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Memorandum of Understanding ( MoU ), intended to bring the transformational power of mobile connectivity to support Africa ’ s most significant healthcare challenges , was signed between the GSMA and the Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention ( Africa CDC ).
The GSMA will work closely with Africa CDC on HealthConnekt Africa – a bold new initiative to connect all health facilities and workforce in Africa to the Internet by 2030 . The initiative will start with a small group of pioneer African Union Member
States and communities , which will see their health facilities connected to the Internet and health workers equipped with smart devices , allowing them to improve the quality of care provided to their clients through access to vital online resources .
The partners will also work together on promoting homegrown healthtech innovations and organising convenings that bring together the public health and tech communities to accelerate Digital Transformation in Africa .
The MoU is intended to provide a framework for partnership between the two organisations on a range of priorities spanning from digital strategy , policy and governance frameworks across the continent to drive the adoption of mobile technologies with the potential to strengthen Africa ’ s health security and outcomes for millions .

PHARMA COMPANIES PLAN TO INVEST IN ‘ DIGITALLY AGILE ’ SUPPLY CHAINS IN THE NEXT 12 MONTHS events and incorporating AI into networks were examples of how pharmaceutical and biotech companies say they will be enhancing their supply chains over the next year .

Over three-quarters ( 86 %) of pharma and BioTech companies say they plan to become more digitally agile , according to a new survey of 100 senior pharmaceutical executives .

The survey , conducted by LogiPharma – a leading annual conference covering pharmaceutical and medical device supply chains – asked global heads and directors of supply chain , logistics , procurement and IT how their organisations were upgrading their existing supply chain network to become more digitally agile .
Allowing logistics networks to be flexible and adapt to rapid changes and new innovations , including responding flexibly to geopolitical
The number one challenge in building a digital supply chain was gaining visibility on the data and digital maturity roadmap , ensuring organisations can understand how Digital Transformation can help them recognise and plan for future challenges .
" One of the biggest focuses for our organisation has been utilising supply chain mapping solutions and embedding AI into that solution ,” said Peter Stolba , Vice President , Business .
" I think the pandemic has fueled the need for data visibility and the justification for investment into building a more robust digital supply chain . It is important that we leverage the information we have and make key decisions based on our data points ."
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