Mar 30, 2017 Last Updated 9:01 AM, Mar 30, 2017

Accenture invests $3m into African Healthcare

ABN – Accenture has provided a US$3 million grant to AMREF Healthcare Africa to help with the training of 3,000 community workers.

The grant will be used over two years to help healthcare workers access additional tools and train using mobile technology.

Dr. Peter Ngatia, AMREF’s director for Capacity Building, said: “Traditional approaches are not sufficient in solving the health worker crisis that we currently face. 

“We encourage the application of innovative methods to scale up training because this is the only way we can impart skills to more health workers in a short period of time.”

The mobile technology aspect of the Health Enablement and Learning Platform (HELP) allows workers even in the most remote areas of Africa to access learning.

Jill Huntley, MD for Global Corporate Citizenship at Accenture, added: “By harnessing the power of mobile, Amref Health Africa is delivering job and medical skills training at speed and scale – a critical component in improving the health as well as the long-term economic sustainability of communities in Africa.”

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GlaxoSmithKline sells Aspen Pharmacare stake

ABN – GlaxoSmithKline (LSE, NYSE: GSK) has sold half of its stake in South Africa’s Aspen Pharmacare for US$853 million.

The company has been disposing of its non-core investments recently as it turns all its attention to protecting its dividend payments to shareholders.

Following the disposal of 28.2 million Aspen shares, GlaxoSmithKline will still hold around 6% of shares in the company.

GlaxoSmithKline CFO Simon Dingemans said: “As we continue to reshape the group around our core franchises and drive the benefits from the Novartis transaction, optimising our financial flexibility to invest behind these priorities is key.

“As a result we have decided now is the right time to realise further value from this successful relationship.

We continue to believe in the strategy of Aspen and we remain committed to working together in the future.”

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Nestlé Nutrition Institute Africa introduces paediatric course

ABN - Nestlé Nutrition Institute Africa (NNIA) has partnered with the European Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) in a bid to reduce infant and child mortality in African countries.

The ‘ESPGHAN Goes Africa’ partnership will provide a postgraduate course on paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition.

A platform will be created by the course to allow African medical practitioners to network and interact with each other on clinical and scientific problems.

Over 100 paediatricians have trained on the course so far from Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Botswana, South Africa, Mozambique, Zambia, Uganda, and Tanzania.

E-learning will be used to continue training in nutrition and successful participants will be issued a University of Cape Town certificate.

One of the participants Dr Agozie Ubezie said: “Through the involvement of an international faculty and participants from across Africa, ESPGHAN provided a great learning, knowledge and experience sharing opportunity.”

Another participant, Dr Kwabena Agyeman from Ghana, added: “ESPGHAN is a very educative platform to train paediatricians in the area of Gastroentology and Hepatology since there are very few specialists in that area in Africa.”

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