Category: Health Care

Kenya, 1st Country to Launch ‘Novartis Access’ for Affordable Health

Novartis has announced the launch of Novartis Access in Kenya, the first country to benefit from a portfolio of 15 affordable medicines to treat cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, respiratory illnesses, and breast cancer. The Novartis portfolio is being offered to the Kenyan government, non-governmental organisations and other public-sector healthcare providers for USD 1 per treatment, per month.

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400m People Lack Access to Healthcare

A report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and World Bank Group shows that 400 million people do not have access to essential health services while 6% of people in low- and middle-income countries are tipped into or pushed further into extreme poverty because of health spending.

“This report is a wakeup call: It shows that we’re a long way from achieving universal health coverage. We must expand access to health and protect the poorest from health expenses that are causing them severe financial hardship,” says Dr. Tim Evans, Senior Director of Health, Nutrition and Population at the World Bank Group.

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