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Corporate responsibility gains traction in Nigeria - news

By Vikas Vij — The concept of corporate social responsibility is now being embraced by a large number of organizations in Nigeria across different sectors. In the past, CSR was considered...

Intasave’s solar Songs are bang on tune for Kenya - news

A solar power system is being introduced by the global non-profit environmental organisation Intasave Energy to bring clean sustainable electricity to a Kenyan community. Initially the...

BASF argan initiative proves economic and social success - news

As BASF's Argan Programme reaches its 10th anniversary, statistics show that the initiative now benefits 1,000 women in rural Southern Morocco. The initiative was originally designed to...

Africa hails world's first carbon neutral national park - news

Zambia is home to the world's first carbon neutral national park. The achievement in Lower Zambezi National Park is the result of a partnership with BioCarbon Partners (BCP), supported...

UK food business pledges to make a difference in Malawi - news

William Jackson Food Group (WJFG) has launched an initiative to help provide food security to a farming community in Malawi, Africa. Owners of Abel & Cole, Aunt Bessie’s,...

Novartis reaches antimalarial treatment milestone - news

Pharma company Novartis has supplied 300m antimalarial treatments without profit to treat children suffering from malaria. The Swiss drugs giant has been delivering treatments since 2009,...

Caterpillar launches pilot phase of free e-learning in Africa - news

American heavy equipment giant Caterpillar has launched the pilot-phase of its Technicians for Africa Project , an e-learning website for people who aspire to become a technician in...

Putting the sparkle back into sustainable luxury? - news

As part of its ongoing Journey to Sustainable Luxury project, Chopard, the Swiss luxury watch, jewellery and accessories company, recently teamed up with Eco Age, a brand consultancy that helps...

Jaguar Land Rover to drive new water safety project - news

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has launched a new project in Africa as part of its global CSR programme. In its ambition to reduce the environmental impact of its vehicles and operations, the...

Mars UK joins Fairtrade's Cocoa Sourcing Program - news

It may help consumers work, rest and play but the iconic Mars bar is also now helping to improve the lives of West African cocoa farmers. From today, the first bars featuring...

Amnesty warns over abuses in diamond supply chain - news

The Central African Republic’s (CAR) biggest traders have purchased diamonds worth several million dollars without properly investigating whether they financed armed groups, Amnesty...

Many happy returns - news

Alquity was founded in 2010 by Paul Robinson , to offer investors a more responsible way to invest by achieving strong returns whilst putting something back and creating a Virtuous Circle of...

Alakija to lead Oando Foundation - news

Oando Foundation, the independent charity launched by one of Africa’s leading indigenous energy providers Oando Plc in 2011, has appointed Dr. Ayoade Olatunbosun-Alakija as its new...

ICI makes significant progress in children's access to education - news

As a direct result of International Cocoa Initiative's (ICI) efforts to promote education last year, 4 000 children now have improved access to quality education and are less likely to be...

DfID faces accusations of pushing private firms over public services - news

The UK’s overseas aid ministry has been accused of using funds to establish private healthcare and education in Africa and Asia, bringing benefits to British and American companies....

Mars to drive food safety in Africa with WFP - news

Mars, Incorporated and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) are to partner in a move which will improve the provision of safe, locally-sourced food to those in need in Africa. The...

Ugandan farmers in court over land grab - news

More than 100 Ugandan farmers evicted to make way for palm oil plantations have filed a lawsuit claiming damages and the return of their land. The smallholders received little, if any,...

Oscar winner Jared Leto becomes WWF ambassador - news

Award-winning actor, musician and director Jared Leto has taken on a new role...this time as a WWF Global Ambassador. Leto (pictured above) recently travelled to South Africa with WWF to...

Celebs, health agencies and corporations partner to tackle Ebola - news

At the Official Draw for the 2015 Orange Africa Cup of Nations, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) joined football stars, celebrities, international health organizations and...

