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GE Healthcare’s Versana Premier: Driving Access to Affordable Healthcare in South Africa



The launch took place in multiple customer sites in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, March 8, 2019 — GE Healthcare has today announced the launch of Versana Premier for the first time in South Africa. The launch took place in multiple customer sites in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town.

Versana Premier is part of the Versana ultrasound family, which comprises of solutions that help empower care without compromise, balancing capability, affordability, and reliability. This innovative system is well suited for general practice clinics, physical check-up centers, community health clinics, and other facilities offering basic medical care. A wide variety of ultrasound probes and clinical features allows healthcare professionals to provide quick and comfortable exams, see clearly, and confidently diagnose a broad range of conditions covering abdominal, OB/GYN, cardiac, urology, vascular and musculoskeletal exams.

Part of GE’s new Versana Ultrasound range, affordable care Versana Premier is easy to use and easy to own. This world-class ultrasound is designed for peace of mind and making healthcare accessible to all. It also comes with local product and clinical training to help healthcare professionals

gain comfort and proficiency with the system to enhance patient care.

“As players in South Africa’s healthcare industry, each one of us has a responsibility to lead the way in improving the quality of healthcare and support the country’s vision in achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) for all,” said Graham Maritz, General Manager, GE Healthcare Southern Africa.  “Through continuous investment in innovation and education, GE Healthcare is dedicated to drive access to affordable healthcare in collaboration with our partners through solutions such as Versana Premier.”

As part of the United Nations sustainable development goals, UHC means that every person, everywhere, should have access to quality healthcare. South Africa is in the process of introducing an innovative system of healthcare financing through the National Health Insurance (NHI) to ensure that everyone has access to appropriate, efficient and quality health services.

GE is proud to have established its first international office in South Africa more than 100 years ago. Through a range of strategic partnerships and localization commitments, GE is proudly supporting sustainable healthcare development working with both the public and private sectors, to help improve health outcomes for all South Africans.

– GE Healthcare


Fight against cancer: GE Healthcare collaborates with Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority




GE Healthcare has partnered with the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) to supply latest technology in computed tomography (CT), Discovery RT, to Lagos University Teaching Hospital

LAGOS, Nigeria, February 28, 2019/ — Partnership will ensure provision of latest technology to enable early diagnostics and better treatment for cancer patients; NSIA- LUTH Cancer Center (NLCC) is the first hospital in West Central Africa to install GE Healthcare’s Discovery RT CT.

GE Healthcare ( has partnered with the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) to supply latest technology in computed tomography (CT), Discovery RT, to Lagos University Teaching Hospital for its modern NSIA- LUTH Cancer Center, commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Discovery RT, a simulation CT machine, is the first of such technology to be installed in the country. It enables physicians to study the body in detail allowing them to determine the exact location, shape, and size of the tumor to be treated. As part of the partnership, GE Healthcare will also provide servicing of the equipment and deliver hands-on training for the hospital’s radiology staff on the new technology.

Nigeria currently has eight public and one private comprehensive cancer care centers to serve its growing population of over 180 million people. Many of the public cancer centers have radiotherapy machines that are outdated, making access to radiation therapy more difficult for cancer patients. The new Radiotherapy Centre will increase access to quality services for the patients across Lagos state. This will help early detection and treatment of cancer, which improves chances of its being cured.

“For many years, GE Healthcare has developed tools that help improve the care of patients through advanced technologies that facilitate the diagnosis as well as help the fight against diseases such as cancer. We are happy to collaborate with NSIA in this landmark achievement for Nigeria in progressing the availability of world-class radiotherapy for cancer patients in the region. This will help improve the overall results in the fight against cancer, as well as in improving the quality of life”, said Eyong Ebai, General Manager for West Central and French Sub-Sahara Africa at GE Healthcare.

The World Health Organization (WHO) projects that by 2030, between 10 and 11 million cancers will be diagnosed in low and middle-income countries.

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Africa focused health-tech start-up; Talamus Health Inc. named to Fast Company’s Annual List of The World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2019




The list honors the businesses making the most profound impact on both industry and culture, showcasing a variety of ways to thrive in today’s volatile world

CALIFORNIA, United States of America, February 25, 2019/ — Talamus Health Inc. (, an Africa focused health-tech business, has been named to Fast Company’s ( prestigious annual list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2019.

The list honors the businesses making the most profound impact on both industry and culture, showcasing a variety of ways to thrive in today’s volatile world. Half of the companies on this year’s MIC 50 list are appearing for the first time.

