Health-tech startup Estshara raises US$500,000 funding to expand operations

EGYPT – Cairo-based healthtech platform, Estshara, has raised US$500,000 in a Seed funding round aimed at helping the startup to expand operations. Estshara plans to use its new funding to grow its current user base to six million by the end of the 2021, by providing extra offerings and customer care activities. “The investment will help us scale our organization with exceptional talent and enhanced resources, as well as further increase our marketing and sales outreach to support our focused go-to-market strategy and achieve our expansion goals,” Founder and CEO…

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Vezeeta launches new SaaS solution to improve healthcare experiences

EGYPT – Vezeeta, the Middle East and Africa’s leading digital healthcare platform, is rolling out its B2B SaaS solution which enables healthcare entities, both small and large, to enhance their patients’ healthcare experiences through a digital-first approach. Launched in 2015 in Cairo, Vezeeta allows millions of patients across multiple countries in the Middle East and Africa to search, book and review the best doctors and medical services in just one minute. It also provides innovative SaaS solutions to thousands of healthcare providers listed on its platform. The company, which last…

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China, Egypt mark joint production of 1M COVID-19 vaccine doses in Egypt

EGYPT – Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry commemorated a ceremony marking the joint production of 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine in Egypt. After China and Egypt inked a letter of intent for cooperation on COVID-19 vaccine production in December 2020, a Chinese company signed an agreement with an Egyptian firm and sent technical teams to Egypt to facilitate the local production of the vaccine. Only half a year after the signing of the agreement, the Chinese vaccine was officially put…

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Egyptian e-health startup raises US$7.5m Series B funding to expand operations

EGYPT – Yodawy, Egypt’s leading online health and wellbeing platform, has successfully raised US$7.5 million in a Series B funding to help it expand its product offering and enter new markets. Founded in 2018, Yodawy has introduced a benefits management platform for pharmacies that enables the entire healthcare ecosystem, insurance companies, pharmacies, and pharmaceuticals, to serve a wider customer base, faster.  The platform allows its over 2000 subscribers to have their medicine and products delivered, insurance companies to automate approvals, and pharmacies to boost their sales through e-commerce offerings. “Yodawy…

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Egypt sends medical aid to Sudan under the Egyptian Pan-Africanism umbrella

SUDAN – A total of four planes from Egypt have arrived in Sudan’s capital of Khartoum, carrying 39 tons of medical supplies and equipment. The planes were received at Khartoum International Airport by Acting Director General of Global Health Directorate at Sudan’s Federal Ministry of Health Arwa Omer and the Egyptian Ambassador to Sudan Hossam Eissa. Omer, speaking to reporters at the airport, expressed Sudan’s gratitude to the Egyptian government and people for their support. “This is not the first initiative from Egypt, as Egypt was one of the first…

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5.69 million and counting, Africa’s Covid-19 situation in a nutshell

AFRICA – A total of 5,693,566 Covid-19 cases have been reported in Africa so far. The continent, which is currently at the peak of the third wave of infections, has reported 146,175 deaths and 4,906,990 recoveries. At least ten countries in Africa have attained a threshold of over 100,000 cases. These include; South Africa, the most affected country I the continent having reported 2,075,409 cases, 1,827,821 recoveries and 62,171 deaths. South Africa is followed closely by Morocco and Tunisia which have recorded 534,797cases and 9,329 deaths, 447,161                cases and 15,482…

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Egypt announces health projects and agreements with South Sudan, Djibouti and Rwanda

EGYPT – The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced the establishment of a malaria control project in South Sudan to be funded by the ministry’s Agency of Partnership for Development. The announcement came after Egypt’s ambassador to Rwanda, Ahmed El Ansary, signed a memorandum of understanding to build an Egyptian center for heart surgeries in the Rwandan capital, Kigali. The Egyptian Foreign Ministry said that the center, which is the first of its kind in East Africa, would provide treatment for cardiovascular diseases, especially among children, training for medical…

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Organon sets up camp in Egypt with a focus on women’s health

EGYPT – Organon, a global health care company dedicated to making a world of difference for women, has launched a new chapter in Egypt. Women’s health is being transformed and further prioritized with the launch of Organon, the only global company of its size focused on women’s health. This launch will not only transform women’s healthcare, but will also create over 400 job opportunities across Middle East, North Africa and Turkey (MENAT). Organon aims to apply their expertise, products and technology in women-related conditions to influence change in the region and…

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IFC, Proparco, DEG and DFC to support Covid-19 vaccine and pharma manufacturing in Africa

SOUTH AFRICA – The International Finance Corporation (IFC), Proparco, the German Development Finance Institution (DEG) and the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) have announced a partnership to support vaccine manufacturing in Africa, pharmaceutical development so as to accelerate the continent’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the partnership, IFC, Proparco, a subsidiary of Agence Française de Développement (AFD Group), DEG and DFC, along with other partners, are exploring potential collaboration with vaccine producers on the continent, including Aspen, among others, to support the continued development of sustainable local vaccine…

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