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In South Africa, medical trains boost mental health services to rural communities

“We want to be the adults that children can speak to” – Nthombi Pukwana, clinical psychologist, Transnet Phelophepa train

The observance of World Mental Health Day in October, gave us a chance to reflect on the transformative impact of Transnet’s Phelophepa medical train on mental health services in South Africa. Phelophepa has been providing healthcare to rural communities in South Africa for more than 20 years. Darling, Western Cape,…

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African Union Member States Pledge to Improve Nutrition and Food Security in Africa

African leaders gathered for a three-day meeting to draw attention to the 2022 African Union Year of Nutrition. The meeting ended with the signing of an “Abidjan Declaration”

African Union Member States meeting in Abidjan have called on governments to speed up investment, coordination and implementation of programs to improve nutrition and food security in Africa. African leaders gathered for a three-day meeting to draw attention to the 2022 African Union Year of Nutrition. The meeting ended with the…

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African Development Bank unveils the African Pharmaceutical Technology Foundation at the 2nd International Conference on Public Health in Africa

The Foundation is expected to boost Africa’s access to technology for manufacturing the full range of pharmaceutical products, focusing on building supply chains

The African Development Bank Group (www.AfDB.org) has formally introduced its new initiative that will join hands with the African Union to boost Africa's capacity to produce drugs, vaccines, diagnostics, and therapeutics all along the value chain, to help build its pharmaceutical sector. The African Pharmaceutical Technology Foundation (APTF) was the…

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African Development Bank Group Appoints Professor Padmashree Gehl Sampath as Special Advisor for Pharmaceuticals and Health Infrastructure to Dr. Akinwumi Adesina

Professor Gehl Sampath has also been working with the African Development Bank Group on the conceptualization of the African Pharmaceutical Technology Foundation since 2021

The African Development Bank Group (www.AfDB.org) has appointed renowned Professor Padmashree Gehl Sampath as a special advisor on pharmaceuticals and health infrastructure to the Bank’s president, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina. She will also be leading the technical work related to the setting up of the African Pharmaceutical Technology Foundation, a new pan-African…

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New report by African Development Bank, partners finds that 37 African countries have industrialized in last decade

Top performers not necessarily those with the biggest economies, but countries that generate high manufacturing value-added per capita

Thirty-seven of 52 African countries have become more industrialized over the past eleven years, according to a new report from the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org), the African Union and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). The Africa Industrialization Index (AII) report provides a country-level assessment of 52 African countries’…

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African Development Fund invests over $6 million to develop the pharmaceutical sector in Southern and Eastern Africa

The project will directly benefit public institutions responsible for the pharmaceutical industry’s development

The Board of Directors of the African Development Fund, the concessional lending arm of the African Development Bank Group (www.AfDB.org), on 2 November 2022 in Abidjan, approved a $6.63 million grant to the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) to develop the pharmaceutical sector in the sub-region. The…

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Nigeria: African Development Bank, First City Monument Bank sign agreement for $50 million line of credit to bolster access to finance for small, medium and women-owned businesses

The project is expected to improve access to finance for at least 50 enterprises: 29 in the agribusiness and manufacturing sectors, 9 in renewable energy and 13 in the healthcare industry

The African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) has signed an agreement with First City Monument Bank (FCMB) for a $50 million line of credit to support access to finance for small and medium-sized and women-empowered enterprises. FCMB will use the line of credit to expand lending activities that will boost the country’s…

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How Rwanda is Using Artificial Intelligence to Improve Healthcare

Viebeg Technologies, a venture capital-backed Health Tech company, is helping to expand access to affordable health care in Central and East Africa by aiding healthcare facilities in procuring supplies in real-time

Drug stock-outs and shortage of medical equipment in health facilities in Rwanda are becoming a thing of the past, thanks to an innovation that is addressing procurement constraints. Viebeg Technologies, a venture capital-backed Health Tech company, is helping to expand access to affordable health care in Central and East Africa…

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Morocco: African Development Bank Commits €87 Million Loan to Widen Social Protection and Strengthen Health Services

The program aligns with Morocco’s human development objectives and the Bank’s High 5s strategic goal to foster sustainable and inclusive growth on the continent

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (www.AfDB.org) approved an €87 million loan to implement the Support Program for the Generalization of Social Coverage in Morocco. The primary objective of this operation is to consolidate the foundations of a viable social protection program based on an integrated…

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African Development Bank’s Board approves landmark institution: Establishment of African Pharmaceutical Technology Foundation to transform Africa’s pharmaceutical industry

“Africa can no longer outsource its healthcare security to the benevolence of others” – Akinwumi Adesina

The African Development Bank’s (www.AfDB.org) Board of Directors has approved the establishment of the African Pharmaceutical Technology Foundation, a new groundbreaking institution that will significantly enhance Africa’s access to the technologies that underpin the manufacture of medicines, vaccines, and other pharmaceutical products. African Development Bank Group President, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina…