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Rx Healthcare Fund Announces Anchor Investors

Rx Healthcare Fund Announces Anchor Investors

HEALTH
CAIRO, Egypt, Rx Healthcare Fund (“Rx” or the “Fund”) an Africa-focused healthcare private equity fund currently under establishment, today announced that GE Healthcare (www.GEhealthcare.com), a leading global provider of transformational medical technologies and services, is set to become an anchor limited partner in Rx. Following an earlier commitment to Rx by the African Development Bank, the proposed minority investment by GE is subject to completion of fundraising. Rx, which is led by former Egyptian Minister of Health Dr. Hatem El Gabaly, is a private equity fund managed by a newly setup fund manager in partnership with EFG Hermes, the leading financial services corporation in the Middle East and North Africa. The Fund aims to address growing demand for high-quality healthcare
MSF treats 17,000 people in one of the largest national cholera outbreaks

MSF treats 17,000 people in one of the largest national cholera outbreaks

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GENEVA, Switzerland Since the cholera epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was declared on 9 September, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has treated 17,000 people after setting up around 30 units and treatment centres. The outbreak has already spread across 20 provinces, representing one of the largest cholera outbreaks seen in DRC, and has not yet been brought under control. MSF is urging for increased prevention and awareness-raising activities, and for more organizations to respond in tackling the epidemic. We are carrying out a wide response to cover the most affected areas of the country, and the number of patients in our centres has declined in recent weeks The outbreak erupted in June in North Kivu province and has so far spre
South Africa Decreases the Price of antiretrovirals

South Africa Decreases the Price of antiretrovirals

HEALTH
PRETORIA, South Africa   The Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi in collaboration with a number of international organisations and agencies reached a breakthrough pricing agreement which will accelerate the availability of the first affordable, generic, single-pill HIV treatment regimen containing Dolutegravir (DTG). The new fixed dose combination will be available to low and middle-income countries (LMICs) at a reduced price of US$75 per person, per year. The large volumes of ARVs purchased by South Africa were used to leverage the decrease in pricing that will benefit all low and middle income countries. The agreement is expected to accelerate treatment rollout as part of global efforts to reach all 36.7 million people living with HIV with high-quality anti...
Department of Health puts Forensic Analyst on Suspension

Department of Health puts Forensic Analyst on Suspension

HEALTH
PRETORIA, South Africa   The Department of Health has put one of its Forensic analysts, based in Pretoria Forensic Laboratory Services on precautionary suspension from employment in terms of clause 7.2 of the PSCBC resolution 1 of 2003 with full pay. However, the matter is handed over to the HAWKS as the Department believes that the allegations levelled against the official are criminal and fraudulent. It is alleged that the official failed to follow strict and proper operational (protocols) procedures when analyzing blood samples as detected during a routine quality inspection by senior officials. We hold the work of the Forensic Laboratory Services in high regard and therefore expects nothing less than professionalism The forensic laboratories provide Blood ...
Minister Motsoaledi warns anti-measles vaccine lobby groups

Minister Motsoaledi warns anti-measles vaccine lobby groups

AFRICA, HEALTH
PRETORIA, South Africa Government is making efforts to reach all children between the age of 6 to 59 months through an integrated immunisation against preventable diseases such as measles and polio. The Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has warned that the department may not achieve the set targets if the anti-vaccine lobby groups continue to mislead parents about the efficacy of immunisation. This follows the protests by some communities, especially in Muslim and Jewish communities in some part of the Western Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal Provinces which have recently experienced the outbreaks of measles disease. However, the department continues to engage with various community leaders in the affected areas to convince parents and caregivers to cooperate with the healthcare wor...
9.9 million USD needed urgently to respond to cholera outbreak

9.9 million USD needed urgently to respond to cholera outbreak

HEALTH
WASHINGTON D.C., United States of America The United Nations and its partners are urgently appealing for $9.9 million to respond to the current cholera outbreak in Borno State, north-east Nigeria, and prevent further outbreaks in high-risk areas. A Cholera Response and Prevention Plan has been developed to address the immediate needs of 3.7 million people that could be affected by the outbreak. Despite extensive efforts to improve sanitation conditions in camps and raise awareness on the importance of best hygiene practices, the first cholera cases were identified in Borno State on 16 August. To date, the outbreak has claimed at least 44 lives, out of close to 2,300 confirmed and/or suspected cases. Humanitarian partners have been working around the clock in support of the Borno S...