Global Fund commits US$50 million for COVID-19 rapid tests for low- and medium-income countries

SWITZERLAND – Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator has announced a set of agreements to make available affordable, high-quality COVID-19 antigen rapid tests for low and middle-income countries. The organizations involved in this milestone agreement include the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), Global Fund, Unitaid, and the World Health Organization (WHO). As part of this comprehensive, end-to-end effort, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has executed separate volume guarantee agreements…

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Norvatis appoints Racey Muchilwa Global Health Head for Sub-Saharan Africa

AFRICA – Norvatis, a Swiss multinational pharmaceutical company has appointed Racey Muchilwa as the Head of Global Health in charge of the newly formed sub-Saharan Africa unit. The Kenyan national with over 18 years sales and marketing experience in pharmaceutical industry will oversee the implementation of Norvatis’ new strategy that focuses on broadening patient reach in the region. “I feel honored to lead our talented team in executing our new strategy. Our aspiration is to be the leading healthcare partner in sub-Saharan Africa and work with NGOs and governments to…

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Norvatis launches new strategy to expand presence and impact in sub-Saharan Africa

AFRICA – Swiss multinational pharmaceutical company, Norvatis has announced a new strategy to broaden patient reach and availability of its portfolio of medicines in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), which is home to the largest under-served patient population in the world. The strategy is aligned with the Novartis Access Principles, which aim to systematically integrate access strategies in how the company researches, develops and delivers medicines globally, the company said in a statement.  The pharmaceutical giant will leverage on its newly formed sub-Saharan Africa unit to deploy innovative approaches to increase patient…

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