Working together towards an AIDS-free generation - news

This World AIDS Day, Dr Brian Brink, chief medical officer for Anglo American explains why it’s going to require teamwork, partnership and dedication to beat HIV/AIDS. The...

Astellas extends Kenyan care initiative - news

Astellas Pharma Europe announced its backing of a new €1.5m programme to tackle obstetric fistula in May. Ken Jones, ceo and president, gives Ethical Performance an update The...

Tobacco plant biofuel takes off with Boeing and SAA - news

Boeing, South African Airways (SAA) and SkyNRG are collaborating to make sustainable aviation biofuel from a new type of tobacco plant. SkyNRG is expanding production of the hybrid plant...

IBM and Dow to collaborate in Ethiopia sanitation programme - news

Five employees from chemicals giant Dow and three from technology colossus IBM are to participate in a joint global pro bono project with International Medical Corps (IMC) that will promote and...

Coca-Cola and partners to expand Project Last Mile in Africa - news

The Coca-Cola Company and its Foundations, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the Bill & Melinda Gates...

Plastics companies team up to deliver more affordable water - news

An estimated 56,000 of Nairobi’s poorest residents will receive a safe and reliable water service - costing a tenth of what they currently pay - due to a new four-partner collaboration....

IBM develops supply chain pilot in Zambia - news

Technology and consultancy giant IBM is working in collaboration with the Zambian Ministry of Health to provide citizens with improved access to 200 lifesaving drugs. Supported by the World...

Astellas backs new women’s health programme in Kenya - news

The European arm of Japanese pharma giant Astellas is backing a new health programme in Kenya which aims to transform the lives of more than 1,200 women living with obstetric fistula. Action...

Race-based quotas called into question in South Africa - news

Civil rights organisation AfriForum has launched a campaign to gather the support of South Africans against racial quotas in South African sports.? The campaign was launched after the...

Civil rights campaign takes on sport quotas in South Africa - news

Civil rights organisation AfriForum has launched a comprehensive campaign to gather the support of South Africans against racial quotas in South African sports. The campaign was launched...

Unilever's Lifebuoy campaign achieves dramatic results - news

Incidences of diarrhoea have dropped from 36% to just 5% in the Indian village of Thesgora as a direct result of Unilever’s soap brand Lifebuoy’s ‘Help a Child Reach 5’...

GSK to create world's first R&D Open Lab in Africa - news

Pharma giant GSK is to invest £25m to create the world's first R&D Open Lab for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Africa. The centre will see GSK scientists collaborate with...

Dell funds collection sites of East Africa’s first e-waste hub - news

IT giant Dell is funding two collection sites for the first large-scale e-waste recycling facility in East Africa and has plans for 40 more. The opening of the East Africa Compliant...

Boeing and SAA build biofuel collaboration - news

Boeing and South African Airways (SAA) are to work together to develop and implement a sustainable aviation biofuel supply chain in Southern Africa, a first for the continent. The...

30,000+ farmers benefit from GrowCocoa - news

GrowCocoa, the independent joint venture representing the sustainability interests of Blommer Chocolate Company and Olam International, says that 31,600 farmers in Côte d’Ivoire and...

New initiative to improve lives of African girls - news

Discovery Communications, the non-fiction media company, has teamed up with the Department for International Development to improve the lives of young girls living in Africa. The company is...

GSK unveils potential malaria vaccine - news

British pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has unveiled possibly the world’s first malaria vaccine following “significant” results from an ongoing clinical trial....

Colonel Sanders stands at ease for South Africa hunger campaign - news

KFC South Africa has given up its famous Colonel Sanders logo and replaced it with the faces of children to mark World Hunger Relief month. The faces represent the children that benefit from...

Fast food giant teams with US pop singer for hunger relief project - news

American singer Christina Aguilera is backing Yum! Brands annual world hunger relief initiative. The pop superstar recently visited Rwanda where she saw the effects of hunger first hand and...

