”Breakthrough” GSK malaria vaccine gets WHO approval for use in children in Africa

AFRICA – The World Health Organisation (WHO) has approved a ‘historic’ breakthrough vaccine against malaria that is set to save tens of thousands of lives in Africa and other developing countries. Developed by pharmaceuticals major GSK, the RTS,S/AS01 vaccine has received a rare approval to help manage the world’s leading killer of children under five and vulnerable people such as pregnant mothers. The recommendation by the WHO is based on results from an ongoing pilot programme in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi that has reached more than 800,000 children since 2019,  providing…

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Astrazeneca inks deal with Royal Academy of Engineering to support health tech entrepreneurs

SOUTH AFRICA – AstraZeneca and the Royal Academy of Engineering have entered into a partnership to establish connections between African healthcare innovators and AstraZeneca’s A Catalyst Network of more than 20 global health innovation hubs. This partnership seeks to drive the development of engineering solutions that have the potential to address local challenges with a focus on health tech.  As part of its commitment to building international partnerships and solving global challenges, in 2014 the Academy founded The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation (https://bit.ly/3Ah0FC8), an annual award that grants crucial…

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Etihad cargo bolsters pharma business in deal with Astral Aviation, Kenya Airways

KENYA – Etihad Cargo has expanded its pharma sector reach into Africa with the signing of a Service Legal Agreement (SLA) with Astral Aviation and Kenya Airways. Through the agreement it will be able to provide reliable and cost-effective airfreight solutions across the continent. Operating a fleet of 14 freighters out of its Nairobi and Johannesburg hub, Astral Aviation services a network of 15 African destinations, which Etihad Cargo will leverage for increased vaccine distribution across Africa. The SLA, a first Pharma Interline agreement, ensures Etihad Cargo partners are fully…

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Discovery introduces new health offerings, including Discovery hospital, for subscribers

SOUTH AFRICA – Financial services group Discovery has announced several new innovations and changes within its Discovery Health portfolio, at its annual product-update event this week, including a Discovery Hospital service and international coverage. “The golden thread running through the various elements we shared with the financial adviser community and media today, was our focus on personalization of healthcare through digitally-powered processes,” said Dr Ryan Noach, CEO of Discovery health. He said that the new features, with a particular focus on four ground-breaking areas, will be made available in 2022…

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AMREF inks partnership with Roche EA to support Community Health Workers

KENYA – Amref Health Africa has entered into a partnership with Roche East Africa Limited to implement a two-year program aimed at addressing and reducing the burden of cervical and breast cancer among women in rural and low resource settings using Community Health Workers (CHWs) living with disabilities. Amref Health Africa’s Global CEO Dr. Githinji Gitahi said the organisation is working with county Governments and the Ministry of Health to ensure that CHWs with disabilities are not left out in advancing critical health information to communities. He noted that since…

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