Trends shaping pharma industry in Africa

Imagine the future’: DHL’s Annual Regional Life Sciences & Healthcare conference focused on life sciences & healthcare supply chains and enhancing the life sciences and healthcare sector
-Africa highlighted as a market with high potential for life sciences & healthcare companies
-As growth in developed markets stagnates, companies in the life sciences and healthcare market are increasingly looking for growth in Africa.
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Africa’s first automated microbiology lab unveiled in Durban

Africa’s first automated microbiology lab has been unveiled in Durban. This cutting edge technology will contribute to reducing health care costs due to quicker and more efficient diagnosis of medical conditions and treatment of patients.
The state of the art diagnostic system is set to revolutionise patient diagnosis in KwaZulu-Natal. And it’s the first of its kind for microbiology in Africa.

The BD Kiestra at the Lancet Laboratories in Durban will enable the testing of different medical samples like urine and blood quicker and in a more standardised manner.

General Manager of Becton, Dickinson and Company, the developers of Kiestra, Ian Wakefield, says based on the success of Kiestra in Duban, there are plans to roll it out to Johannesburg and Pretoria soon.

“As a manual method, it’s very time consuming, very laborious and requires a lot of resources to do. What it has done is firstly standardised clinical practice leading to improved quality of results. It’s really setting the tone in terms of the future of microbiology showing that through an automated system you can get better efficiencies. This is just a quote from Dr David Garner a microbiologist in the UK, who says the patients benefit from the accuracy of the results, the reliability of the results and the speed of the result.”

Dr Krishnee Moodley a medical microbiologist at Lancet laboratories says, “By speeding up the results that actually arrive by the patient’s bedside we are giving the doctor appropriate antibiotic choices so he is able to step down from the broader more expensive antibiotics to the narrow spectrum more appropriate for the patient and patients are able to respond quicker and discharged faster.”

Gambia: Seven children on medical trip to Germany

Seven Gambian children diagnosed with different health conditions, have been flown to Germany for further medical attention, APA can report Tuesday.The medical trip is sponsored by local NGO Project Aid-The Gambia in collaboration with a German international organization called the Peace Village.
According to health officials, the children who left Banjul on Monday, were not the first batch to benefit from the treatment package in the European nation.
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Serenus Biotherapeutics Opens East African Regional Office in Nairobi, Kenya

DUBLIN, IRELAND and JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA — (Marketwired) — 10/12/15 — Serenus Biotherapeutics, which is bridging the divide between the world’s leading healthcare markets and the growing demand for access to innovative drugs and devices in the emerging nations of Africa, today announced the opening of an East African regional office in Nairobi, Kenya.
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Mental Health Care in West Africa Is Often a Product of Luck

SANDEMA, Ghana — For more than a year, Rebecca Ajadogbil had been living alone in her head, convinced that strange men were coming to capture and murder her.
Confined to a room in her family’s mud-walled compound here, not far from the border with Burkina Faso, she was hundreds of miles from the nearest psychiatric ward. Those closest to her suspected that she was possessed and called in local healers, who plied her with herbal brews and chanted incantations over her.
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African Union Leader Continues Official Visit to Cuba

Havana, Oct 2 (Prensa Latina) Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairwoman of the African Union Commission (AU), continues today her agenda of activities in the context of her official visit here, which includes meetings with officials from the island.
Dlamini-Zuma will hold official talks today with Cuban Acting Foreign Minister, Marcelino Medina, and then proceed to the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Republic of Cuba and the AU Commission.
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Rwanda chosen for world’s first ‘drone-port’ to deliver medical supplies

British architect Norman Foster proposes drones which would fly from three ports from 2020, delivering ‘precious supplies to remote areas’.
It sounds like science fiction: unmanned drones carrying emergency medicine zooming above the rolling hills of Rwanda.
But there are proposals – including one by the eminent British architect Norman Foster – to set up “cargo drone routes capable of delivering urgent and precious supplies to remote areas on a massive scale”, and the East African nation of Rwanda has been chosen as a test case.
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NIH funds training for junior medical faculty in Africa

NIH funds training for junior medical faculty in AfricaThe National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently awarded approximately $36.5 million over the next five years to promote junior faculty training in research careers at academic institutions in Africa.
This move is part of the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI), which started in 2010 and seeks to transform medical education in sub-Saharan Africa. The goal is to improve community-based training sites, upgrade curricula, and strengthen communications technology and e-learning resources.
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