Medtronic launches world’s smallest pacemaker

INDIA – Medtronic private limited, a global leader in medical technology, services, and solutions, has launched Micra AV the world’s first miniature-sized pacemaker. Micra AV is the first pacemaker that can sense atrial activity without a lead or device in the upper chamber of the heart. The new innovation has several additional internal atrial sensing algorithms which detect cardiac movement, allowing the device to adjust pacing in the ventricle to coordinate with the atrium. Micra AV provides Atrioventricular (AV) synchronous pacing therapy to patients with AV block, a type of…

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Johnson & Johnson’s Wang Goodridge joins the CHPA board of directors

US – Johnson & Johnson consumer self-care president, Michelle Wang Goodridge has been elected to the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) Board of Directors as the chairperson. Her appointment was made during CHPA’s annual membership meeting and saw an additional six new members added to the Board of Directors. The CHPA is the leading national trade association that has been trying to ensure Americans have access to over-the-counter (OTC) medications, dietary supplements, and consumer medical devices.  Goodridge has been serving as a standing member of the CHPA’s board of directors…

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B Medical partners with Toyota Tsusho to roll out world’s first refrigerated vehicle for vaccine and cold specimen transportation

KENYA – B Medical Systems, a global leader in the vaccine cold chain industry in partnership with Toyota Tsusho Corporation have announced plans to roll out world’s first refrigerated vehicle for vaccine and cold specimen transportation in Africa. The technology which was recently unveiled across the world will facilitate the safe delivery of vaccines to remote areas in their right temperature. The Innovation, a first of its kind in the industry has received a Performance, Quality and Safety (PQS) prequalification from the World Health Organization (WHO) and can reliably transport…

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GAVI receives US $28.9 million from KFW Development Bank to boost routine vaccinations for children in EAC

EAST AFRICA – KfW has given US $28.9 million on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to support GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, in effectively protecting children in the East African Community (EAC) against infectious diseases. The funds will be used to facilitate the procurement of vaccines, consumables, transport and insurance on a pro rata basis. This funding comes as a follow up to the US $346.1 million kfW has issued to fund immunization programs in East Africa since 2013. The funds have made possible…

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PharmEasy achieves US$1.8B valuation after B Capital’s investment

INDIA- PharmEasy, an e-commerce drug supply store is now valued at US$ 1.8B after B capital bought stakes worth US$ 20M of the company. Prior to the investment, Pharmeasy was valued at US$ 1.5billion and is among the few Indian startups that have been able to achieve a unicorn status. B capital, a multi-stage global venture capital firm, bought the stakes from Everstone Capital an Indian based investment company that decided to sell part of the PharmEasy stakes. Earlier this year, PharmEasy closed the acquisition of smaller rival Medlife and…

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Ministry embarks on a mechanism to strengthen accountability for donated blood in the Country

KENYA – The Ministry of Health, through the Kenya National Blood Transfusion Service has embarked on strengthening blood accountability mechanism, an approach that will ensure regular blood stock taking, maintenance of the national blood inventory management system and electronic tracking of donated blood. Speaking in Nairobi when she officiated the World Blood Donor Day, Health Principal Secretary, Susan Mochache, noted that the safety of blood being offered to Kenya is very important and informed that the Ministry has issued a circular on hemovigilance to ensure safety of blood. “We urge…

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Private hospital group Mediclinic strike a bargain with Moshesh Partners to deploy solar power in hospitals

SOUTH AFRICA – Private hospital group Mediclinic has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with renewable energy producer Moshesh Partners to deploy a solar photovoltaic (PV) system in six of its hospitals. Mediclinic has made this move not so long after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a decision to raise the limit on the self-generation of electricity. The president said South Africa will raise the limit on self-generation of renewable power from 1MW to 100MW, including the ability to sell excess capacity into the grid, declaring energy security as “South Africa’s…

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Over 56, 000 individuals vaccinated against Yellow Fever in South Sudan

SOUTH SUDAN – The Ministry of Health with support from Eliminate Yellow Fever Epidemics (EYE) partners including WHO, GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, UNICEF and other health implementing partners have completed a pre-emptive yellow fever vaccination campaign. The campaign targeting 57,443 individuals, aged 9 months to 60 years, was conducted in Morobo, Lainya and Yei River Counties in Central Equatoria State where Yellow Fever was confirmed in 2020. At the end of the campaign, 56,640 (98.6%) of individuals aged 9 months to 60 years received the yellow fever vaccine in Morobo,…

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Brains Bioceutical secures US$ 31.9m from DSM venturing

CANADA – Royal DSM venturing a Dutch multinational corporation active in the fields of health, nutrition and materials has pumped US$ 31.9m worth of investment into Brains Bioceutical corporation during an investment round and capital raise. This major investment was made possible by Del Morgan & Co., an affiliate financial agent of Brains Bioceutical corporation. Brains is among the leading identifiable companies that heavily ventures into cannabinoid (CBD) as an Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) through research, development, production and clinical trials. CBD, an active ingredient in cannabis is derived from…

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Africa records over 5.1 million COVID-19 cases

AFRICA – Data published by the Africa Center for Disease control (Africa CDC) reveals that Africa has recorded over 5.1 million cases of COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic early last year. The continent, which is one of the most disadvantaged in terms of healthcare delivery and administration of COVID vaccines has witnessed 136, 030 deaths so far, due to the pandemic. Researchers have continuously expressed their reservations towards the numbers being reported in Africa due to poor testing capabilities and limited in-hospital treatment, citing that it is likely…

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