After an overwhelming response in 2016, Expogroup Worldwide announces another edition of MEDEXPO AFRICA, the leading healthcare trade fair in Africa. Taking place from 2 - 4 June, 2017 at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre, Nairobi, Kenya and 22 - 24 August at the Mlimani Conference Centre (MCC), Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, the event brings together more than 5000 healthcare professionals with 400 of the world’s leading healthcare suppliers, manufacturers and service providers, all under one roof, to find the latest industry innovations, network and do business.
Laboratory & Allied has launched new medicines in the East African market to help alleviate various conditions. The pharmaceutical company has invested Kshs1 billion towards the development and launch of the four new medicines as the company celebrates 45 years since inception.
Laboratory & Allied CEO Suprakash Mandal said the four medicines have also been laucnhed in Tanzania and Ethiopia. “Out of these, 30% has been directed towards increasing production capacity, an additional 30% towards packaging and 40% towards registration of the products in the respective countries,” said Mr Mandal.
The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) says it will help Kenya’s pharmaceutical industry reach international standards in order to reduce the cost of medicines.
Unido Consultant Wilberforce Wanyanga says the organisation plans to assist 34 pharmaceutical manufacturers meet World Health Organisation (WHO) pre-qualification standards in the next four years. “The aim is to make Kenyan medicines access the African continental market,” Mr Wanyanga said during the WTO side event on the role of patents in the pharmaceutical industry. So far, only one Kenyan manufacturing firm has met WHO standards.
Unilever has opened a new KES155 million (€1.3 million) factory in Kenya which will be focused on the production of its Vaseline products, as it looks to meet the growing demands in the region for quality skin care products.
The new state-of-the-art facility, which is based in Nairobi, serves the East African market and some countries in the COMESA region such as Zambia and Zimbabwe and will double the production of Vaseline petroleum jelly.
The company adds that the new production line comes with the latest technology available from Unilever globally.