E-commerce continues to fuel the ever-blooming healthcare logistics market in Africa

AFRICA – African e-commerce marketplaces are venturing into the delivery of health care products as part of a strategy to broaden their value to customers. These platforms are part of a broader crop of innovators at an interesting intersection of healthcare and logistics on the continent. Going by recent data, this sub-sector has grown over two years. At least 61 companies are using tech for health distribution across sub-Saharan Africa, a growth of over 100% in the number of active players (28) captured in 2018. That’s according to a report…

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Merck Foundation calls for action together with African First Ladies and Ministers to Build Healthcare Capacity

ZAMBIA – Merck foundation “More than a Mother” Ambassadors, African First Ladies of Angola, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Guinea Conakry, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, and Namibia actively participated in the 8th edition of Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary which was co-chaired by Zambia First Lady, H.E. Esther Lungu and Merck Foundation CEO, Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej. Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KgaA, conducted the 8th Edition of “Merck Foundation Africa Asia Luminary” 2021, through an online video conference. During the Luminary,…

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Africa’s COVID-19 cases edge closer to the 5.3 million mark punctuated by a daily spike in infections

AFRICA – The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa has reached 5,234,387, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) reported. The Africa CDC, the specialized healthcare agency of the African Union, said the death toll from the pandemic stood at 138,154 while 4,643,802 patients across the continent had recovered from the disease. South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, Ethiopia and Egypt are the countries with the most cases in the continent, according to the Africa CDC. South Africa has 1,832,479 cases and 58,795 deaths. The country has received…

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Efforts to reduce tobacco harm in Africa up appear futile due to inadequate policies

AFRICA – Lack of support, inadequate policies and misinformation have been identified as some of the obstacles standing in the way of the reduction of tobacco harm in Africa as discussed during the Global Forum on Nicotine (GFN) held in Liverpool, England last week. During the summit, it was established that the continent has about 77 million smokers with at least 250, 000 of them dying from smoking-related diseases every year Joseph Magero, chairman of, Campaign for Safer Alternatives Africa, a regional organization that advocates for the adoption of tobacco…

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Africa’s Digital Health Summit set to take place in July with a vison to expand the scope of health care services

AFRICA – BII World Limited, a company with a history of organizing International Patient Experience Symposiums and multiple editions of Patient Experience Excellence Congress, will be hosting the Digital Health Africa Summit, which promises to explore opportunities and brainstorm strategies to make the African health sector updated and future ready. Digital Health Africa Summit, will gather eminent healthcare leaders, policy makers, and technology experts to discuss the importance of technologies and digital transformation in order to revolutionize the region’s healthcare sector. Africa has emanated a as prime breeding ground for…

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African countries feature prominently in WHO’s new global lists of high-burden countries for TB

AFRICA – African countries have been cited in the new WHO lists of high burden countries for tuberculosis (TB), HIV-associated TB and multidrug/rifampicin-resistant TB. Zimbabwe transitioned out of the list of the 30 high TB burden countries while Gabon and Uganda joined the list. Angola, Chad, Ghana and Papua New Guinea have transitioned out of the 30 high TB/HIV burden countries whilst Gabon and Guinea have joined the list. The 30 high MDR/RR-TB burden countries list saw Ethiopia and Kenya transition out while Zambia joined. WHO officially communicated with the…

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UAE suspends flights from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Namibia in bid to mitigate virus spread

AFRICA – The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA) have announced the suspension of all inbound flights for national and international carriers coming from Liberia, Sierra Leon, and Namibia. The travel suspension which takes effect as from today includes inbound transit passengers with the exception of transit flights coming to the UAE and heading to these countries, the GCAA said. The GCAA indicated that it is required for those coming from Liberia, Sierra Leon, and Namibia through other countries that…

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Africa reports over 5.2 million COVID-19 cases in what seems to be the peak of the third wave

AFRICA – Data published by the Africa CDC shows that the continent has so far reported 5,212,840 cases out of 50,843,958 tests conducted since the onset of the pandemic. Africa, which has earned a spot on WHO’s watch list for a rapidly rising third wave, has reported 137,695 fatalities and 4,622,512 recoveries. Most African nations are recording an increase in numbers every day, even as vaccination continues to roll out at a, slow than should be, pace. South Africa, a country that has seen the worst under the pandemic in…

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As coronavirus cases rise, Africa faces immense threat from rise of deadlier variants

AFRICA – African Union Member States have reported 5,190,181 COVID-19 cases, 137,350 deaths and 4,611,132 recoveries according to the most recent report. According to the Africa CDC, new variants of the SARS-CoV-2 are rapidly spreading across continents and multiple variants are emerging in Africa, some deadlier, as the continent slips into a third wave. The World Health Organization (WHO) is concerned about the slowdown in vaccination, with 47 of Africa’s 54 countries at the risk of missing the September target of vaccinating 10 percent of their population, unless 225 million…

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African countries win the race against time with testing laboratories thanks to the African Development Bank

IVORY COAST – Daily testing capacity of African countries has risen from 13,200 at the beginning of the epidemic to 105,000 tests at the moment. At the beginning of the pandemic, Africa had its back to the wall, helpless in the face of the magnitude of a virus that appeared in Asia and quickly spread to the entire planet. Only two African countries were able to test for the novel coronavirus at the time, Senegal, with its Pasteur Institute, and South Africa, the most industrialized country on the continent. However,…

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