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Deaths from noncommunicable diseases on the rise in Africa

W.H.O. Africa Accra/Brazzaville – Noncommunicable diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes are increasingly becoming the main cause of mortality in sub-Saharan Africa, where the diseases were responsible for 37% of deaths in 2019, rising from 24% in 2000 largely due to weaknesses in

The future of vaccine manufacturing in Africa

By Chidi Victor Nweneka and Tolu Disu with the Brookings Institute Editor’s Note:Below is a viewpoint from the Foresight Africa 2022 report, which explores top priorities for the region in the coming year. Read the full chapter on public health. Reminiscent of the 2009 H1N1 Influenza pandemic, the

How Africa can manufacture to meet its own pharmaceutical needs

By: Janet Byaruhanga with Africa Renewal, a podcast from the U.N. Although pharmaceutical products are currently manufactured in countries such as South Africa, Kenya, Morocco and Egypt, as a whole Africa currently imports more than 80 per cent of its pharmaceutical and medical consumables. It

Why Pharma Investors are Looking at Africa “With New Eyes”

Q&A with Frannie Léautier, CEO, SouthBridge Investments Interview by Alison Buckholtz with the International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group Frannie Léautier is CEO of SouthBridge Investments, a pan-African investment bank. As an engineer, an academic, and an expert on international finance and development, she has

Senegal Facility Set to Begin COVID-19 Vaccine Production

By Annika Hammerschlag with VOA Dakar, Senegal — The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed stark vaccine inequities among high- and low-income nations and has underscored Africa’s dependence on outside countries for shots. A new initiative in Senegal, however, hopes to reduce that inequity and make the continent