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Africa’s white elephant ... In the US environmentalists are calling on the president of Tanzania to crack down on the country’s elephant poaching epidemic. “The slaughter...

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Biting back... Swiss pharma giant Novartis is backing a new campaign in its long-term commitment to fighting malaria. The Power of One campaign (www.Po1.org) aims to address the treatment...

Coca-Cola bolsters clean water & sanitation programme in Africa - news

Coca-Cola is expanding its clean water and sanitation programme in African schools and health clinics together with the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The global soft drinks...

Report sets new benchmark for corporate sustainability in Africa - news

The UN Global Compact and newspaper group Financial Times have produced the first benchmark for CSR in Africa. The joint initiative, the Africa Sustainability Barometer, gauges the state of...

Novartis extends pledge to fight childhood malaria in Africa - news

Swiss pharma giant Novartis is backing a new campaign in its long-term commitment to fighting malaria. The Power of One campaign (www.Po1.org) aims to address the treatment gap –...

Environmentalists urge Tanzania's president to act on elephant poaching - news

Environmentalists in the US are calling on the president of Tanzania to crack down on the country's elephant poaching epidemic. President Kikwete is currently in the US for private...

Sierra Leone land grab fuels poverty - news

The rush for farmland by foreign investors engaged in industrial-scale plantation agriculture in Sierra Leone has increased poverty and food shortages among communities who have lost their...

Call for halt to industrial plantations in Sierra Leone - news

The push for farmland by foreign investors engaged in industrial-scale plantation agriculture in Sierra Leone has increased poverty and food shortages among communities who have lost their...

Ivory Coast cocoa producers in sweet deal with Mondelez - news

Milka maker Mondelez International is set to help farmers increase sustainable cocoa production in Ivory Coast following an agreement with the local Conseil du Café Cacao. The chocolate...

BT in bid to build online Africa - news

British telecoms giant BT is working with international charity SOS Children’s Villages on its latest CSR programme, Connecting Africa, which will connect 20 of the charity’s sites...

ClimateCare & BioCarbon launch cookstove project in Ghana - news

Climate and development organisation ClimateCare, together with investment partner BioCarbon, is looking to improve health and reduce carbon emissions with the registration of its Clean...

Supermodel backs push to tackle energy poverty - news

Supermodel Gisele Bundchen has teamed up with charity Practical Action to raise awareness of the impact of energy poverty.   According to Practical Action, in Sub Saharan Africa, two...

UN delivers approval for DHL project - news

Mail and logistics group Deutsche Post DHL has gained UN approval for a climate project in Lesotho. The company has provided thousands of efficient wood-burning cooking stoves that reduce...

Shell’s Niger Delta acquittals fail to deter campaigners - news

A Dutch court has acquitted oil giant Shell of four of the five charges it faced in connection with pollution in the Niger Delta. On the fifth charge, Shell has been ordered to pay...

Canadian courts throw out Congo massacre class action - news

A class action against a copper mining company over allegedly assisting the 2004 Kilwa massacre in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has failed. Acting for Congolese survivors and...

Gold Fields miners return to work - news

More than 15,000 South African miners have returned to work for mining company Gold Fields, ending a long-running strike there. Another 1,500 miners who failed to return for work have lost their...

Wage claims and violence hit South African mines - news

The turmoil in South Africa’s mining industry appears to be escalating despite a settlement at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine, where 46 people were killed and 78 injured in violent...

Food security risk high in Africa - news

Food security in 75% of African countries is at high or extreme risk, according to a study by risk analysis company Maplecroft. The risks are highest for areas of sub-Saharan Africa hit by...

AngloAmerican in silicosis scare - news

AngloAmerican is being taken to the high court by nearly 3,000 African gold miners, who claim they have developed silicosis, a scarring of the lungs, for which there is no cure, because of poor...

