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Is the Pharmaceutical industry in Africa fit for purpose?

Africa carries around 24% of the global disease and illness burden but its pharmaceutical industry is worth less than 1% of this $857bn global industry.While the amount that is spent on healthcare in Africa is rising rapidly, access to medicine is often a matter of life and death, and demand is not based on choice but on absolute need.

Pharma chains on the way

While pharmacy chain stores are a common sight on the high streets of the US, UK or Japan, they are few and far between in most African countries.…

The battle for African generics

Estimates vary but about half of all state health spending in sub-Saharan Africa goes on drugs, so pricing has a massive impact on the ability of health services to save and protect lives.…

ICT in Africa: Focus now on broadband

Mobile broadband has become the fastest growing technology in human history, and is credited with particular potential in developing countries where the rate of adoption is phenomenal; however, experts insist universal connectivity can only be achieved in Africa through a combination of mobile and fixed line broadband as well as innovative internet technologies.…

Can M-Pesa travel outside Kenya?

Launched in 2007, the M-Pesa mobile money service – introduced by dominant mobile operator Safaricom – is used by 70% of Kenya’s adult population, and contributes 40% of the country’s GDP.…

Operators selling off towers

Since 2012, African mobile operators have been emulating others elsewhere in the world by selling off tower infrastructure to independent management firms, who then lease capacity back to the mobile companies.…