Mobisol joins the Business Call to Action with a commitment to connect 800,000 Kenyans with clean, affordable solar energy
Berlin/New York, November 7, 2016 – Solar energy provider Mobisol has joined the Business Call to Action (BCtA) with a commitment to provide 800,000 people and 50,000 small businesses in Kenya with reliable access to solar energy by 2020. In the process, the Berlin-based company plans to create 150 jobs along its value chain and provide training on solar energy while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 100,000 tons each year.
Honduras, Indonesia and Kenya will roll out programs that will build capacity for smallholder farmers
MINNEAPOLIS, October 18, 2016 /3BL Media/ – More than 100,000 schoolchildren in three countries will be served school meals sourced from local farmers over the next two years as part of a new joint program from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), World Food Program USA and Cargill.
I must confess: while I’ve always been excited by technological innovations that transform people’s lives, like the Vodafone m-pesa mobile money service that many Kenyans now use instead of cash to pay for groceries, car fuel, even health clinic fees, I hadn’t given much thought to how information and communications technology (ICT) can also revolutionize how work is completed in international development to help achieve the UN’s Sustainable
Access to healthcare is making controversial headlines these days as the report of the High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines set up by the Secretary-General of the United Nations was just released. We need to move away from ideological disputes about intellectual property and focus on how we can help patients receive the treatments they need now.
Any solution to the access challenge needs to consider the complex factors that affect access in developing countries. It would indeed be misleading and counter-productive to focus the access debate on patents. (...)
The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) has announced a partnership with Novartis to improve access to prevention, treatment, and care of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Kenya. As part of the new partnership with Novartis, KRCS will train health workers, community volunteers and scale up screening at community and facility level for NCDs over the next three years.
Parents everywhere want their babies to be happy and healthy. But mosquito-borne diseases like malaria threaten their safety. There were an estimated 214 million cases of malaria worldwide in 2015, mostly affecting pregnant women and babies. And sadly, 91 percent of those who died from the disease were in Africa.
Social enterprise Jacaranda Health commits to provide high-quality, low-cost maternal healthcare in Kenya
Nairobi, August 3, 2016 /3BL Media/ – Kenya-based Jacaranda Health has joined the Business Call to Action (BCtA) with a pledge to provide 50,250 low-income women and children with high-quality maternal and child health care at its maternity hospitals by the end of 2019. The company has also committed to open two more maternity hospitals in 2018 and pilot innovative healthcare delivery models in 25 public health facilities to reach 250,000 additional women and children.
As Africa prepares for an imminent economic takeoff, her young people have a critical role to play in making it a reality. Their youthful energy is a key ingredient in unlocking the continent’s potential as the next frontier for growth.
Nairobi, June 30, 2016 /3BL Media/ – AfricAqua, a social enterprise focused on innovative solutions for delivering clean water to low-income communities, joined the Business Call to Action (BCtA) with a commitment to provide 20,000 Kenyans with access to safe drinking water through 100 Watershop water outlets. These ‘water malls’ are expected to employ 200 young adults as distributors and offer entrepreneurship opportunities to community members offering related products and services.
Anthony Gitau is Country Head of Novartis Access and Familia Nawiri in Kenya. In his current role, Anthony Gitau is in charge of implementing and scaling up the two social business programs of Novartis in Kenya. These are meant to empower people living at the base of the pyramid to take control of their health and to give them access to quality affordable healthcare services and products. Anthony tells his story about his passion for working on affordable access programs on EFPIA Blog: