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Praekelt.org’s and WhatsApp's Enterprise Solution is changing the face of social impact globally

Praekelt.org and WhatsApp’s Enterprise Solution is changing the face of social impact globally

August 10, 2018 • Healthcare, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

WhatsApp recently launched their Business API, their way of supporting businesses that require more powerful tools to communicate with their customers. WhatsApp being the chat application with the largest global reach, with more than 1.8bn users, mostly in developing countries, it is the perfect platform to reach a significant amount of people....

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Trip Allport, managing director of the Africa Resource Centre (ARC) South Africa

How beverages, beer, and ice cream can improve access to life-saving medicines in Africa

August 1, 2018 • Healthcare, Southern AfricaComments Off on How beverages, beer, and ice cream can improve access to life-saving medicines in Africa

If you can get a Coca-Cola – and many other products – nearly anywhere in Africa, why are medicines not regularly available to patients? This was the question posed by Trip Allport, managing director of the Africa Resource Centre (ARC) South...

How IoT is on the cusp of revolutionising healthcare

How IoT is on the cusp of revolutionising healthcare

July 31, 2018 • Healthcare, Internet of Things, Top StoriesComments Off on How IoT is on the cusp of revolutionising healthcare

Internet of Things (IoT) technology is on the rise both at home and in the workplace, and will soon significantly impact and empower the way we live and work. Such solutions have arguably made a bigger splash in the consumer landscape than B2B to date, with...

NECSA to grow nuclear medicine business through global partnership

NECSA to grow nuclear medicine business through global partnership

July 28, 2018 • Healthcare, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on NECSA to grow nuclear medicine business through global partnership

The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (NECSA) and Rosatom Healthcare, the healthcare division of Russian state owned nuclear corporation Rosatom, on Thursday signed an agreement on cooperation in the sphere of non-power related uses of nuclear...

early interventions reduced the impacts of 2017 drought in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia. Picture: Crisis Group

Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia: Acting early to prevent humanitarian emergencies

July 27, 2018 • East Africa, HealthcareComments Off on Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia: Acting early to prevent humanitarian emergencies

Intervening early in countries predicted to be hit by natural disasters can prevent threats from becoming humanitarian emergencies, or can mitigate their impacts, according to a new report released by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today. For...

The evolution of the claims handling process: From paper to proactive real-time systems, healthcare claims

The evolution of the claims handling process: From paper to proactive real-time systems

July 26, 2018 • Healthcare, SoftwareComments Off on The evolution of the claims handling process: From paper to proactive real-time systems

Technology has come a long way in terms of the efficiency in handling healthcare claims since the early 1990s. Through the development of specific coding systems and ever more advanced rules engines and algorithms, artificial intelligence and human clinical...

European and Commonwealth collaboration to bring the benefits of digital health to 3 billion people

Europe and Commonwealth collaborate to bring digital health on international scale

July 25, 2018 • General, HealthcareComments Off on Europe and Commonwealth collaborate to bring digital health on international scale

The European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance) and the Commonwealth Centre for Digital Health (CWCDH) announce a strategic partnership to accelerate and drive the international deployment of digital health at scale, facilitate greater collaboration for...

Artificial intelligence (AI) could revolutionise healthcare supply chains in Africa, according to supply chain specialist Deborah Dull, representing the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Artificial Intelligence is solving African healthcare challenges

July 21, 2018 • East Africa, Healthcare, Top StoriesComments Off on Artificial Intelligence is solving African healthcare challenges

Speaking at the recent SAPICS Conference in Cape Town, Dull revealed how AI in the form of IBM Watson is being used to aid decision making in public health supply chains in developing countries and improve patients’ access to life-saving medicines. She...

Zaneta Kubik, senior researcher at the Center of Economics Sorbonne

Belt tightening practices could wreck long term health

July 20, 2018 • Healthcare, Opinion, Southern AfricaComments Off on Belt tightening practices could wreck long term health

Belt tightening has become common practice for anxious South African consumers who have, again, been accosted with warnings of steep food price increases. The situation is grim for homes but the bigger threat of food insecurity is lurking in the shadows. When...

According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 450,000 children under five years of age die each year from vaccine preventable rotavirus infections

New vaccine against rotavirus launched in Uganda

June 27, 2018 • East Africa, HealthcareComments Off on New vaccine against rotavirus launched in Uganda

The Government of Uganda has today launched a new rotavirus vaccine to protect under five-year-old children from diarrhoea. The vaccine, which will be available for free in health facilities throughout the country, is the 11th vaccine to be added into the...

How to use artificial intelligence in healthcare while protecting privacy

How to use artificial intelligence in healthcare while protecting privacy

June 20, 2018 • Healthcare, OpinionComments Off on How to use artificial intelligence in healthcare while protecting privacy

Technological advancements in health IT have created tremendous possibility for improved efficiency and better interoperability, empowering patients to play a more dynamic role in their healthcare. Increased access to data that can predict health outcomes,...

Dr. William Mapham, founder of Vula Mobile

African Technology startups showcase Innovative Healthcare Solutions at VivaTech in France

June 13, 2018 • East Africa, Healthcare, North Africa, Southern Africa, West AfricaComments Off on African Technology startups showcase Innovative Healthcare Solutions at VivaTech in France

Pharmaceutical company, Sanofi’s Afric@Tech initiative – which was created as a part of the recent Viva Technology event in Paris, France, took place this May 2018 with its overall winner emanating from South Africa. Aligned to Sanofi’s objective of...

IFAD Vice-President in Kenya to promote innovations for rural transformation

IFAD Vice-President in Kenya to promote innovations for rural transformation

June 6, 2018 • East Africa, Healthcare, Mining & EnergyComments Off on IFAD Vice-President in Kenya to promote innovations for rural transformation

Cornelia Richter, Vice-President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), concluded a five-day visit to Kenya where she met with Deputy President William Ruto and other high-ranking government officials to discuss expanding successful...

Innovative hazardous waste management system launched in South Africa

Innovative hazardous waste management system launched in South Africa

June 2, 2018 • Healthcare, Southern AfricaComments Off on Innovative hazardous waste management system launched in South Africa

Healthcare institutions have a legal duty to ensure that their hazardous waste is managed responsibly. As stipulated in the Proposed National Health Care Risk Waste Management Regulations (2018), the person in charge of a health establishment must ensure that...

Philips and the governments of Ethiopia and the Netherlands sign seven-year agreement to build Ethiopia’s first specialized Cardiac Care Center

Ethiopia and Netherlands to build Ethiopia’s first specialised Cardiac Centre

May 26, 2018 • East Africa, HealthcareComments Off on Ethiopia and Netherlands to build Ethiopia’s first specialised Cardiac Centre

Royal Philips, a global leader in health technology, and the governments of Ethiopia and the Netherlands, today signed a seven-year agreement to build Ethiopia’s first specialised Cardiac Care Centre to address the critical shortage of cardiology services...

Prof Jane Griffiths

Technology leads the future of healthcare on the continent

May 23, 2018 • HealthcareComments Off on Technology leads the future of healthcare on the continent

Technology is shaping the way we experience healthcare. From electronic medical records and patient self-tracking to informatics and minimally invasive procedures, healthcare is getting more and more high-tech… and nurses in Africa are at the forefront of...