Mark Sardi steps down as Ascendis CEO while the company commences recapitalization

SOUTH AFRICA – Ascendis Health has announced that Mark Sardi has resigned as chief executive of the South African health and well-being company with effect from December 31, in the wake of getting shareholder approval for the group’s recapitalization. Earlier this month, shareholders voted in favor of the recapitalization, which aims to settle outstanding debt of approximately €444 million (more than R7.6 billion) owed to senior lenders. The firm said Sardi had joined the company in October 2019 with a mandate to turn Ascendis Health around operationally and fix the…

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John Nkengasong, Africa C.D.C chair, appointed to lead global AIDS fund PEPFAR

USA – The USA administration is expected to nominate John Nkengasong, a virologist and director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to lead the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). PEPFAR is a US$7 billion operation that funds and sets goals for AIDS care in many nations, most of them in Africa. Dr. Nkengasong, who was born in Cameroon, is the first person of African origin to head the program, which is housed in the Department of State. “This is a huge leap forward for the…

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UK’s Gordon Brown appointed as WHO Ambassador for Global Health Financing

UK – The World Health Organisation has appointed former UK prime minister Gordon Brown an ambassador for global health financing. Mr. Brown who is the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education has been campaigning tirelessly in recent months for wealthy nations and the private sector to ensure the equitable distribution of Covid-19 vaccines. He has called for a concerted global effort to save lives, especially in poorer countries, to help end the pandemic and restore livelihoods the world over. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general, said: “I am delighted…

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IPO-Bound Healthtech Startup PharmEasy Appoints 5 Independent Directors

INDIA – Ahead of its planned initial public offering (IPO), API Holdings, the parent company of one of the largest healthtech startups PharmEasy, has appointed five independent directors to its board. The startup said in a statement that at present, it has a total of 12 board members including the newly-appointed five independent directors “The fresh appointments bring a great amount of cognitive diversity to the board, with luminaries from the world of public service, technology, pharma, medical fraternity, and the consumer sector,” the company said in a statement. As…

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Ajay Kumar Pal replaces Nervin Bradford as new Cipla CEO

UGANDA – Cipla Quality Chemicals Ltd, the producer of human drugs including anti-malarial and anti-retroviral is set to receive a new managing director, Ajay Kumar Pal to take over the Luzira-based firm next month. Kumar will succeed Nevin Bradford, who has been CEO since 2013 and doubling as the executive director and head of Cipla’s Rest of Africa Business-a portfolio, he held prior to his current appointment. Bradford will be will be retiring. Emmanuel Katongole, the company’s board chairperson, said Kumar joined the company in February last year as the…

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GCUC Founder receives international award for its health education programmes in Africa

GHANA – The Founder of the Garden City University College (GCUC) has picked up a special award at this year’s African Health Care Awards, and Summit organized by Zenith Global Health. Being one of the leading private universities promoting the training of health professionals in Ghana, it was recognized for its contribution to the healthcare sector on the continent. The award and summit, which was on the theme, “Advances in diabetes and cancer care; plugging the gaps”, took place in Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria. Zenith Global Health was established in…

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IFPMA And Speak Up Africa To Unveil Winners of the Africa Young Innovators for Health Award

SENEGAL – The International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA) and Speak Up Africa (SUA) will exclusively announce the final three winners of the first Africa Young Innovators for Health Award. The announcement will take place during the official Award ceremony on Thursday, 16th September 2021. The Ceremony will be a hybrid event in Dakar, Senegal and online. The Awards ceremony will convene prominent healthcare leaders from across Africa and beyond, from entrepreneurs to technical, business and policy experts to celebrate African Innovation. The final three winners shall receive…

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Tunisia Health Minister kicked out over spiraling coronavirus infections

TUNISIA – Tunisia’s Prime Minister, Hichem Mechichi, has fired Health Minister Faouzi Mehdi, amid escalating coronavirus cases in the North African country. The ministry said earlier this month that Tunisia’s health system had “collapsed” under the weight of the pandemic, which has caused more than 17,000 deaths in a population of around 12 million. Mechichi’s office announced Mehdi’s sacking in a brief statement Tuesday, without giving a reason for the move. A government statement said the minister of social affairs, Mohamed Trabelsi, has been appointed as caretaker of the position.…

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Dr. Njoki Fernandes appointed as Kenya Medical Association CEO

KENYA – The Kenya Medical association (KMA), has appointed Dr. Njoki Fernandes to succeed Dr. Elizabeth Gitau as the associations’ new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Dr. Njoki is a seasoned all-round healthcare expert. She is a Consultant Obstetrician / Gynecologist and an alumnus of the University of Nairobi and Strathmore Business School. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Njoki served as the Chief Health Advisor and Principal Consultant in the Healthcare Consulting Division at Minet Kenya Insurance Brokers. Dr. Fernandes brings to KMA her vast experience in healthcare administration, financing, provision…

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Amref Health Africa Group CEO appointed Africa’s Covid-19 Response team boss

KENYA – Amref Health Africa Group CEO Dr. Githinji Gitahi has been appointed commissioner of the Africa Covid-19 Response Commission by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. The announcement comes after the appointment of Ramaphosa as the African Union Champion on Covid-19 by the African Union Bureau of Assembly of Heads of State and Government (AU Bureau) at the 34th Ordinary Session of the AU held on 6th February 2021. Speaking after his appointment, Dr. Gitahi said the surges of Covid-19 in various Africa countries continue to be a growing concern,…

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