African Focus

Roche and Pepfar announce PPP

RibbonRoche Diagnostics and the US President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (Pepfar) have announced a public-private partnership to improve the capacity of laboratorians and strengthen laboratory systems in African nations highly impacted by HIV/Aids. Valued at $12 million over five years, the goal of the partnership is to build institutional capacity of regional and national partners by developing certification programmes for laboratory technicians, strengthening pre-service curricula, and institutionalising quality improvement in diagnostics services.

Health minister signs Social Compact

Social-Compact Minister-and-Co-CEOsHealth Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi recently signed a ground breaking Social Compact with the CEOs of some of the leading health care companies in South Africa, symbolising an acceptance that no single sector, whether it be the public or private sector, can individually or successfully confront the immense health challenges.

First processing and packaging exhibition to be held in East Africa in 2014

EACAn agreement to organise a major processing and packaging exhibition was signed in Vienna by the Secretary General of EAC, Dr Richard Sezibera, the Director General of UNIDO, Dr Kandeh K. Yumkella, and the Chief Executive Officer of Ipack-Ima, Dr Guido Corbella.

A catalyst for healthcare changes in Africa

Africa Health Exhibition and CongressThe Africa Health Exhibition and Congress 2012, which was held at the Expo Centre in Nasrec, Johannesburg, from 9 to 11 May, was hailed as a catalyst for much needed healthcare changes in the region by conference delegates, exhibitors and visitors alike.

The event featured 12 CPD accredited clinical and non-clinical conferences that ranged from imaging, radiology, medical laboratory through to mobile health, quality standards and infectious disease, and were presented by local and international speakers.

Micronutrients form the foundation of health

Micronutrients-form-the-foundation-of-healthMicronutrients,more commonly known as vitamins and minerals, are substances vital for efficient physiological functions and optimum health. They’re required by the body only in small amounts, so they fall into the category of micronutrients.

These substances perform complementary functions and work in conjunction with each other, and should be obtained primarily from the food we eat. Nutritional deficiencies are, however, rife in the world today, leading to the necessity for many governments to pass legislation demanding that certain foods be fortified with appropriate vitamins and minerals. The situation has also led to a burgeoning global market in nutritional supplements, as people attempt to redress the imbalances that result from inadequate dietary factors.

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