The World Bank is supporting the Improving Healthcare Services in Somalia Project with $75 million IDA grant and an additional $25 million grant from the Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents (GFF) in Somalia.
[Uganda] Quicker treatment for patients as MTN blood plasma extractor accelerates component extraction
Patients in need of blood are receiving quicker treatment following an MTN Uganda donation of the automated blood component extractor to Uganda Blood Transfusion services (UBTS) which mines components faster.
MTN Uganda has launched a dedicated online Home of UG Sports dubbed “MTN Sports” to give all Ugandan sports enthusiasts a one-stop point for all sports related news, analysis, and updates.
Oxford Foundry and FMDQ Private Markets, a subsidiary of FMDQ Holdings Nigeria, have launched a global partnership to accelerate the growth of Nigeria’s startup ecosystem.
Eni, Nairobi office of Italian Agency for Development Cooperation sign MoU to develop joint initiatives in Kenya
Eni, through its subsidiary Eni Kenya, and the Nairobi Office of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) signed an MoU to identify possible collaboration opportunities in the areas of agriculture and value-chain development.
Pfizer and BioNTech partner with Biovac to manufacture and distribute COVID-19 vaccine doses within Africa
Pfizer and BioNTech expect that Biovac’s Cape Town facility will be incorporated into the vaccine supply chain by the end of 2021.
Medical Credit Fund (MCF), the not-for-profit fund for financing small and medium-sized (SMEs) healthcare companies in Africa, announced the disbursement of its first loan within MCF2.
The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and the International Vaccine Institute (IVI) today announced a new programme of clinical research which aims to expand access to COVID-19 vaccines in Africa.
Grifols, a global producer of plasma-derived medicines and provider of technologies and services for hospitals, clinics and compounding centers, announced it will establish an intravenous (IV) solutions production plant in Nigeria.
The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), would partner with Shanghai Zerun Biotechnology Co., Ltd. to advance development of both COVID-19 prototype and variant vaccine candidates.
The African Trade Insurance (ATI), announced the closing of two €203 million financing agreements social loans, to fund four health and two transportation projects in Ghana.
Medical Credit Fund (MCF), a non-profit fund exclusively dedicated to financing small and medium-sized healthcare companies in Africa, celebrated the first loan disbursement within MCF2.
Close partnership between India and Africa could improve the welfare of 2.5 billion people post Covid-19
The Covid-19 pandemic has provided the impetus for a stronger partnership between India and Africa with potential benefits to both as they build back sustainably after the crisis, experts attending the 16th CII-Exim Bank Digital Conclave on India-Africa Project Partnership affirmed.
CDC Group announces $50 million trade finance facility with Ecobank as part of its Covid-19 response
CDC Group, the UK’s Development Finance Institution and impact investor, has announced a $50 million trade finance facility for Ecobank International (EBI SA), the Paris based member of the Ecobank Group.
Standard Chartered and Afreximbank commit $200 million facility for African Union COVID-19 Vaccination Acquisition Programme
The collaboration between Standard Chartered and Afreximbank will help ensure that 55 countries across Africa have access to COVID-19 vaccines.
NanoX Imaging Limited, an innovative medical imaging company, has entered the West African market, signing an exclusive distribution deal with EiLEENO Pharma to deploy Nanox's medical imaging services in Nigeria.
Kintor Pharmaceutical has entered into a licensing agreement with Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical Development on the commercialisation of proxalutamide for the treatment of COVID-19 indication in India and 28 African countries.
Nanodropper partners with Unite For Sight to provide better access to vision-saving medications in Ghana
Nanodropper, a medical device company, is joining forces with Unite For Sight to launch a global health initiative aimed at providing better access to vision-saving medications in Ghana.
IFC, partners support COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing facility of Institut Pasteur de Dakar in Senegal
To scale up the manufacturing of COVID-19 vaccines in Africa, IFC announced a collaboration with the Institut Pasteur de Dakar (IPD), a vaccine maker and non-profit healthcare foundation mandated to support public health improvements in Africa.
The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) and pan-African operator MTN Group launched a joint campaign – “One More Push” – to encourage people across the continent to not give up in the fight against COVID-19.
