PharmaLedger Association Launches Digital Trust Ecosystem in Healthcare

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BASEL, Switzerland, March 13, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The PharmaLedger Association™ (PLA), a not-for-profit based in Switzerland, announces the endorsement of its 3-year strategic plan to implement and promote a Digital Trust Ecosystem in healthcare (DTE-H) at its Annual General Meeting held in Lucerne, Switzerland on 1 March 2023. The member organizations also confirmed the appointment of eight Directors to its board, delivering on PLA’s core value of “Ecosystem Leadership.”

Representing the diversity of healthcare, PLA’s founding members comprise of large and small pharmaceutical companies, research organizations, patient representative organizations, non-profit organizations, technology, and healthcare service providers. PLA has confirmed its mandate as a pre-competition umbrella organization delivering common and interoperable digital solutions in the areas of Product TrustDecentralized Clinical Trials, and Supply Chain Traceability.

  • Products & Project: In Q1 2023, PLA will release the first qualified product, electronic Product Information for implementation by its members.
    In Q2 2023, the Association will continue with the development of new products in its innovation xLab, including of a product digital twin, decentralized identities, and verifiable credentials to facilitate visibility, security, traceability, and trust in all areas of healthcare.
  • Governance & Compliance: PLA will leverage its capability to develop, qualify, launch, and maintain products in healthcare’s highly regulated environment by ensuring continuous adherence to antitrust, intellectual property, data privacy, and Computerized System Assurance guidelines.
  • Ecosystem Engagement & Growth: The association will continue to onboard new members and engage with authorities, trade associations and standards development organizations, ensuring growth and financial viability.
  • Platform Technology & Security: PLA will focus on easing adoption of new solutions with its members and users while maintaining the cybersecurity benefits of its architecture.

The formation of PLA and the endorsement of its mission by diverse members of healthcare is a major milestone. This paves the way for delivery of widely trusted blockchain-based platforms with new open-source healthcare solutions to create value for patients and ecosystem stakeholders. PLA is grateful to its 20 founding members and invites all healthcare related organizations to learn more and engage towards the realization of a trusted Healthcare 4.0.

“Blockchain is a team sport. PLA has started with a diverse and strong team of members with a common vision and who believe in real change. With PLA we have the right vehicle, resources, and roadmap to take patients to a better place in healthcare,” Daniel Fritz, Executive Director, PharmaLedger Association.


PLA is the result of the successful completion of the PharmaLedger research project, a €22 million, 30-member consortium with 12 large pharma companies and 18 public partners, funded under the European Union (EU) and European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA)’s Innovative Health Initiative.

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Botswana, Zimbabwe to Discuss Eliminating Use of Passports

The presidents of Botswana and Zimbabwe are to discuss scrapping passport requirements between their countries to allow for the easier flow of people and goods.

Addressing ruling party supporters over the weekend, Botswana’s president, Mokgweetsi Masisi, said he will soon meet his Zimbabwean counterpart, Emmerson Mnangagwa, to discuss the issue.

Botswana reached a similar deal last month with Namibia, and Masisi said he also plans to discuss the issue with the Zambian president.

Some analysts are wary of Botswana’s aim to extend the open border to Zimbabwe, which has a struggling economy and is a major source of illegal migration. But Masisi said there is no reason for security concerns, as smart technology will be used at entry points.

“Don’t think by opening borders, we will open for criminal elements,” he said. “Criminals will be caught as we will be using advanced technology.”

National security expert Pius Mokgware said while the move will benefit Botswana’s economy, it could allow criminals to cross the 840-kilometer border undetected.

“We have to think twice on matters of security. The identity cards should be machine readable. Security features will ensure that identity cards of either country are not forged and used for other things,” Mokgware said.

Mokgware added that the proposed border arrangement could keep law enforcement agents vigilant.

“Right now, what we are using to pick illegal immigrants is the passport, because we ask for the passport. The passport will definitely indicate when you came into Botswana and when you are expected to leave the country,” Mokgware said. “That element was not done for fun; it was done as a measure of security, because you have to control the people who are coming into the country.”

The number of Zimbabweans living illegally in Botswana is not known, but a Zimbabwean government report last year said 47,000 Zimbabweans had left for Botswana over the past decade.

South Africa-based economist Colls Ndlovu said promoting the free movement of people within the region is key to boosting trade.

“This is a very positive move by Botswana, which sends a very strong signal that Botswana is an outward-looking economy,” Ndlovu said. “If it continues to do so, very soon, Botswana will be the key economy in Africa characterized by free trade, free movement of people, free movement of goods and services. These are policies that are long overdue.”

Masisi’s push to engage neighbors on opening up borders is in line with the Africa Union’s Protocol on Free Movement of Persons.

Source: VOA

Three arrested for possession of cannabis at Sigone village

Three men were arrested for alleged possession of cannabis at Sigone village in the Kavango West Region on Saturday.

The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in a crime briefing report on Sunday said it is alleged that the three men aged 50, 25 and 24 were arrested after police received a tip-off from members of the public.

The 690 grams of cannabis was allegedly found in a carry bag the suspects had in their possession.

The suspects will appear in the Kahenge Magistrate Court on Tuesday and police investigations into the matter continue.

In an unrelated incident at Rundu on Friday, a 40-year-old man was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol.

The incident occurred around 09h00.

According to the police, the suspect was allegedly driving on a gravel road not far from the open market when he was arrested.

He appeared in the Rundu Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Four robbed at gunpoint in Windhoek

The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) recorded four cases of robberies at gunpoint in Windhoek over the weekend.

In its weekend crime report on Monday, NamPol indicated that a man was allegedly robbed at gunpoint in Charmaine Street in the Khomasdal residential area on Saturday.

