub-Saharan Africa.
The U.S. Government is providing nearly $257 million in additional humanitarian assistance in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 to help the people of the Federal Republic of Somalia in Mogadishu.
GE Healthcare has announced the appointment of Maria do Rosario Boavida as the Country Leader for Angola. Maria is the first Country Manager for GE Healthcare in Angola.
The Director-General of the OPEC Fund for International Development (the OPEC Fund) Dr Abdulhamid Alkhalifa has signed a US$20 million loan agreement to support water and sanitation infrastructure in Rwanda.
New regulations to protect the South African consumer against health and safety risks posed by the production of processed meat products will come into effect this month.
The Safaricom Foundation and international disability inclusive development organisation, CBM Kenya, have announced the third phase of the ‘Wezesha Elimu’ programme.
Malawi’s national adoption of affordable, rugged, neonatal CPAP technology as a part of routine hospital care resulted in sustained improvements in the survival of babies with respiratory illness, according to a new study in the journal Pediatrics.
Netherlands donates $28 million to build more resilient food systems in Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan
The Kingdom of the Netherlands has contributed $28 million to back FAO's work to boost the resilience of food systems in Somalia, Sudan, and South Sudan.
Safe food is essential to our health and wellbeing; yet it has emerged as a political football in recent months, as different authorities chase a role in food testing.
Malawi’s national adoption of affordable, rugged, neonatal CPAP technology as a part of routine hospital care resulted in sustained improvements in the survival of babies with respiratory illness.
Royal Philips and PURE have highlighted a unique tele-ultrasound mentorship program to provide much needed diagnostic ultrasound training to health workers in Rwanda.
The 15 member states of the West African Health Organisation (WAHO), Nigeria among them, are leveraging technology that will help them prevent cross-border outbreaks of epidemics.
Go.Data is a major innovation in outbreak investigation tools for field data collection.
The European Commission has announced €34.275 million in humanitarian funding to help the most vulnerable people in the Great Lakes region in Africa.
[Kenya] Amref Health Africa partners with Sisu Global Health and Surgipharm to improve access to blood
Amref Health Africa in Kenya, Sisu Global Health and Surgipharm have unveiled a partnership to improve access to blood and safer surgical outcomes during medical missions and emergencies in Kenya.
In spite of a slight improvement in the food security situation since June 2019, more than half the population of South Sudan, some 6.35 million people, do not know where their next meal will come from, three United Nations agencies warned.
The ongoing efforts to promote excellence in oncology nursing and quality cancer care in the country have received a boost following the launch of Oncology Nursing Training Initiative.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) country office in Zambia and the UN Nutrition Network have agreed to lead multi-agency commitments aimed at effective implementation of the country’s national food and nutrition agenda.
GE Healthcare and the Ministry of Health recently trained over 260 healthcare technologists from all Level 4, 5 and 6 hospitals from across the country’s 47 counties.
Philips, Amref Health Africa extend collaboration towards achieving universal health coverage in Africa
Royal Philips and the largest African health organisation Amref Health Africa signed a MoU to extend their joint mission to sustainably transform primary healthcare towards achieving universal health coverage in Africa.
Bayer creates EUR 20 million social innovation ecosystem fund to spur entrepreneurship for African smallholder farmers
The Bayer Foundation launched its new EUR 20 million Social Innovation ecosystem fund by awarding EUR 3 million to four pioneering social innovators - myAgro, Mercy Corps, Path and Living Goods.
The Government of Sudan and development partners including the World Food Programme officially extended until 2021 an agreement that supports the development of a national law making salt iodization mandatory.
The World Bank and the Government of Japan announced a new Africa-focused initiative aimed at advancing the goals of the Human Capital Project, a global effort to accelerate more and better investments in people.
GE Healthcare partners with Memfys Hospital to improve disease diagnosis in Nigeria’s South-East regions
GE Healthcare has partnered with Memfys Hospital to provide the SIGNA™ Explorer 1.5Tesla MRI system services and training to advance early diagnosis of diseases.
The Government of Kenya supports the strengthening of bilateral relations with the Government of Japan.
WHO and the African Union Commission ) through its Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention have endorsed an ambitious action plan that aims to tackle health security challenges facing the continent.
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KT, the Korean telecommunication provider has launched a health platform, GEPP Ghana in the Ghanaian capital.
Hundreds of thousands of people starving in South Sudan will receive lifesaving food and water, courtesy of the UK aid.
Nairobi-based affordable diagnostics startup Ilara Health has raised $735,000 from seasoned investors including ShakaVC, a Nairobi-based firm backed by Chinese investors.
The Government of Japan has contributed US$1 million to help prevent chronic malnutrition and support vulnerable families with pregnant women, nursing mothers and children under two years in Burundi.
Online taxi hailing app Little Ride Kenya has launched the first Health Insurance cover for its drivers in the Kenyan market in partnership with APA Insurance and MicroEnsure, a leading provider of micro insurance in emerging markets.
The Republic of Madagascar became the fourth AU member states to sign the Treaty for the establishment of the African Medicine Agency (AMA) on 1 August 2019.
For Tanzania to generate future income and achieve sustainable development, it is essential for the country to invest in its citizens, both children and adults, according to the new World Bank economic analysis for the country.
Mercer, a global consulting leader in advancing health, wealth and careers has announced the appointment of Tamara Parker as CEO, South Africa.
SAP and Discovery Health, a South African medical insurance administrator, are partnering to combine data-driven insights, insurance and healthcare products with a customer-centric engagement platform.
If Africa is to truly move forward, all sectors of the continent including Health, Education, Infrastructure, Security, logistics, Finance, Media and others must embrace technology.
Inmarsat, the world leader in global mobile satellite communications, has joined forces with RESOLVE to develop a revolutionary, satellite-enabled solution to safeguard endangered wildlife across the African continent.
Macroeconomic management weakens, social inclusion policies improve slightly in Africa’s poorest countries, World Bank
Africa’s poorest countries saw little to no progress on average in improving the quality of their policy and institutional frameworks in 2018, according to the released World Bank’s annual Country Policy and Institutional Assessment.
Four women from Sub-Saharan Africa are among 20 female business leaders profiled in a publication by IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, for their professional success, despite facing formidable challenges.
Boehringer Ingelheim, one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, has called on innovators in Africa to adopt viable business models for their enterprises to ensure growth and sustainability.
[South Africa] SAP to co-innovate with Discovery Health to transform health insurance businesses into intelligent healthcare enterprises
SAP and Discovery Health are partnering to combine data-driven insights, insurance and healthcare products with a customer-centric engagement platform to enable health insurance businesses transform into intelligent healthcare enterprises.
Access Bank and GE Healthcare are to provide sustainable healthcare equipment financing to private healthcare providers.