Pfizer Partners With South Africa To Produce Pneumococcal Vaccine

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Global pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, has partnered with South Africa’s Biovac Institute to produce a potentially life-saving pneumonia vaccine for infants, a cabinet minister said on Tuesday.
According to the World Health Organisation, pneumonia is the leading infectious cause of death among children worldwide, accounting for 15 percent of all deaths for children under the age of 5 years.
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Herscher videographer shoots medical care mission in Africa

Kristi Oloffson is creating a video record of another world, a world that might be a little hard for most Americans to accept. She’s just hoping that people will open their eyes and really see the images she’s capturing.
The 29-year-old Herscher High School grad is serving these days on a Mercy Ship, offering free medical services for the poor while docked in Madagascar in Africa. They arrived in August and will stay until next June. This mission was definitely a change of course for a career that seemed on the fast track — in a very different direction.
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Ethiopia: East African Aviation imports first air ambulance aircraft

The King Air350 air ambulance aircraft was bought from a US-based company at a cost of 2.5 million dollars. Managing director of MTDN, owner of East African Aviation, Mulat Lemlemayehu (Capt.), told The Reporter that more than 500,000 US dollars were spent to equip the aircraft with a state-of-the-art medical equipment required to give emergency medical services on board.
Mulat flew the new aircraft all the way from Greenville, South Carolina to Addis Ababa three weeks ago. “It was a 28 hours flight or it took four and half days to reach here.”
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In a Marathon, Anesthesiologist Improves African Health Care One Step at a Time

As a young anesthesiologist, Mark Newton, MD, made a brave and unusual decision. Together with his wife Sue and their two small sons, he moved to rural Kenya to work at Kijabe Hospital. It wasn’t just a visit; with over a decade of medical mission work under his belt, Dr. Newton realized that to have an enduring influence as a medical educator in Africa, he needed to live where he was practicing.
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CardioComm Solutions to be an integral part of Europtima’s strategic initiative to introduce state-of-the-art medical solutions overseas

Toronto, Ontario–(Newsfile Corp. – October 29, 2015) – CardioComm Solutions, Inc. (TSXV: EKG) (“CardioComm Solutions” or the “Company”) a global medical provider of consumer heart monitoring and medical electrocardiogram (“ECG”) software solutions, today confirmed that is has signed a marketing and sales agreement with UAE-based Europtima Medical Solutions FZ, LLC (“EMS”), a company dedicated to provide medical technology, hardware and software solutions to hospitals, private clinics and other medical facilities in several middle east countries as well as Africa and Europe.
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UNDP completes phase one of EVD support to health facilities

As part of its EVD response programme, a UNDP Technical Team set up to oversee the autoclave installation has completed phase one of the delivery and installation of six autoclaves at medical facilities across the country.
A statement issued by the UNDP in Monrovia on Tuesday said with the delivery and installation of these pressure chamber and sterilized equipment, hospitals like the Tellewoyan health facility in Lofa County, C.H.
Rennie Hospital in Kakata and Phebe in Bong, now have a machine to help manage medical and non-medical wastes.
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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.”