L’OMS et le Fonds mondial signent un accord de coopération visant de lutte contre le VIH, la tuberculose et le paludisme
L’Organisation mondiale de la Santé(OMS) et le Fonds mondial de lutte contre le sida, la tuberculose et le paludisme ont signé un accord de coopération et de financement portant sur la mise en œuvre de 10 initiatives stratégiques destinées à mettre plus rapidement un terme aux épidémies de sida, de tuberculose et de paludisme.
WHO and Global Fund sign cooperation agreement to scale up HIV, TB and Malaria to strengthen health systems
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria signed a cooperation and financing agreement to implement 10 strategic initiatives to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics and strengthen systems for health.
IFC, Proparco, DEG and DFC announced a joint financing package for Aspen Pharmacare, a pharmaceutical company in South Africa that is playing a major role producing COVID-19 treatment therapies and vaccines.
With this funding, the company is launching ‘SentinelX’, a digital health membership that champions preventive, personalized, and continuous care using proprietary technology.
World Bank partners with African Union to support rapid vaccination for up to 400 million people in Africa
In a boost to the African Union’s target to vaccinate 60% of the continent’s population by 2022, the World Bank and the AU announced that they are partnering to support the Africa Vaccine Acquisition Task Team (AVATT) initiative.
To support Egypt's goal of achieving universal health coverage by 2030, IFC launched an advisory program to help at least 100 private healthcare providers improve their patient care systems and broaden access to safe and quality healthcare in the country.
UK-based, MENA focused, startup BASMA.com closed $3 million Series A funding led by MEVP with the participation of SOSF, IM capital and returning investors iSME, Cedar Mundi Ventures and IFA capital, to scale up its healthtech platform in the MENA region.
Andrew Thomas is joining ASAFO & CO. London along with Winston Bell-Gam from Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) with practice focuses on project finance with a particular emphasis on the power, pipeline, infrastructure, healthcare and transportation sectors.
Helium Health, the largest Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and Hospital Management Information (HMI) Systems provider in West Africa has announced the launch of its full suite of products and services in Kenya.
Avant la survenue d’une deuxième vague d’infections par la COVID-19, dont le pic a étét atteint en février dernier, le Sénégal avait entrepris de renforcer ses capacités e traitements des malades.
Women’s health is being transformed and further prioritized with the launch of Organon, the only global company of its size focused on women’s health.
The African Development Bank approved a $430,000 grant to Guinea to fight the spread of the Ebola hemorrhagic fever epidemic throughout the country.
As COVID-19 cases in Africa rise for the third week running and vaccines are increasingly scarce, 47 of Africa’s 54 countries nearly 90%, are set to miss the September target of vaccinating 10% of their people unless Africa receives 225 million more doses.
Facebook is partnering with leaders from the technology, healthcare, global development and academic sectors to establish the Alliance for Advancing Health Online.
The Mastercard Foundation announced it will deploy $1.3 billion over the next three years in partnership with the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) to save the lives and livelihoods of millions of people in Africa.
Orange Middle East and Africa and AXA CIMA entities led by AXA Assurance Maroc have announced that an agreement has been signed on the joint acquisition of a majority stake in DabaDoc alongside the company’s founders.
With an international footprint that serves people in more than 140 markets, Organon’s mission is to deliver impactful medicines and solutions for healthcare issues facing women in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Counterfeit products have a presence across major industries in Nigeria. The impact of having these counterfeit products for manufacturers range from dwindling sales and failed customer loyalty schemes.
It will provide world-class care to both low and high-income patient groups across the continent.
Adenia Partners, a private equity firm investing in Africa, announced it has completed the acquisition of Africa Biosystems Limited (ABL), a distributor of life sciences and clinical diagnostics equipment in East Africa.
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), Proparco, the German Development Finance Institution (DEG) and the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) announced a partnership to support COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing in Africa.
GE Healthcare and NSIA Banque Côte d'Ivoire have partnered with IFC's Africa Medical Equipment Facility to support healthcare providers in Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Kenya, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda access essential medical equipment.
General Electric has announced the appointment of Dr. George Uduku, a Nigerian national, as the General Manager for West Africa
With COVID-19 vaccine supplies to Africa slowing down, the continent is working to boost its own manufacturing capacities for vaccines, medicines and vital health technologies.
South Africa and US-based biotech startup LifeQ secured $47 million in Series A funding from One Bio Venture Studio, a Cape Town-based VC and several other investors.
