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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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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CARITEC® to be sold in India following a licensing agreement between Sun Pharma and Ferring Pharmaceuticals

INDIA – Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Limited today announced that one of its wholly owned subsidiaries has entered into a license agreement with Ferring Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd. (Ferring), a subsidiary of Switzerland-based biopharmaceuticals MNC Ferring Pharmaceuticals, to commercialize a Room Temperature Stable (RTS) formulation of obstetric drug, CARITEC® (Carbetocin RTS) in India. CARITEC ® is an innovative obstetric drug for preventing post-partum hemorrhage. It is a Room Temperature Stable (RTS) formulation of Carbetocin and addresses limitations in refrigeration and cold-chain transportation CARITEC® is indicated for the prevention of excessive bleeding in…

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World Bank approves additional US$54.6m financing to strengthen Burundi’s health system

BURUNDI – The World Bank has approved an additional financing of US$54.6 million for the Health System Support Project (KIRA), in Burundi. Like the parent project, this additional financing from the International Development Association (IDA) aims to increase the use of quality Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, Child and Adolescent Health services. In the event of an eligible crisis or emergency, a contingent response component will allow for immediate and effective support to the government. “This new financing will continue to strengthen the various health system pillars in Burundi for the well-being…

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Vodacom DRC, Mondia launch maternal health service in DRC

DRC – Vodacom DRC, a communications company, and Mondia, a private mobile technology company driven by innovation, have announce the rollout of the Mum & Baby maternal health service across the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Mum & Baby is a free-of-charge mobile health intervention service that provides Vodacom DRC subscribers with maternal, neonatal and child health information designed to encourage good health practices amongst pregnant women, mothers, partners and caregivers. Mondia creates Mum & Baby’s tailored content in the local language, and includes expert articles, videos and information-sharing SMS…

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