Hikma Pharmaceuticals has entered into a non-binding term sheet with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) for the purposes of potentially acquiring GSK’s interests in Egypt and Tunisia
54gene has unveiled its new lab in Lagos State, Nigeria, capable of human whole genome sequencing and a variety of other scientific investigations.
Kenya announced the launch of its Trusted Travel platform, based on the Africa CDC Trusted Travel platform, becoming the first country to adopt the platform for managing travels during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Siemens South Africa has partnered with GIZ, and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development to provide a separate modular hospital solution to the Cecilia Makiwane Hospital in East London.
Africa Medical Supplies Platform opens COVID-19 vaccines pre-orders for 55 African Union Member States
The Africa Medical Supplies Platform (AMSP), on behalf of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), has commenced the COVID-19 vaccines pre-order programme for all African Union Member States
GSK and Novartis announced the launch of a collaboration to support high-quality scientific research investigating the link between genetic diversity across different regions in Africa and its potential impact on response to drug therapeutics.
A new WHO Action framework for developing and implementing public food procurement and service policies for a healthy diet aims to increase the availability of healthy food through setting nutrition criteria for food served and sold in public settings.
Globally, the number of outbreaks of Peste des petits ruminants (PPR), also known as sheep and goat plague, fell by two-thirds in recent years.
Butterfly Network, Inc., an innovative digital health company that is working to enable universal access to superior medical imaging, has partnered with Access Afya in advancing health care on the ground in Kenya, facilitated by TechEmerge Health through the Global Tech Challenge.
IndyGeneUS has announced a strategic partnership with Afya Rekod, Kenya’s premier patient-driven health data platform company to launch a new Genomics-Integrated health data platform.
In 2020, the Global Fund signed 157 grants for a total of $$8.54 billion for lifesaving HIV, TB and malaria programs and to strengthen systems for health. The grants will begin implementation this month.
Egyptian life science startup Nawah Scientific announced the the closing a second pre-series A round of $1 million in mixed equity and debt capital, raising its total funding to $2 million.
Docspert Health, a telemedicine startup with operations in the UK and Egypt, announced it has successfully closed Six-Figure USD investment in seed funding from Flat6Labs and a group of angel investors in the UK and USA.
Boehringer Ingelheim, Teleperformance, Comdata Group, Dell and Lundbeck are among the top best places to work for in Africa according to the prestigious “Best Places To Work” certification program.
International health and humanitarian organizations UNICEF, WHO, IFRC and MSF announced announced the establishment of a global Ebola vaccine stockpile to ensure outbreak response.
Global pharmaceutical corporation Pfizer has appointed Patrick van der Loo as Regional President for Africa and the Middle East (AfME) region.
E-health startup Play Zuri Health, a branch of the Play Communications Limited has today launched its mhealth app in Kenya
Pantanowitz says when it comes to implementing ML systems, it is important for enterprises to have the appropriate skill sets available whether in-house or via consultants.
Ventures Platform Foundation (VPF), the social impact arm of Ventures Platform Hub, has opened applications for its latest incubation programme, Gov Labs.
UN-Habitat along with Mozambique’s Health Ministry and the Canadian Government launched a project to ensure health facilities can withstand disasters such as cyclones, strong winds, floods and earthquakes.
Kenyan e-health startup Damu-Sasa has received a $20,000 grant funding from Villgro Africa to enable it to enhance its contributions to mitigating the spread of COVID-19.
The U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) Chief Executive Officer and Prosper Africa Executive Chairman Adam Boehler announced a series of efforts to expand U.S. investment in Morocco.
The European Investment Bank has launched the first ever scheme to strengthen local production of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients in Africa and scale up drug manufacturing essential to improve public health.
Kenya's Mbali Health are the winners of IBM and David Clark Cause’s 2020 Call for Code Global Challenge for designing the Mbali Health application that connects patients to care providers in a socially distanced way.
The World Bank approved $150 million in IDA financing for a program of policy and institutional reforms intended to accelerate human capital development for inclusive economic growth in Rwanda.
