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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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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Andaman7 and Afrisda sign partnership agreement to support digital health implementation in Africa

AFRICA – With Africa emerging as the new breeding ground for innovative digital health solutions, Belgian American e-health company Andaman7 and African Sustainable Development Advisors (Afrisda, Inc.), have signed a partnership agreement to support digital health implementation in Africa. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for global health solutions to benefit all nations. Africa’s vast population which bears the world’s greatest disease incidence and significant healthcare shortages, makes digital health a key area of focus. Furthermore, the challenge and opportunity to increase the use of digital health solutions to…

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Helium Health launches in Kenya with aim to integrate new technologies in healthcare

KENYA – Helium Health, a Lagos-based HealthTech provider, has launched its operations in Kenya to offer services in Electronic Medical Records(EMR) and Hospital Management Information(HMI) systems. The company is in partnership with Philips Healthcare Technologies, Carepay and Savannah Informatics, who are local service providers, to integrate new services, including an EMR to serve the entire East African market. Launched in 2016, Helium Health is the largest Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and Hospital Management Information (HMI) Systems provider in West Africa. Venturing into the Kenyan market follows a plan the company…

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Flipkart partners with Telangana under the medicines from the sky project to bolster healthcare delivery

INDIA – Flipkart, an Indian e-commerce company, has announced partnering with Telangana government under the medicines from the sky project to pilot delivery of medical supplies and vaccines using drones. The medicines from the sky project which was conceived by the World Economic Forum and Healthnet Global outlines the requirements for drone delivery. Telangana government has adopted this framework to implement drones for last mile delivery and will integrate them into the state’s healthcare supply chain. Flipkart will utilize learnings from its tech-enabled supply chain to deploy drones for a…

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Orange targets Africa E-health as it partners with Axa Assurance to buy DabaDoc

MOROCCO – Orange has teamed up with Axa Assurance in Morocco to acquire a majority stake in health-technology company DabaDoc, as part of the group’s long-term goal to establish itself as a multi-service digital operator in Africa and the Middle East. The financial terms of the transaction have not been disclosed. Orange Africa and Middle East and Axa Assurance Maroc will jointly acquire the stake, with the pair running DabaDoc alongside its founders. DabaDoc, which was set up in 2014, is an online platform offering access to healthcare services in…

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Decline in health tech momentum even as investors plunge deeper into funding rounds

INDONESIA – Preliminary data on investments in health tech startups in Southeast Asia suggests a slowing momentum this year even as major players continue to pull more funds. One of the largest telemedicine providers in the region, Alodokter, has announced its latest funding round backed by MDI Ventures, the investment arm of Indonesia’s Telkom Group, and Samsung Venture Investment Corporation. Last month, its fiercest rival in Indonesia, Halodoc, announced an $80 million round led by local conglomerate Astra International and joined by Singapore’s Temasek Holdings. Halodoc has raised at least…

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Pharmaceutical knowledge database DrugBank expands into new regions to compound global influence

CANADA – DrugBank, the world’s most complete and up-to-date pharmaceutical knowledge database, expands operations into Austria, Colombia, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Thailand, and Turkey to better serve global partners. DrugBank augments human intelligence to improve the world’s health by offering a suite of products that enable healthcare companies to improve healthcare delivery through precision medicine or clinical software application, while uncovering insights by applying data science to drug discovery.  “With these new additions, our pharmaceutical knowledge base becomes even more accessible and comprehensive,” explains Mike Wilson, CEO of DrugBank.  Wilson continues…

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Vodacom, AUDA-NEPAD to roll out digital tech for Covid-19 vaccinations in Africa

AFRICA – South African mobile telecommunication company Vodacom Group, part of Vodafone Group, will work with AUDA-NEPAD to build digital infrastructure to manage vaccinations across up to 55 countries, following successful deployments in South Africa – to manage Covid-19 vaccinations – and in Mozambique, Tanzania, and Nigeria – to manage infant inoculations. According to a statement released to the media, 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 “to boost…

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E-health start-up TIBU raises seed funding round from Blue Haven Initiative to expand its product offering

KENYA – E-health start-up TIBU, a digital platform that decentralises primary outpatient care to bring it directly to patients in Kenya, has raised a seed funding round to help it scale its operations. Mooted in 2016, built in 2019, and launched to the public in early 2020, TIBU is an on-demand platform that connects people to healthcare workers in real-time, who deploy to a location and time of the patient’s choosing.  The start-up has served over 10,000 patients since its launch, rolled out a comprehensive home-based vaccination service alongside Amref Health Africa, launched…

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