Amnesty & Greenpeace target Trafigura - news

Amnesty International and Greenpeace have urged that oil trading company Trafigura faces criminal investigation in the UK for its role in the 2006 dumping of toxic waste in Abidjan, Ivory Coast....

Miners’ strike shootings comes as tensions rise over pay claim - news

A week of national mourning was declared in South Africa after 34 striking miners were gunned down at a platinum mine operated by London-based Lonmin in Marikana, North West province.  ...

AfricaSIF sets out to bridge the reality deficit for foreign investors - news

Africa has become a destination for investment, but many misconceptions remain about the continent, particularly in developed markets. Graham Sinclair and Miles Mudzviti, of the newly-formed...

Kenyan companies sign code of ethics - news

Kenyan companies have signed a code of ethics, hoping to combat problems of corruption and poor governance in the country’s private sector. Dozens of companies from a range of industries...

Fairtrade partners with African gold miners - news

The Fairtrade Foundation has begun partnerships with gold miners in Africa for the first time, with the aim of expanding its Fairtrade Gold brand launched last year. The certification scheme,...

Logistics companies pilot disaster strategies in Nigeria - news

Logistics companies have combined with humanitarian organisations to help countries prepare for disasters. AP Moller-Maersk and UPS, joining forces with the UN World Food Programme, have...

South African construction industry unites to address health and safety weaknesses - news

Companies in South Africa’s construction industry have collaboratively introduced a non-profit organisation to improve the sector’s health and safety practices. BuildSafe South...

Nestlé uses FLA to find child labour in cocoa chain - news

Nestlé is to allow the Fair Labor Association (FLA) to investigate its Ivory Coast cocoa supply chain for the presence of child labour. The Swiss multinational has taken the unusual...

Zimbabwe diamonds row legacy leaves monitoring process in crisis - news

The future of the Kimberley Process (KP) now hangs in the balance as civil society groups consider leaving the organisation, as disagreements over the Zimbabwean diamonds crisis threaten to...

Shell’s Nigeria opponents handed new ammunition - news

Shell’s activities in Nigeria are once again in the spotlight after the simultaneous release of secret court documents, an NGO report on its operations and a UN environmental assessment....

Foundations’ $25m to boost agricultural performance in drought-hit east Africa - news

A group of US ‘impact investors’ have pledged $25m to develop sustainable agribusinesses in east Africa in response to drought and famine in the region. Foundations including JP...

Cocoa buyers join forces on African child labour - news

A $2m (£1.3m, €1.5m) public-private partnership to combat ‘the worst forms’ of child labour in Africa’s cocoa-growing industry has been formed by a multinational...

Ikea gives UN $62m to aid Somalian refugees - news

Furniture giant Ikea has made the largest donation the UN refugee agency has ever received to build a refugee complex for Somalian victims of war and drought. The company has given the UN...

Motorola pilots conflict-free supply in Congo - news

One of the world’s largest telecommunications groups has announced a project to source conflict-free materials from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Motorola’s pilot...

Rwanda secures cervical cancer prevention deal - news

Pharmaceutical giant Merck is to donate millions of vaccines and testing resources for the prevention of cervical cancer in Africa. Under the terms of a partnership with Dutch diagnostics...

Sustainable investment taking root in Africa - news

Sustainable investment has found a ‘strong niche foothold’ in sub-Saharan Africa and is expected to grow significantly over the next five years. This is the optimistic...

Multinational subsidiaries are no safe haven in Africa - news

It is generally accepted that Africa should deliver strong portfolio growth in the decade ahead. Yet African markets have specific environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks that need to...

Sudan firms still under observation - news

Companies operating in Sudan have been warned by investors that they will still be under scrutiny over human rights, despite  the forthcoming independence of South Sudan from the North....

Walmart’s union stance may halt takeover deal - news

Walmart may be refused permission to expand into South Africa after the government and a coalition of trade unions insisted it must give assurances about its workers’ rights policy....

Shell makes flaring pledge - news

The oil giant Shell has announced that it will put an end to its controversial gas flaring in Nigeria by commissioning a pipeline system that will allow excess gas vapours to be used on the...

Heineken tackles HIV/Aids - news

One of the world’s largest beer manufacturers has initiated three HIV and Aids prevention projects in Africa. Heineken will support the expansion of three existing programmes to help...

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An appeals court in the US has upheld last year’s ruling that Shell cannot be liable for violations of international human rights law in Nigeria in the 1990s. However, the judges’...

Shell faces another case over OECD breach claims - news

Shell has become the subject of an official complaint to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) over alleged breaches of the OECD Guidelines in its Nigerian...

Anvil strikes out with Europeans - news

A programme helping African nations to produce and sell sustainable cotton has recruited its first US-based apparel manufacturer. Anvil Knitwear has joined Cotton Made in Africa (CmiA), a...

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Anglo American has signed a partnership with a charity that aims to build economic capacity in African nations by helping local firms manufacture disaster relief materials. Advance Aid, which...

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Thomson Reuters is to provide $1.2million of funding for up to 15 law libraries in Africa over the next few years. The business information provider will work on the project with the Books For...

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ExxonMobil has announced grants to the Africare development NGO to combat malaria in Africa. The oil giant will offer on-the-ground support, business expertise and grants totalling nearly...

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Allegations of human rights abuses against Talisman Energy in Sudan have finally been dismissed. The US Supreme Court threw out an appeal claiming the Canadian oil and gas company was...

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SRI asset management company Sustainable Capital has appointed Gaetan Herinckx as a senior investment analyst to its Africa research team. Herinckx, who will be based in Cape Town, joins from...

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South Africa’s largest pension fund is to integrate CSR issues into investment decisions and ownership practices. The Government Employees Pension Fund, which has $87billion...

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Telecommunications group Orange has joined the United Nations ‘mHealth Alliance’ as part of an effort to improve public health through mobile technology in West Africa. Orange will...

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Cadbury has announced the details of how it will spend a £500,000 ‘social premium’ for Ghanaian cocoa farmers as part of its Fairtrade certification. The money is the first...

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Cullinan has become South Africa’s first ‘carbon-neutral’ law practice. It began neutralising its emissions in 2008 in a project involving all staff.

ArcelorMittal steps in to push Liberian CSR - news

A Corporate Responsibility Forum has been formed in Liberia by the steel multinational ArcelorMittal and the German sustainable development company GTZ. The forum, which hopes to have 75...

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The first Fairtrade cocoa from Sierra Leone is being sold by Divine Chocolate. Divine, a company co-owned by cocoa farmers, now counts Sierra Leone’s Fairtrade-certified co-operative Kpeya...

Brewer offers HIV training to farmers - news

HIV and Aids testing is being provided to Ugandan supplier farmers by one of the world’s largest brewers. SABMiller, which makes Peroni, Grolsch and Eagle beers, has provided...

African SRI fund breaks new ground - news

Africa’s first sustainable investment fund outside South Africa has been established. The Africa Sustainability Fund, created by Sustainable Capital, a Mauritius-based asset manager,...

Anger over diamond stance - news

The Kimberley Process, an international certification scheme to prevent the sale of conflict diamonds, has been criticized after backing down on its threatened suspension of Zimbabwe. The...

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Insurance multinational Aviva has pledged half of its charitable donations budget to an investment programme to get homeless children ‘off the streets and into education and...

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Liberia’s extractives sector has been designated as ‘compliant’ with a leading industry transparency framework. Liberia has become the first African country to be validated by...

Cocoa farmers pass the test - news

Two cocoa producing farmer co-operatives in the Ivory Coast have become the first to be certified under a cocoa sustainability programme created by UTZ Certified, a Dutch body that also runs...

Google gives Ugandan poor access to data - news

Internet company Google is to offer free access to health advice, farming tips and other services by mobile phone to people in one of the world’s poorest nations. The AppLab project...

