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Tuesday, September 29, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Hershey Announces Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Build a Sustainable Supply Chain

Source: MarketWatch

The Hershey Company announced a new Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action to train 7,500 farmers in Ghana on improved agronomic practices, empowering them to supply local commercial markets with safe and high-quality peanuts to produce Vivi, a vitamin and mineral-fortified nutritional supplement distributed to school children in Ghana.
Thursday, August 13, 2015 — No Region Specified

Bid protest denied on largest-ever USAID award

Source: Devex

The Government Accountability Office has denied a bid protest filed in response to the U.S. Agency for International Development’s award decision on the Global Health Supply Chain – Procurement and Supply Management project, the agency’s largest-ever contract, valued at $9.5 billion.
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 — No Region Specified

Why Transporting Vegetables Is Not So Different From Delivering Vaccines

Source: The Guardian

Every day in low-income countries throughout the world, tons of fresh fruit and vegetables fail to reach their destinations or become damaged and inedible along the way. By contrast, highly processed foods – likely to include large amounts of fat, sugar or preservatives – reach these same destinations, ready to be eaten by people in need of food. This simultaneous availability of less healthy processed food and shortage of nutritious food is a key factor in the growing combination of undernutrition and obesity throughout many low-income countries.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya’s Miti Health hopes for Unreasonable access to mentors, markets

Source: Disrupt Africa

Kenyan startup Miti Health, which provides chemists with business management and supply chain software on the Android platform, hopes taking part in the Unreasonable East Africa accelerator programme in Kampala this summer will allow it to scope out Uganda as a possible expansion market while also gaining to access to investors and mentors.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Governments take decisive step towards more affordable vaccines

Source: Doctors Without Borders

Governments meeting in Geneva for the annual World Health Assembly raised the alarm Sunday on the exorbitant rise in the price to vaccinate a child, and took a decisive step towards addressing the problem by passing a resolution which called for more affordable vaccines and greater transparency of vaccine prices.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Merck Opens Telehealth Clinics for Patients in Rural Africa Areas

Source: HIT Consultant

Merck, in partnership with Kenya Ministry of Health, kicked off their first telehealth clinics at both of Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi and Machacos Hospital as a part of their e-health initiative in Africa.
Friday, May 1, 2015 — No Region Specified

Solid, heat-resistant vaccine to ease immunisation processes

Source: MedicalXpress

EU researchers have set out to substitute liquid and freeze-dried vaccines for new, solid state candidates. If successful, the research will enable the large scale production of new virosome-based vaccines with increased stability, longer shelf life and less invasive administration methods.
Thursday, April 30, 2015 — South Asia

India explores 'heat-proof' vaccines to stop vital medicines going to waste

Source: Daily Mail

As India is witnessing wastage of at least 50 per cent of vaccines stocked by various healthcare agencies owing to heat exposure, the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSO) has decided to explore the idea of developing thermostable vaccines.
Thursday, April 30, 2015 — No Region Specified

Public health: Behind a vaccine

Source: Nature

In August 2014, officials from the World Health Organization (WHO) called global-health specialist Adrian Hill, who is the director of a non-profit vaccine-research centre. They had an urgent question: how soon could the centre launch a clinical trial for an Ebola vaccine? ... Within a month of the phone call, the institute had launched an Ebola-research initiative.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 — No Region Specified

Press Release: Study Shows the Top Ten Global Health Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Issues

Source: Newswise

Ten years after the 2005 Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness reported on the need for better coordination in the global fight against disease, global pharmaceutical supply chains remain fragmented and lack coordination, facing at least 10 fundamental challenges, according to a newly published paper by professors at NYU Wagner and MIT-Zaragoza.
Monday, October 27, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

WHO certification puts Nigerian pharmaceutical industry in global watch

Source: Business Day

The Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) certification given to three local drug firms by the World Health Organisation (WHO) has put the Nigerian pharmaceutical industry in the global eye.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Project to develop room-temperature storage for fragile biologics

Source: Lab Product News

A project at McMaster University is receiving $112,000 in seed funding from Grand Challenges Canada ... (to) adapt an existing technology to make vaccines for deadly illnesses more affordable and available for use in resource-poor areas.
Friday, September 19, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