Global pharmaceutical and laboratory equipment supplier Sartorius is supporting an aid project to improve pharmaceutical training in Tanzania. The company’s donation of 85,000 euros will go to action medeor, the European medical aid organization.
FDH Bank signed a partnership agreement with health insurance provider Medical Aid Society of Malawi (MASM) to simplify digital payment processes.
Global tech company Babylon will support the Government of Rwanda in their latest project to digitize their healthcare system by introducing digital tools, such as digitally enabled triage, to over-stretched government healthcare centers.
Healthtech startup Ilara Health raises $3.75m to provide life-saving diagnostics across sub-Saharan Africa
Ilara Health, a healthtech startup focused on bringing essential, affordable and life-saving diagnostics to African consumers, raised $3.75 million in Series A funding to expand its diagnostic reach across the continent.
Discussions between the Africa Center for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) and COMESA are on course to establish useful collaborations on healthy trade during and post Covid-19.
The World Health Organization (WHO) launched a year-long global campaign for World No Tobacco Day 2021 - “Commit to Quit."
Bolloré Transport & Logistics has been awarded a contract to provide medical warehousing solutions to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency in Sudan.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, in partnership with Kobo360, an African digital logistics platform, announced an open call for innovators from around the world to bring climate-smart, temperature-controlled logistics (TCL) cooling solutions to Nigeria.
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) launched a new partnership initiative to strengthen the capacity of Africa CDC.
AstraZeneca announced its partnership with MYDAWA as part of its commitment to work towards a future where all people have access to sustainable healthcare solutions for life changing treatment and prevention.
Amref establishes independent commission to review progress towards Universal Health Coverage in Africa
Amref Health Africa has established an independent commission to review the continent’s progress towards achievement of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) targets by 2030.
BroadReach Group has today announced its role as a partner on the recently launched Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare.
Cainiao Smart Logistics Network, the logistics arms of Alibaba Group Holdings Limited, has announced its partnership with Ethiopian Airlines to launch a special cold chain air freight for the transportation of temperature-controlled medicines from Shenzhen Airport.
Companies wishing to transform their operations through digital technologies often face a hard choice: stay with a legacy system and make the best of a legacy investment, or transition to a new digital platform but risk causing disruptions.
Wolters Kluwer has announced that the Evercare Group, an impact-driven healthcare network in emerging markets, has chosen UpToDate® Advanced to enhance patient care and quality throughout its group.
Everyone wants to reduce the approximately 30,000 annual tobacco-related deaths in Kenya; so it’s especially disappointing to see the nay-sayers undermining our best opportunity to do just that.
Lagos State Health Management, First Bank partner to promote access to affordable healthcare in Nigeria
The Lagos State Health Management Agency (LASHMA) has partnered with First Bank of Nigeria to utilise its over 13,000 Firstmonie Agents as payment channels for the Lagos State Health Scheme (LSHS).
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The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on countries and global health partners to step up the fight against malaria, a preventable and treatable disease that continues to claim hundreds of thousands of lives each year.
AFD, CIRAD partner to develop sustainable management management tools for zoonotic diseases in Zimbabwe
The French Development Agency (AFD) and the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD) signed an agreement to develop the Zimbabwean agricultural sector’s capacity in biotechnology.
The Republic of Seychelles became the fourth AU member states to ratify the Treaty for the establishment of the African Medicines Agency (AMA) and deposited the instrument of accession to the Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union.
The African Academy of Sciences (AAS), the Africa Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) together with global partners launched Africa’s First Online Clinical Trial Community (CTC).
Grifols, Egyptian government partner to boost plasma-derived medicines self-sufficiency in the Middle East and Africa
Grifols, one of the world’s leading producers of plasma-derived medicines and the Government of Egypt signed a strategic agreement to further develop the Egyptian plasma-derivatives market and promote its self-sufficiency.
The Tony Blair Institute (TBI) and Oracle have brought cloud technology to Africa to manage public health programs.
An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is over, the government announced after a five-month response supported by the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners.
As antimicrobial resistance (AMR) drastically rises threatening to turn into the next pandemic with serious implications for global health, agri-food systems and economies, FAO is calling on actors to prevent the spread of drug-resistant microbes.