PetroChina allowed to remain in Compact club - news

PetroChina has been absolved of complicity in human rights abuses in Sudan by the United Nations Global Compact after long consideration of complaints made by a host of non-governmental...

African nations are riskiest places for big business - news

African countries carry the greatest risks for multinationals, according to a ranking of nations with the most hazardous business environments. The Global Risks Index, produced by the...

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A pharmaceuticals multinational is to give a South African company the rights to manufacture an HIV drug royalty-free. GlaxoSmithKline’s  ‘donation’ of the drug abacavir...

Zimbabwe ban gets nearer - news

An international certification scheme to prevent the sale of conflict diamonds has recommended a six-month suspension on the importing and exporting of Zimbabwean rough diamonds. The...

Pro-poor model pays off - news

A ‘pro-poor’ initiative by Coca-Cola in East Africa has generated 12,000 jobs while increasing the company’s competitiveness in the region. The soft drinks giant, along...

Long-running cause celebre draws to an end at last - news

One of the controversies often cited as a key catalyst for the growth of corporate responsibility finally drew to a conclusion last month when the oil company Shell agreed an out of...

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Some of the world’s wealthiest foundations have created a network to reduce poverty through investments in small businesses in Africa. The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs,...

Coca-Cola pumps millions into water - news

The Coca-Cola Company has committed $30million (£21m) to provide access to safe drinking water for communities throughout Africa. The funding, spread over the next six years, will be...

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Two African consultancies have joined forces on the continent to increase their CSR offerings to businesses. The pan-African public relations consultancy africapractice has signed a...

Zimbabwe could fall off Kimberley’s approved list - news

Calls are growing for Zimbabwe to be withdrawn from the Kimberley Process, an international certification scheme to prevent the sale of conflict diamonds. Diamonds from Zimbabwe, which...

Chevron cleared of abuse - but cases still pile up - news

The huge oil group Chevron has been cleared by a US jury of complicity in violence that erupted on one of its platforms in Nigeria in May 1998. The charges related to disturbances in which...

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The Central African Republic has become the 24th country to agree to be a ‘candidate’ member of the five-year-old Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, which promotes...

SRI reach grows as Africa gets its own pair of indices - news

Two SRI indexes have been set up to cover listed companies in Africa. The Africa investor SRI 50 and Africa investor SRI 30 indexes, which are the first pan-African indices of their kind, have...

World Bank pulls out of Chad project - news

The World Bank has withdrawn from a deal to fund an oil project with the government of Chad after politicians there failed to convince the institution that revenues would be contributed to...

HIV/Aids drugs go to families - news

Anglo American is extending its HIV and Aids drugs programme in South Africa to family members of its 75,000 workers there. Brian Brink, Anglo’s medical senior vice-president in South...

Mining company fights back over ActionAid claims - news

Anglo American has taken the unusual step of issuing a 40-page report rebutting allegations of human rights abuses by its Anglo Platinum arm in South Africa. The international...

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Draft ethical standards for artisanal diamond mining in Sierra Leone will be published next month by the Diamond Development Initiative, an umbrella group of non-governmental organizations,...

Cocoa board will monitor child labour - news

An independent body has been formed to curb child labour in the West African cocoa sector. The Cocoa Verification Board, set up by the US non-profit organization Verite with the support of...

Kenyan conflict disrupts supply chain inspections - news

Civil and political unrest in Kenya has led to the suspension of some social auditing programmes in the country until further notice. Kenya, which is the location for several ethical supply...

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Pharmaceuticals company Merck aims to raise $50million (£25.5m) with the World Bank to fight river blindness, a leading cause of preventable sight loss in 28 African countries. Merck has...

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Swiss pharmaceuticals group Roche has entered into new technology transfer agreements with firms in Africa and Asia to spread the use of the antiviral HIV medication Invirase. Roche will provide...

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