July 21, 2023
Building Africa’s vaccinology expertise and leadership
Expanding vaccine production in Africa, now a key objective for the continent, will require a highly skilled workforce with the necessary expertise. This is why BACKUP Health is supporting vaccine production-related further education and training through the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. The recent African Advanced Vaccinology course is one example.
December 9, 2022
Strengthening health value chains by partnering with the private sector in the SADC region
How and why German development cooperation invests, technically and financially, in local manufacturing of medical and pharmaceutical products.
November 27, 2021
A moonshot for Africa’s health security: Co-creating Africa’s own vaccine industry
When health workers in African countries read the labels on the vaccine shots they administer - be they against measles or COVID-19 - they mostly find that they were produced on a different continent.
Local pharmaceutical manufacturing
Less than 1% of the vaccines and only about 30% of the medicines that Africa needs are currently produced on the continent. Whether for the immunisation of babies or the treatment of common diseases, African countries are critically dependent on international producers and supply-chains. This must change. German development cooperation, as part of Team Europe, supports the African Union and African partner countries in accessing investment finance and in fostering technology transfer, as well as in building the specialist workforce and regulatory environment needed for local pharmaceutical production.
What do these efforts look like in practice? The articles, studies, podcasts and events assembled on this page document and illustrate how Germany supports the efforts to strengthen local pharmaceutical manufacturing in Africa.