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July 10, 2019

Pharma’s market: the man cleaning up Africa’s meat

In Namibia a country of meat-lovers, vital expertise is needed to stop livestock spreading diseases

Wreathed in barbecue smoke, Vetjaera Haakuria gestures at the men butchering meat and cooking it over hot coals behind his back. “What have you learned about the risks of eating this?” he asks his young audience, spotless in their white lab coats. “It might contain drug residues, right? And what about diseases?”

It’s nearly noon in Windhoek, Namibia’s capital, and the market is preparing grilled meat – known locally as kapana – for the lunchtime rush. Everyone comes here, from construction workers to members of parliament. Namibians love to eat meat, and he is no [...]

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June 28, 2019

FFA/NETCARE JOIN FORCES TO BOOST HEALTH INNOVATION

A partnership between a tech accelerator and a private hospital group will have teamed up to provide a platform for entrepreneurs to build and scale health-tech startups that address the key health issues across Africa.

Founders Factory Africa (FFA) and Netcare have joined forces to design, build and scale over 35 healthcare startups across Africa. The FFA model includes its accelerator programme, which develops existing businesses through a bespoke six-month programme, whilst the incubator programme will build completely new businesses. Netcare will provide access to hospitals, primary healthcare clinics and healthcare value chains, deep health technical expertise, data and [...]

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June 27, 2019

South Africa’s NHI will be introduced soon – whether you like it or not

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says universal health coverage is essential and the National Health Insurance (NHI) will happen.

Participating in a debate on the State of the Nation Address on Tuesday, he said the NHI Bill will soon be sent to parliament and that the days of debating whether it will be implemented or not are over.

“Equally importantly, making progress towards universal health coverage requires transformation of the health system and reconfiguration of institutions for pooling of funds and purchasing of services to achieve social solidarity, efficiency, effectiveness and income and risk cross-subsidisation.

“In this regard we will be moving [...]

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May 6, 2019

TOBACCO COMPANY PHILIP MORRIS STARTS LIFE INSURANCE FIRM THAT OFFERS DISCOUNTS TO SMOKERS WHO QUIT

Called Reviti, the wholly owned subsidiary will initially sell life insurance in the U.K. with plans to expand into more markets overseas. Smokers will receive discounts if they stop, quit or switch to a possibly less carcinogenic product, like Philip Morris’ vaping devices.

On average, people who switch to e-cigarettes will receive a 2.5% discount on premiums, people who switch to Philip Morris’ heated tobacco product iQOS for three months will receive a 25% discount, and people who quit smoking for at least a year will receive a 50% discount, the company said. Premiums for a 20-year-old nonsmoker run about £5 ($6.47) per month for a life insurance policy that pays £150,000 [...]

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