African Focus

Working together to reduce skin cancer


Working togetherFor the past two years, BASF has been supporting the Regional Dermatology Training Centre (RDTC) in Moshi, Tanzania in the development of an improved sunscreen for the high number of people with albinism in the country. The centre’s team introduced its concept and first results at this year’s World Congress on Cancers of the Skin, which took place from 3 to 6 September in Edinburgh, Scotland last year.

Penicillin study to tackle rheumatic fever incidence

PenicillinRheumatic heart disease (RHD) has been practically eradicated in first world countries but, in the developing world, the chronic condition remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality, particularly in children and young adults.

Symrise expands into Nigeria

Symrise expands_into_NigeriaSymrise recently launched a subsidiary in Lagos, Nigeria, a move that indicates the company is strengthening its presence in Africa. Sales and marketing offices, as well as application laboratories, will be included at the new location. The company’s presence in the area will aim to serve both local and multinational customers with products specifically tailored for the West African market.

Imperial expands distribution of pharmaceuticals in Africa

Imperial Logistics recently acquired a 70 per cent interest in Imres BV for €46 million cash, effective 1 September 2014. Imres, a wholesaler of pharmaceutical and medical supplies to NGOs, hospitals and retailers, operates in the international medical relief industry, targeting mainly African emerging countries with developing healthcare markets and needs.

First antimalarial treatments produced with semisynthetic artemisinin enter market

PCR-Online-Sept-SanofiSanofi and PATH announced the delivery of the first large-scale batches of antimalarial treatments manufactured with a new semisynthetic artemisinin derivative to malaria endemic countries in Africa. The shipment signals a new era of lifesaving drugs made with safe, high-quality, and affordable artemisinin that’s non-seasonal.

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