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Keep up to date with the latest news and insight on the Healthcare Industry in the Middle East and Africa. As a research provider with a geographic advantage in the MEA region, Infomineo invites you to learn about the current trends of market developments, news on the private and public sector of the healthcare industry, as well as upcoming projects and events.


Dubai's Healthcare Push

In the past few years, Dubai has been increasingly recognized as the destination of world-class healthcare providers. Indeed, the city holds two healthcare free zones, Dubai Healthcare City (launched in 2002) and Dubai Biotechnology and Research Park (launched in 2010), which have their own regulatory bodies. The healthcare free zones’ mission is to enable high quality integrated healthcare, education, research, and wellness. The objectives under their establishments also include delivering exceptional customer experiences and ultimately impacting every member of the Emirati society. What’s more, Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has unveiled the Dubai Health Sector Strategy 2013-2025 to ensure that the city will feature among the top medical tourism destinations around the world.  

Many existing factors could help drive the latter medical tourism initiative. For starters, Dubai has amongst the best tourism infrastructure in the world. In addition to this, 70% of Emirati hospitals are internationally accredited since 88.5% of UAE’s residents are expats. More importantly, the country has a well-regulated medical sector under the parameter of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA). However, in terms of existing infrastructure, the UAE is nonetheless far from meeting World Health Organization’s recommendations.



This Month In MEA

Cipla to acquire South Africa’s Anmarate

Drugmaker Cipla Ltd’s South Africa has agreed to acquire pharmaceuticals company Anmarate Pty Ltd for ZAR26.25 million (USD1.9 million). The acquisition of Anmarate, one of the largest three pharma companies in the South Africa, reflects a growing expansion for Cipla in the market.

Read More - Vccircle

Merck partners with ASPIRE to improve access to regulated fertility care in Africa and Asia

Merck, in partnership with ASPIRE, has conducted a panel to address challenges and solutions to improve access to regulated fertility care in Africa and Asia. During the 7th annual Congress of ASPIRE, there was a focus on exploring opportunities to collaborate with Asian Fertility Societies in Africa and developing countries.

Read More - Pharmabiz

Kenya launches Herceptin access program for patients with breast cancer

The first group of Kenyan patients suffering from breast cancer has received Herceptin free of charge at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH). The Herceptin access program had resulted from a co-funding agreement signed with Roche in 2016. 

Read More – Daily Nation

WHO supports new initiative in South Sudan's rural communities to access health services

Only 40% of people in South Sudan are within reach of health facilities and have consistent access to primary health care services. The Boma Health Initiative seeks to provide sustainable delivery of essential public health programs at the community level. An estimated 12.3 million people in South Sudan are at risk of disease outbreaks.

Read More - WHO

Algeria to carry out its own clinical trials

Ahmed Said Frihat, the Director of Pharmaceutical products at the Ministry of Health, announced that Algeria is expected to carry out its own clinical trial to develop new drugs.

Read More - Algeria Times



US provides pharmaceuticals support to Ethiopia

USAID, Management Sciences for Health, and the Ministry of Health of Ethiopia concluded USAID's System for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services Activity. The activity strengthened pharmaceutical management, supported the development of treatment guidelines and health facility standards, and reduced waste and corruption in the pharmaceutical sector. 

Read More – New Business Ethiopia

Improvement for maternal & newborn health in Tanzania

A quality improvement intervention for maternal and newborn health was carried out in southern Tanzania at the community level. A process evaluation populated using data primarily from in-depth interviews and focus group discussions was undertaken in four villages.

Read More – Sage Journals

Kenya: Meningitis Vaccine amid Threat of Outbreak

A new vaccine, developed by Pfizer, to contain meningitis was launched in Nairobi as the debilitating bacterial disease threatens to break out in the country's northern counties amid biting drought. 

Read More - Punchng

National Health Coordination Hub Launched in Sierra Leone

The Ministry of Health & Sanitation in collaboration with the Information & Communications Ministry has officially launched its National eHealth Coordination Hub. The initiative is supported by UNICEF with funding from the USAID.

Read More – Awareness Times





HCG acquires cancer care Kenya

Healthcare Global Enterprises (HCG) is to acquire a 93.6% stake in Cancer Care Kenya (CCK). The value of the deal is approximately USD900,000 in cash. The acquisition is expected to help boost the national healthcare infrastructure needed for advanced oncology treatments.

Read More - Forbes

 Varian Medical Systems establishes direct operation in South Africa

Varian has installed more than 100 radiotherapy systems across Africa over the past 25 years, including 30 in South Africa. The entitly will be based in Johannesburg and will employ sales, service and support staff to better serve the growing cancer population in the country.

Read More – PR Newswire

 USD1.1bn needed to tackle Meningitis in Nigeria

According to the General Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), a total population of 22 million in the five affected states will cost USD 1.1billion to be vaccinated. 

Read More - Ecofin


 Algeria to become one of world health leaders

World Health Organization (WHO) experts, reported that Algeria has ranked among the world leading countries in the pharmaceutical industry. 

Read More – Algeria Press Service

 Cipla agrees to divest its animal health business in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa

Cipla has entered agreements with the group companies of Ascendis Health Limited, South Africa for divesting its animal health business in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Read More – 4traders


Veloxis Pharmaceuticals signs agreement with Taiba Healthcare to develop business in MEA

Veloxis Pharmaceuticals Inc, has entered into an exclusive license, supply and distribution agreement with Taiba Healthcare to register, commercialize and distribute Envarsus XR in certain countries throughout (MENA) region.

Read More – Veloxis Press Release

7,000 medical laboratories operate illegally in Nigeria

The CEO of El-Lab Medical Diagnostic and Research Centre, reported that there were about 12,000 listed medical laboratories in Nigeria, out of which less than 5,000 were issued approval to operate.

Read More – PM News

Nigeria: Biogaran takes over Swipha’s activities

Biogaran, a French pharmaceutical company specialized in generic and biosimilar drugs announced the takeover of all the activities of Swipha, a Nigerian company that manufactures and distributes pharmaceutical products.

Read More - Servier

Kidney dialysis for state patients - a first for Namibia

Patients with chronic kidney disease will for the first time in Namibia be dialyzed at state facilities, when the first government-run renal dialysis units become available.

Read More – New Era

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