WHO has developed the assistive technology capacity assessment (ATA-C) tool, a system-level tool to evaluate a country’s capacity to finance, regulate, procure and provide assistive technology.
Over the last two decades, Ethiopia has registered fast economic growth which has led to significant national poverty reduction.
Ibnsina Pharma signed an agreement to acquire 75% stake in Egyptian health and beauty products startup 3elagi Tech, a platform that links pharmacies with patients to order medicines and cosmetics online.
Food processor, Del Monte Kenya Limited (DMKL) has officially launched its Women's Health and Empowerment program with a six-day employee awareness campaign.
DPI, CDC partner to create $750m biopharmaceutical platform to broaden access of vital specialty generic drugs across Africa
Development Partners International (DPI) through its ADP III fund, CDC Group, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development have joined forces in a ground-breaking deal to create a major new player in the pan-African pharmaceuticals industry.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed a contribution from the People’s Republic of China that has helped WFP reach vulnerable people with food and nutrition assistance.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced additional development assistance resources of $136.5 million to continue supporting the people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The European Union has approved an additional €17.2 million through the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF) to support coronavirus preparedness in Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan.
UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) issued an urgent call to action to avert major measles and polio epidemics as COVID-19 continues to disrupt immunization services worldwide.
Royal Philips, global leader in health technology, and the African Union announced a new partnership aimed to strengthen healthcare infrastructures and access to care in African Union Member States by improving access to medical equipment.
A spike in polio cases raises deep concerns over the further spread of polio in South Sudan, compounded by low levels of sanitation and health care available, Save the Children warned.
The European Commission and the Government of Mozambique have signed a budget support programme worth €100 million to respond to the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19.
[South Africa] Aspen, Johnson & Johnson partner to manufacture investigational COVID-19 vaccine candidate
Aspen announced that Aspen Pharmacare has entered into a preliminary agreement with two of Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, for the technical transfer and proposed commercial manufacture of their COVID-19 vaccine candidate.
Equity Afia, the medical franchise of Equity Group Foundation, has opened three new medical centres in Kisumu, Naivasha and Imara in its quest to offer quality healthcare services to more Kenyans.
Credence ID, a worldwide player in mobile biometrics and credential reading technology, has announced their selection as the winner of a competitive healthcare project being deployed throughout the West African nation of Senegal.
Villgro Africa has celebrated its 5th anniversary as they go beyond their boundaries to serve the rest of Africa.
Middle East and North Africa (MENA) healthtech startup Vezeeta has expanded its footprint into Kenya by launching a platform that will enable Kenyans access doctors from their smart phones.
Swedfund invests in femtech e-commerce startup Kasha Global to support women’s health in East Africa
Swedfund, the Swedish Development finance institution, announced its investment in Kasha Global, a Femtech e-commerce platform with subsidiaries in Rwanda and Kenya, to support women’s health and self-care.
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While the country is starting to reopen, many organizations are choosing to continue imposing a work from home policy.
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced in this week's WHO Weekly Epidemiological Record that Malawi has been validated to have eliminated lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem.
54gene, whose mission is to advance inclusive precision medicine through research, advanced molecular diagnostics, and clinical programs, has launched its Clinical Program Services (CPS) division in Nigeria.
As African swine fever marches swiftly across countries affecting food security and livelihoods of some of the world's most vulnerable populations, FAO and the OIE are calling on all nations and partners to join forces to keep this deadly pig disease at bay.
Ilara Health, the healthtech company which provides point of care diagnostic testing to small primary care clinics in Kenya, has received a $1.1 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
M-TIBA and Britam have announced the signing of a new partnership to develop digital products to increase health insurance market penetration in Kenya.
Facebook in partnership with the Namibian Blood Transfusion Service (NamBTS) and Ministry of Health and Social Services, have launched a new feature to encourage people to donate blood.
$100m Africa Pathogen Genomics Initiative to boost disease surveillance, emergency response capacity in Africa
A group of public, private and non-profit organizations, led by the African Union Commission through the Africa CDC launched the Africa Pathogen Genomics Initiative.