Commenting on the recognition by Fast Company, Talamus founder Dr. Muri Raifu said: “Being recognized by Fast Company for our innovative approach to Healthcare is a great endorsement of our approach to solving healthcare challenges on the African continent. It follows the United Nations ITU’s recognition of Talamus as the ‘most scalable solution’ in the SME category of their 2018 Global awards. The combination of innovation and scalability is at the heart of our value proposition to the healthcare industry on the continent. Africa’s population is the fastest growing in the world, and its healthcare infrastructure amongst the weakest. Innovative technical solutions that can be scaled to deliver across industry segments and in multiple geographies are vital to getting ahead of that challenge. Already in Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa, we expect to launch in Zimbabwe, Mozambique in 2019.”

For decades, the healthcare challenge in Africa and other emerging markets has been dominated by the fight against communicable diseases, but underlying this threat has been the growing prominence of chronic illnesses, and a lack of infrastructure and capacity to provide the care needed to address them. Primary Health Care facilities across Africa lack centralized record keeping, and the choices facing them have traditionally been to retain time consuming paper based solutions, or to invest significantly in bulky hardware and software solutions that lack interoperability.

The rapid growth of telecommunications services and their integration with the financial systems in Africa have created an opportunity to deliver healthcare services in new ways, and Talamus is leveraging this infrastructure. The Talamus Mobile Platform and marketplace provides integration options for doctors, clinics, pharmacies, laboratories, insurance companies and Government Agencies, while offering the end user, the patient, more control over the movement and privacy of their health data.

Currently operational in Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa, Talamus has built a network of over 100 clinics and hospitals, 710 pharmacy outlets and 400 laboratory outlets, as well as connections to insurance companies; each integrating into or using the Talamus mobile application, and so enabling  comprehensive real-time access to records and notes.

This year, Fast Company’s editors and writers sought out groundbreaking businesses across 35 industries and every region. They also judged nominations received through their application process.The World’s Most Innovative Companies is Fast Company’s signature franchise and one of its most highly anticipated editorial efforts of the year. It provides both a snapshot and a road map for the future of innovation across the most dynamic sectors of the economy.

“Established players are showing the same kind of nimbleness that we’ve generally associated with startups,” said Fast Company deputy editor David Lidsky, who oversaw the issue with senior editor Amy Farley.

Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies issue (March-April 2019) is now available online at, as well as in app form via iTunes and on newsstands beginning February 27th. The hashtag is #fcmostinnovative.

By APO Group

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AMNH Excellence in Health Journalism Awards 2019 finalists unveiled.




Nairobi, 14 February 2019 – Finalists in the Africa Media Network on Health AMNH Excellence in Health Journalism Awards 2019 were announced today, underscoring excellence in health journalism in Africa.

The winners will be announced at a gala dinner at the Africa Health Agenda International Conference “Africa Health 2019” in Kigali Rwanda on March 6, 2019.

The AMNH Excellence in Health Journalism Awards shortlist consists of 12 finalists in four different categories including Radio, TV, Print and Online.

Prof Joachim Osur, Director of Regional Programmes at Amref Health Africa said the finalists were arrived at after a five-bench jury sorted through over 200 entries to identify the cream of the crop.

“The jury line-up comprised of some of the most renowned media personalities and media training institutions across Africa.These extraordinary finalists are all worthy of recognition for their tireless efforts in shaping health journalism towards the realisation of universal health coverage in Africa through media advocacy – quality and none sensational reporting. They are essentially the best of the best,” he said

The AMNH Excellence in Health Journalism Awards showcases the top journalists from Zambia, Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, who have demonstrated outstanding merit in health journalism in Africa.

Below is the full list of the finalists of the AMNH Excellence in Health Journalism Awards 2019:


Arthur Shikopo, Zambezi FM(Zambia)

Ruth Keiya, Radio Rahma (Kenya)

MacDonald Gondwe, Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (Malawi)


Flavia Nasaka, the Independent Publications Limited (Uganda)

Samuel Okiror, The Guardian (Uganda)

Nancy Agutu, Radio Africa Group (Kenya)

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Kenneth Simbaya, IPP Media/The Guardian (Tanzania)

Eunice Kilonzo, Nation Media Goup (Kenya)

Diana Kendi, Freelancer (Kenya)


Saida Swale, Royal Media services (Kenya)

Mercy Kandie, BBC (Kenya)

Eunice Omollo, Nation Media Group (Kenya)


About Africa Media Network on Health (AMNH)

AMNH is a team of highly acclaimed journalists and editors from Kenya, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda reporting on health systems strengthening at their respective countries and at the regional level including AU, the East, Central and Southern African (ECSA), East African Community (EAC) and Southern African Development Community (SADC). The Network aims to promote citizen understanding and appreciation of health issues in Africa and beyond by improving the quality, accuracy, and intensity of media reporting on health issues.

The network seeks to achieve its goal of increasing the coverage of health issues in the media in Africa, enhance interest of media in health matters and enhance the capacity of African journalists to report on health through workshops, mentorship, networking, information sharing, and institutional development.

Press contact: +254 724 278 948
Hezron Owuor; [email protected]

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