February 16, 2017


VIVO Healthcare receives investment from ICCO Netherlands

VIVO Healthcare (VIVO) today announced that it has received a strategic investment from ICCO Investments, the investment arm of Netherlands-based ICCO Cooperation.

Founded by Shakti Singh and Reena Puri, VIVO Healthcare is a pioneer in organising the market for healthcare based skill training and education in India. As a global development organisation, ICCO will support VIVO's plans to expand into various emerging markets which have a need for training large numbers of healthcare workers.


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February 11, 2017


Pharmaceutical legislation aims to boost domestic production, says Boudiaf

The pharmaceutical legislation in Algeria aims to boost domestic production, affirmed Thursday in Algiers Minister of Health, Population and Hospital Reform Abdelmalek Sellal, calling for further investments in this area abroad.

Algeria's pharmaceutical legislation 'lacks vocation to favour importation. On the contrary, It aims to develop the capacities of domestic production,' said Boudiaf in a speech read on his behalf by the representative of"...

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February 9, 2017


Private sector input key to improving healthcare — envoy

Kenya needs to mount an aggressive public-private-partnership-health initiative, as this will pay dividends towards the country’s overall development.

UNDP resident representative Siddharth Chatterjee yesterday said a health fund should be set up, ring-fenced and be used to develop accessible, quality and compassionate healthcare.

“Public health is an engine of"...

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February 9, 2017


Algerian-Saudi plant for production of ophthalmic medications

An Algerian-Saudi partnership agreement on the creation of joint plant for the production in Algeria of ophthalmic medications has been signed Wednesday in Algiers.

Under the agreement, the Algerian laboratory of drugs manufacture Huppharma and the Saudi Pharmaceutical Firm Jamjoom Pharma will create in Constantine an industrial plant for the production of 250 million bottles of eye washes per year.


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February 5, 2017


Notable improvement in treatment of cancer patients in Algeria

Minister of Health, Population and Hospital Reform Abdelmalek Boudiaf affirmed Saturday, in Setif, that Algeria, which celebrates the World Cancer Day, has recorded a “notable improvement” in the treatment of cancer patients.

Speaking in the auditorium Kacem Nait Belkacem of the University of Setif 1, the minister said that Algeria has launched a national anti-cancer plan 2015/2019 pursuant to the guidelines of President of the Republic"...

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February 2, 2017


India’s medical tourism gets Africa’s attention

Nagged by a sharp back pain three years ago, Abidemi Ogbonna from Lagos, Nigeria, decided to visit a nearby hospital called Apollo. Thinking it was just a minor problem, she was shocked when her physician informed her that she urgently needed a kidney transplant.

The procedure could not be performed locally, her doctor told her. Flying to India was her best chance of a successful operation. Ogbonna’s middle-class family could afford the expenses,"...

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February 2, 2017


Fight against cancer: Algeria makes “remarkable progress”

Algeria has made “remarkable progress” in combating cancer and plans to give the priority, in 2017, to screening and prevention from this disease, said Wednesday the Ministry of Health, Population and Hospital Reform in a communiqué.

Algeria, which celebrates the World Cancer Day on February 4th, has made “remarkable progress” in the fight against this pathology by ensuring notably the “availability” of"...

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January 29, 2017


Saidal: New production units to be launched in 2017

Saidal group will expand its area of activity in 2017, with the entry into operation of new production units including that of insulin bottles said the director general of this public company, Yacine Tounsi, in an interview granted to APS.

It is the entry into production of two categories of projects: production units of generic drugs and specialized units.

For the generics,"...

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January 26, 2017


Organisation Calls for Improved Universal Healthcare Coverage

As part of efforts to commemorate the Universal Health Coverage Day, a non-governmental organisation, Save the Children International, has called for improved healthcare coverage for all Nigerians.

Giving the call at a media parley in Lagos recently, the Advocacy Officer, Save the Children, Ms Lawrence Adetokunbo, said one of the best ways to achieving this was for the federal government to increase health allocation in the 2017 health budget.


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January 25, 2017


Drug imports bill up in 2016

The imports bill of pharmaceutical products increased by more than 2% in 2016, in comparison with 2015, despite the decrease of imported quantities, the Customs told APS.

The value of imports of these products rose to USD2.02 billion in 2016, compared to USD1.97 billion in 2015 (+2.4), said the Customs’ National Centre for Data Processing and Statistics (CNIS).


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