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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Canada announces US$8m support for hospitals in Ghana’s Ashanti region

GHANA – The Canadian government in partnership with UNICEF has offered US$ 8 million to improve quality health, nutrition, sanitation, and hygiene services in four selected hospitals in the Ashanti Region, with a focus on gender equality. This partnership aims to strengthen the region’s capacity to diagnose and treat COVID-19 patients through the provision of training and supplies, including digital tablets, protective gears for frontline health workers, oxygen therapy equipment, laboratory equipment for regional laboratories and clinics. H.E. Kati Csaba, Canadian High Commissioner to Ghana who announced the package, said…

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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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The Obamacare upheld by the Supreme court following the republicans bid to overturn it

US – The US Supreme Court has rejected a bid by Republican-led states to overturn Obamacare, safeguarding the health insurance of millions at a time when the COVID-19 is still a threat in much of America. The 7-2 ruling decision by the supreme court upheld the Affordable Care Act with Texas and 17 other states not having a stand in the case. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the comprehensive healthcare reform signed into law by President Barack Obama in March 2010 and is known as the Patient Protection and…

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Somaliland Signs Medical Cooperation Deal with Taiwan to improve healthcare services

SOMALILAND – Somaliland and Taiwan on Thursday signed a medical cooperation agreement that will see improvement of healthcare services in the Horn of Africa nation. The agreement signed between Taiwan minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan) H.E. Jaushieh Joseph Wu and H.E. Liban Yusuf Osman, Acting Minister of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development of the Republic of Somaliland is aimed at improving the problem of high maternal and neonatal mortality Minister Wu stated the medical care is the key area of bilateral cooperation between…

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Nairobi Hospital confirms James Nyamongo as hospital CEO

KENYA – The Nairobi Hospital Board of Management has confirmed the appointment of James Nyamongo as the facility’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Mr. Nyamongo’s appointment is effective December 7, 2020, when he was appointed acting CEO on a six-month probationary term following the unceremonious ouster of former CEO Allan Pamba. In a statement to media houses announcing his appointment, the board said it appreciated the progress Mr. Nyamongo has achieved towards the transformation of the hospital. The CEO holds a Master’s Degree in Finance and Public Policy from the University…

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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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NMS set to commission 12 new hospitals in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi

KENYA – The Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) is primed to open 12 new hospitals within a fortnight as it steps up access to affordable healthcare in informal settlements in Nairobi. The 12 health facilities are part of 24 hospitals being put up by the Major General Mohamed Badi-led administration in the lower-income residential areas. “A total of 12 of the new hospitals are ready for commissioning. We are hoping in the next two weeks His Excellency the President will give us guidance on opening them,” said Mr Badi. Already, four…

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Drop in blood donations threatens to place African healthcare delivery services in jeopardy

CONGO – Blood donation has fallen by 17% in the African region in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic that has caused widespread disruptions to key health services, lives and livelihoods. An analysis by the World Health Organization (WHO) found that the frequency of blood drives in the African region has dropped by 25% and demand for blood declined by 13%, with the suspension of routine surgeries in some countries and fewer people seeking care in health facilities. Around 7 million people need blood transfusion every year in the region.…

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Pegasus veterans launch new hybrid healthcare agency dubbed Stirred

AUSTRALIA – Senior Pegasus colleagues Jo Spadaccino and Stuart Hehir have launched a new hybrid healthcare agency named Stirred to service clients who want to positively influence health. The agency will offer communications, marketing and creative consultancy to businesses and organizations concerned with the healthcare industry. Spadaccino and Stuart Hehir worked together at Pegasus for 10 years, and both left the firm last summer. They were part of the shareholding team that grew Pegasus from a 20 person, £2m agency to a 140-person, £12m firm, which was acquired by UDG…

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