UNICEF and Human Vaccine, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), announced a long-term agreement (LTA) for the supply of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine.
IFC, IDH partner to boost access to quality health diagnostic services in Egypt and other emerging markets
An IFC loan to Integrated Diagnostics Holding (IDH), a diagnostic service provider in the Middle East and Africa, will help expand access to high-quality health diagnostic services in Egypt.
Africa needs at least 20 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in the next six weeks to get second doses to all who received a first dose within the 8-12-week interval between doses recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The project is part of DFC’s comprehensive COVID-19 Response through which the agency is mitigating the economic and health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This month, Botswana became the first country in Southern Africa, and the third in Africa, to pilot drone technology for health-care delivery. The Drones for Health pilot project aims to reduce preventable maternal deaths.
The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group has approved a new policy on water, prioritizing water security and the transformation of water assets to foster sustainable, green and inclusive economic growth in regional member countries.
The European Union has said it is investing 1 billion to facilitate construction of vaccine factories in Africa.
The Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB), announced the financing of the expansion of Kigali’s King Faisal Hospital (KFH)’s outpatient facilities with over $14 million in a 6-year primary forfaiting transaction.
The Tigray Region toll-free call center 6244 was reactivated with the hope to an expanded scope and will provide health information on a wide range of health issues ranging from COVID-19 to diseases such as malaria, measles, cholera and meningitis.
A blockage on supplies and financial challenges are delaying Africa’s rollout of COVID-19 vaccines and risk curtailing plans to significantly expand the continent’s rollout later this year.
Novartis has announced that it has delivered one billion courses of antimalarial treatment since 1999. More than 90% of this artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) was supplied without profit to malaria-endemic countries around the globe.
The partnership between the two organizations is premised on the belief that every African has an undeniable right to quality, accessible and affordable healthcare.
The new partnership provides Artisan with enhanced integration with BCP's world-class genomics platform, which could boost health technology in South Africa and beyond.
Health and beauty company Clicks plans to acquire the retail pharmacy business of Pick n Pay, including 25 in-store pharmacies which will be rebranded to Clicks.
As mayors around the world grapple with implementing equitable COVID-19 vaccination programs for their citizens, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced grants to 18 cities in low- and middle-income countries to support their planning for vaccine distribution rollouts.
OncoBeta® GmbH, a commercial stage Medical Device Company specialized in innovative epidermal radioisotope therapies, announced that the new Rhenium-188 treatment for keloids is now available in Gauteng, South Africa.
It is essential that governments leverage technology to streamline data collection, transfer and analysis to speed up rollouts.
Hikma Pharmaceutical and Melinta Therapeutics entered into an exclusive licensing agreement for Vabomere® (meropenem and vaborbactam) and Orbactiv® (oritavancin), two novel anti-infective injectable products, for the MENA region.
A new online platform to facilitate the exchange of information and knowledge on dementia is being launched today by World Health Organization (WHO).
Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KgaA, announced its partnership with Africa Reproductive Care society (ARCS) based in Lagos, Nigeria to build fertility and reproductive tube care capacity, build advocacy to break the stigma of infertility.
May 3, 2021 marked the end of the 12th Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, just three months after the first case was reported in North Kivu.
In support of the Marcelle Ruth Cancer Centre & Specialist Hospital, the country’s first fully-equipped private oncology centre, GE Healthcare has completed the delivery and installation of advanced radiology and radio pharmacy equipment in Nigeria.
Angola will receive $50million from the European Investment Bank to purchase Covid-19 vaccines, the country’s President João Lourenço said on Friday.
UNICEF, Yale Institute for Global Health, and Public Good Projects team up to create the Vaccination Demand Observatory to equip country teams with tools to counter misinformation and mistrust related to all vaccines.
Mastercard has today announced a new investment in Rwandan female-focused eCommerce platform Kasha to ensure women across emerging markets have essential access to health and personal care product
Goodwell V will build a new portfolio of companies across various sectors in Africa: at least a third will be invested in financial inclusion, a quarter in agriculture, and the remainder in mobility and other impact sectors such as education and healthcare.
The African Development Fund has approved a grant of $31.2 million to the Government of Ethiopia to increase access to multi-sectoral nutritional services for children under-five years, by boosting access to services for improved health.