UN announces mission to combat Ebola, declares outbreak ‘threat to peace and security’

Source: UN News Centre

The Security Council, in its first emergency meeting on a public health crisis, declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a threat to peace and security and announced that the United Nations will deploy a new emergency health mission.
Friday, September 5, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Canada Ebola vaccine shipment to Africa stymied by logistics

Source: Reuters

Canada's experimental Ebola vaccine was stuck in the government lab that developed it as officials puzzled over how to safely transport it, three weeks after it was offered to Africa to fight the deadly epidemic.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ghanaian partnership to battle Cholera, Ebola through tech

Source: BiztechAfrica

The Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana (PSGH) has partnered with mPedigree Network and PopOut to launch the PREVENT initiative, which looks to employ technology to crack down on fake and counterfeit medicines.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 — No Region Specified

Fake seeds force Ugandan farmers to resort to 'bronze age' agriculture

Source: The Guardian

Gangs selling counterfeit high yield seeds are trapping farmers in a cycle of poverty as crops fail.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

How Millennium Challenge Corp. Partnership Will Help PEPFAR 'go local' in South Africa

Source: Devex

The U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and the U.S. Agency for International Development work together to help strengthen public health systems in South Africa by funding ARV distribution and equipment.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

Big Pharma still betting on "messed up" Indian drugs market

Source: Reuters

Global drugmakers have had a nauseous time in India's $14 billion market. Prices have dropped and valuable patents have been overruled as the authorities strive to make medicines affordable for the 70 percent of people living on less than $2 a day.
Monday, March 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

India pledges new low-cost drugs to developing nations

Source: Zee News

Stressing that India's pharmaceutical technology was appropriate for Africa, Commerce Minister Anand Sharma said India is committed to making available to developing countries newer generation life-saving drugs also.
Friday, March 7, 2014 — No Region Specified

Sanofi Makes Inactive Polio Vaccine Available to Poor Countries for a $1 a Dose

Source: Fierce Vaccines

The tiered pricing allows 73 countries to buy Sanofi's 10-dose presentations for $1 a shot, while middle-income countries will pay $2.04-$2.38, beginning in July.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 — No Region Specified

Serum Institute, Bilthovan to slash polio vaccine prices

Source: LiveMint

Pune-based Serum Institute of India Ltd and its Netherlands unit Bilthoven Biologicals BV on Tuesday announced about a 50% reduction in the price of their polio vaccines for the United Nation’s global polio eradication programme.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa: Mobile Mast Vaccine Storage Project Wins Global Prize

Source: All Africa

An organisation that uses surplus energy from mobile phone masts to refrigerate vaccines in remote areas was named as the Best Mobile Health Product or Service at the Global Mobile Awards this week.
Monday, March 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

Indian drug firms may lose out as US pharma supply chain consolidates

Source: The Financial Express

Consolidation in the pharmaceuticals supply chain in the US will weigh on the bargaining power of Indian drug firms in that market, top Indian players apprehend. A spate of acquisitions and joint ventures — 16 in 2012 and 10 in 2013 — has resulted in fewer suppliers of prescription drugs, which might work against the interests of Indian firms.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Vaccines endure African temperatures without damage

Source: Nature

An immunization campaign in West Africa has shown that vaccines can be delivered to remote areas without using ice boxes, and still remain viable. The finding challenges decades-old dogma that vaccines must be kept cool at every step of the chain from manufacture to use.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenyan Healthcare Tech Firm Showcased at Sankalp Africa Summit

Source: Human IPO

Kenyan healthcare technologies company MicroClinic Technologies has been named one of the top four high-impact small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Africa at the Sankalp Africa Summit held in Nairobi, Kenya.
Monday, February 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Solar vaccine fridge could save children

Source: Herald Scotland

Solar fridges could play a vital role in helping aid workers get life-saving vaccines to people in remote parts of developing countries, researchers say.
Thursday, February 13, 2014 — South Asia