COMESA has welcomed the launch of the African Medical Supplies Platform (AMSP) as an invaluable One Stop Shop that will ensure access to safe and affordable quality medicines in Africa.
Africa Medical Supplies Platform, bioMérieux partner to facilitate supply of high-quality COVID-19 diagnostics
bioMérieux and the Africa Medical Supplies Platform (AMSP), have partnered to facilitate the supply of high-quality diagnostic solutions from the bioMérieux Pandemic Response Portfolio to African Union Member States.
The United States, through the USAID and Egypt’s Ministry of International Cooperation signed an agreement to add $22.8 million to the five-year Inclusive Economic Governance bilateral assistance agreement.
The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and Pharco, a pharmaceutical group in Egypt have agreed to secure the supply of 25 million doses of the Sputnik V vaccine to Egypt.
Elevar Therapeutics has entered into an agreement with taiba Middle East, under which taiba will commercialize and distribute Apealea in certain countries throughout the Middle East and North African (MENA) region.
[Morocco] Vantage Capital invests $28 million to acquire minority stake in Cliniques Internationales du Maroc Group
Vantage Capital, Africa’s mezzanine fund manager, has made a $28.0 million equity investment to acquire a significant minority shareholding in the Cliniques Internationales du Maroc Group.
Mercy Ships unveils its new hospital ship, the Global Mercy, which will join the Africa Mercy, in service in Africa since 2007.
Food and beverage processing company Del Monte Kenya Limited has partnered with the UN women health and empowerment programme.
The Global Fund and Chevron Corporation have celebrated a 12-year partnership that served as an example of the private sector’s contribution to the fight against infectious diseases and to building resilient health systems.
Ethiopian Airlines Group, Largest Aviation Group in Africa announced it will cover the medical insurance including repatriation, evacuation and quarantine costs related to COVID-19 as of 1st of October 2020 until 31st of March 2021.
After nearly 10 years of providing quality HIV and cervical cancer treatment and prevention services in Gutu District, Zimbabwe, the international medical humanitarian organisation MSF is handing over its project activities to the Ministry of Health.
Bosch has developed a new rapid test for its Vivalytic analysis device to detect the SARS-CoV-2 pathogen, providing a reliable result in 39 minutes and is currently the fastest polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test worldwide.
The Global Healthcare Supply Chain Management market is expected to reach $3.60 billion by 2026 growing at a compounded annual growth rate of 9.0 per cent during 2019 to 2026 according to the latest report by Research and Markets.
Ministers of Health from seven small African island states signed an agreement to jointly procure drugs and vaccines in a bid to improve quality and access to medicines and other health products.
Insurers must explore new ways to build capabilities to meet the digital needs of customers as BigTechs and non-traditional players enter the insurance space, according to the World InsurTech Report 2020.
The OPEC Fund for International Development (the OPEC Fund) approved $100 million in new funding to support development operations in Burundi, Nicaragua and Ghana.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) is allocating $1 million in funding to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to help Egypt enhance radiation therapy for cancer patients.
USAID, Power Africa grant $2.6m in healthcare electrification to solar energy companies in Sub-Saharan Africa
Power Africa, through the USAID, announced grants totaling $2.6 million to solar energy companies to provide reliable, affordable off-grid electricity to nearly 300 healthcare facilities in sub-Saharan Africa.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, announced a partnership with South African-listed Imperial to jointly develop a modular screening and treatment healthcare infrastructure program in Sub-Saharan Africa to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
CTI Clinical Trial and Consulting Services (CTI) has announced the acquisition of Clinart, a full-service CRO with nearly 20 years of experience and strong local expertise in the (MENA) region.
Islamic Development Bank approves $320.6m for development projects in Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, Yemen and Indonesia
The Islamic Development Bank approved $320.56 million in financing to new development projects in water and sanitation, health, roads and women empowerment in Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, Yemen and Indonesia.
The World Health Organization received a donation of $1 million from the Qatar Fund for Development to support its ongoing work in Sudan for a period of one year.
Doctors Without Borders (MSF) encourages the Zimbabwe Ministry of Health and Child Care to maintain and replicate this first of its kind nurse-led Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) healthcare model across the country.