The National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) has laid out a five-year national strategic plan to help scale up malaria control and prevention in the country.
Astride Verushka NWAL is the Managing Director of Pharma Pro consulting, a company that distributes reliable and credible information to healthcare professionals on the products of the laboratories that it represents, and also supports pharmaceutical laboratories to set up for the development of their products in Cameroon.
Astride Verushka NWAL est la Directrice Générale de Pharma Pro consulting, une société qui distribue des informations fiables et crédibles aux professionnels de santé sur les produits des laboratoires qu'elle représente et il accompagne les laboratoires pharmaceutiques à s'installer pour le développement de leurs produits au Cameroun.
The Kenyan Ministry of Health has entered into a partnership with Novo Nordisk and other key partners for the purpose of establishing an implementation framework to launch the Affordability Initiative for diabetes care in Kenya.
The World Bank approved an additional financing of $54.6 million for the Health System Support Project (KIRA), in Burundi.
There is a significantly higher level of complexity involved in the R&D process, the polymer science and the manufacturing of new generation bednets.
Ethiopian Airlines Group has joined hands with BGI Health Ethiopia, a subsidiary of China's biotech giant, the BGI Genomics Co., Ltd, to launch high-end COVID-19 testing laboratory at its main hub Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.
The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), Egypt's Minapharm, and its Berlin-based subsidiary, ProBioGen AG, have agreed to produce over 40 million doses per year of the world's first registered vaccine against COVID-19, Sputnik V.
The World Bank announced it has reached $2 billion in approved financing for the purchase and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines for 17 developing countries.
Two years on from the launch of a pilot programme, more than 1.7 million doses of the world’s first malaria vaccine have been administered in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi, benefitting more than 650 000 children with additional malaria protection.
The World Bank approved $8 million additional financing from the International Development Association (IDA) to provide The Gambia with safe and effective vaccine purchase and deployment.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced an agreement with Eurofins to incorporate its worldwide COVID-19 testing network into IATA Travel Pass.
The introduction of solar-powered fridges is helping DRC to safely store vaccines in health care centers, from which they can be administered to people and could benefit the country’s wider healthcare system.
So far, Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services has transported over 20 Million vaccines to more than 20 countries.
Despite the many challenges of 2020, healthcare organisations have gained considerable insights and experience that will transform the sector well into the future.
As countries seek to relax border restrictions, quarantines and lock-downs, they need a more reliable, trustworthy and efficient way to validate the health status of incoming travelers.
Quro Medical, a South African digital health startup, emerged from stealth mode to announce the closure of its seed funding round to accelerate growth for Africa’s first technology-driven Hospital at Home offering.
IFC launched partnerships with health technology company Philips and the Co-operative Bank of Kenya to help smaller businesses in Africa's health sector purchase essential medical equipment.
A new report by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria shows COVID-19 has massively disrupted health systems and health service delivery for HIV, TB and malaria in low- and middle-income countries in Africa and Asia in 2020.
The EU announced a new funding of €54.5 million in humanitarian aid devoted to the most vulnerable people affected by human-made or natural disasters, epidemics, and displacement in the Great Lakes region of Africa.
Agence Française de Développement (AFD) in its shared Innovation series highlights seven innovative programs created or developed by African countries to combat covid-19.
Telecommunication company Safaricom has partnered with Nakuru County to improve health services for over 100,000 people through an integrated electronic medical records program named Afya Moja.
The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and the African Union Commission announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding responsible for the prevention and control of diseases in Africa.
Through this framework agreement, ITFC will also be extending its support to SMEs and private sector through financing facilities to local banks and financial institutions.
USAID launches agriculture consortium to combat threat of infectious diseases to human and animal health
The five-year, $33 million consortium will harness innovation to sustainably improve animal health, strengthen animal agriculture production systems in Asia and Africa and enhance global health security.
The roll-out of mVacciNation, developed by Mezzanine, a member of the Vodacom Group, is the first project in a public-private partnership that has been formed between Vodacom Group and AUDA-NEPAD.
Technological innovations like artificial intelligence (AI) promise to identify and close these gaps through claims of a more data-driven, objective approach.
The New Development Bank (NDB) approved a $1 billion COVID-19 Emergency Program Loan to the Government of the Republic of South Africa for supporting South Africa’s economic recovery from COVID-19.