Merck Serono Supports India’s Two-tier Drug Pricing Policy

Source: The Economic Times

The US Chamber of Commerce may think India is an inhospitable terrain for innovation, but surprisingly, Big Pharma doesn't agree.
Thursday, February 13, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Merck expands its Capacity Advancement Campaign to Mozambique

Source: Africa Science News

Merck Germany has expanded the Capacity Advancement Program first rolled out in Kenya to Mozambique, a move to show its taking Africa seriously.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 — Asia Pacific

Innovative off-grid fridges to give a sure chill to vaccines

Source: SciDevNet

The Philippines is set to receive donations of medical refrigerators with an innovative cooling technology that runs without electricity for up to ten days or more, ensuring the viability of vaccines especially in disaster-affected areas, SciDev.Net has learned.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 — No Region Specified

VisionSpring Cofounder Jordan Kassalow On Why Two Million Customers Is Not Enough

Source: Forbes

Jordan Kassalow is cofounder and chairman of VisionSpring, and has more than 20 years of experience providing eye care to the world’s poor.
Monday, January 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

No pneumonia vaccines for Kampala

Source: The Observer

In an effort to protect infants from Pneumonia, the ministry of Health is rolling out administration of the Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV), starting this week.
Friday, May 31, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Best and Simplest Way to Fight Global Poverty

Source: Slate

Proof that giving cash to poor people, no strings attached, is an amazingly powerful tool for boosting incomes and promoting development.
Thursday, May 23, 2013 — No Region Specified

Partners in Food Solutions announces Fourth Corporate Partner: Bühler

Source: Press Release

Partners in Food Solutions (PFS), a nonprofit organization founded by General Mills, is adding a fourth partner, Switzerland-based Bühler, to its consortium of world-class food companies working together to link the technical and business expertise of employee volunteers to small and growing food processors and millers in the developing world. Bühler joins Minneapolis-based General Mills and Cargill, and Royal DSM of the Netherlands as a PFS corporate partner.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Women Entrepreneurs in Eurasia, Africa Get $100 Million Boost

Source: The Daily Beast

In a promising step toward the economic empowerment of women in emerging markets, the Coca-Cola Co. and International Finance Corp. (IFC) on Monday announced a joint initiative that aims to support female entrepreneurship in Eurasia and Africa.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Coke Applies Supply-Chain Expertise to Deliver AIDS Drugs in Africa

Source: The Daily Beast

Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent tells Daniel Gross his company is expanding a project that helps nonprofits deliver vaccines in rural Africa more quickly.
Friday, June 8, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Acumen Fund Invests in Virtual City to Automate Agricultural Supply Chains in East Africa and....

Source: Acumen Fund Blog

Nairobi, Kenya, June 5, 2012 – Acumen Fund, a pioneering nonprofit global venture firm addressing poverty across Africa and in South Asia, today announced a $1.5 million convertible debt investment in Virtual City, a mobile technology services provider based in Nairobi.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Can The iPad Revolutionize Rural Agriculture?

Source: FastCo.Exist

The iPad’s fairly steep price has kept it firmly entrenched in the developed world. That’s starting to change, however, as evidenced by efforts from Exprima Media and coffee importer Sustainable Harvest to bring the iPad to coffee co-ops and farmers in East Africa, Mexico, and South America.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 — Asia Pacific

Citi Increases its Microfinance Work Across the Region

Source: FinanceAsia

While most banks across Asia seem to be focusing on the high-net-worth market in Asia, some are also concentrating on the promising mass market. Most view licences in China as an opportunity to capitalise on the China Dream; others see microfinance as a means to build long-standing relationships across the region. According to the India Development Foundation, nearly 9 million Indian households that had access to microfinance moved above the $1.25 a day consumption threshold between 199...
Thursday, September 8, 2011 — Asia Pacific

Citi Gives New Funds to Microfinance Group

Source: The Asset

Citi has committed new funding for the Banking with the Poor Network (BWTP), the only pan-Asia microfinance network, as part of its continued commitment to promoting financial inclusion globally. Citi Foundation grants worth USD200,000 will enable the BWTP Network to provide secretariat services to the APEC Business Advisory Council's Advisory Group on Financial Inclusion and also build its capacity to support BWTP members consisting of microfinance institutions, commercial banks, c...
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