The incident happened between 21h00-22h00, when the suspect allegedly pointed a gun at the victim and took his cell phone and money valued at N.dollars 13 000.

The report further said that a woman was robbed of her vehicle at gunpoint in the Rocky Crest residential area at around 21h00 on the same day.

“It is alleged that the suspect pointed the complainant with a firearm and took her Charcoal black Volkswagen Tiguan vehicle, a necklace, a Samsung A53 cell phone and N.dollars 400.00,” the report said.

It added that another woman was robbed of her cellphone at gunpoint in the Khomasdal location on Saturday, while on the same day, a man was robbed of his phone at around 21h45, also in Khomasdal.

No recoveries of items has been made and police investigations continue.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

We need a little bit of patience: Mbakera

African Stars Football Club’s head coach, Marvin Mbakera, said his team has worked hard this year and his players should not be judged by dropping points over the weekend in the Debmarine Namibia Premiership.

Mbakera was speaking after his team played to a goalless stalemate with bottom-of-the-log Citizen FC at UNAM Stadium in the capital on Sunday.

African Stars is the only club to have not lost a game this season, winning 15 games and drawing four from the 19 games played thus far. They are on top of the log with 49 points, 12 points clear of second on the log Blue Waters, who have earned 37 points thus far.

Since the resumption of the 2022/23 Debmarine Namibia Premiership, the log leaders have struggled to find the back of the net as they did in the first leg, with most of their goals in the last three games coming from set pieces and not from open play.

In an interview with Nampa, after their match on Sunday, Mbakera said they made several changes to their starting 11 because they want to make sure that every player in the squad gets match fitness is not far from the regulars.

“We had two or three clear chances where we could have scored but things didn’t happen. We had two points from the weekend and internationally that is all you need to win the league but today was not our day as we tried our level best but we didn’t find the back of the net,” he said.

He added that all they need now as a team is a bit of patience and with patience, they will start scoring goals soon, as they did in the first leg of the premiership.

“We have worked hard throughout the season. We can now not discredit these boys for all that they did because of this weekend’s results. We are going to move on as there are still many games to be played and our goal of winning the league remains,” Mbakera said.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

CAN receives 151 applications for financial assistance

The Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN) received 151 applications for financial assistance from Namibian cancer patients in February 2023.

CAN in a statement on Monday said on 03 March 2023, its Patient Financial Assistance disbursed support in the amount of N.dollars 105 700 in addition to providing transport and lodging assistance to cancer patients.

CAN Chief Executive Officer, Rolf Hansen told Nampa on Monday CAN has several patient support programmes that include two interim homes, transportation and financial support, while the new palliative care programme aims to support patients in need of rehabilitative, pain and/or end-of-life support.

CAN’s interim care homes are open to all cancer patients in need of lodging while receiving active treatment at Windhoek oncology facilities, he said, while financially vulnerable cancer patients are encouraged to apply with the financial assistance funds.

Hansen stated that Windhoek Central Hospital’s Dr AB May Cancer Care Centre offers free cancer treatment to Namibians who require it because of their financial or social vulnerability.

He said by enhancing both public and private care options, CAN’s support initiatives strengthen Namibia’s cancer care continuum.

“We all have a part to play in creating a better environment for cancer patients in Namibia, and as the need grows, so too must our support network,” Hansen said.

CAN has also opened a new Community Care Centre in Windhoek in order to concentrate on community health issues in a broader sense.

The development of the programme, which is a branch extension of the many other programmes already running under the CAN banner, was influenced by the rapid demand at the current weekly clinics for more screening and support services to the community, Hansen noted.

“To enable the community to ‘pop in’ during a lunch hour for screening, book a slot without waiting in long lines, and shortening the turnaround time of medical examination feedback, a dedicated nurse and two patient navigators will be permanently stationed at the new centre,” he said.

In addition to housing a community clinic open from Monday through Thursday, the Standard Bank Circle of Hope will continue to provide ongoing psychosocial support and care at its new location at 98 John Meinert Street in Windhoek West.

The centre is set to start operating fully next month.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Census not helpful to Kavango regions in terms of budget allocation: Mbangu

Rundu Rural Constituency councillor Paulus Mbangu has said for the past 33 years, the population and housing census has not helped the two Kavango regions in any way in terms of planning or resource allocation by the government.

Mbangu made the statement here on Monday during a meeting held by the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) at the governor’s office to update the regional leadership and stakeholders on the 2023 Population and Housing Census taking place in August this year.

“For us leaders in this region, we are aware that data is important for planning but for the past 33 years, the scientific evidence of the census has not helped the two regions in any way,” Mbangu said.

The councillor said in 1991, 1993 and 1994 the National Planning Commission carried out the population and housing census as well as the income and expenditure surveys, with both indicating that the Kavango regions are the poorest in Namibia, but the budget allocation from government was contrary to those statistics.

‘If the result of the census does not even inform our own government, why do we conduct the census?’ he asked.

Mbangu said if the results of the next census do not influence the budget allocation, the public will lose interest in government and the NSA as well.

NSA Executive of Economic Statistics, Abel Sindano, said the role of the NSA is to produce official statistics not for themselves, but to inform policy makers to ensure that they base their decisions on the results.

He said he agrees that there has to be emphasis on using statistics for planning.

Sindano also said the NSA will recruit around 13 000 Namibians to carry out the exercise.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Prime Minister visits Namdia headquarters

Prime Minister (PM) Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila on Monday said Namibia needs to ensure value for its natural resources as it is a large producer of top-quality diamonds on the global market.

The PM made the remarks during her visit to the Namib Desert Diamonds (Namdia) headquarters in Windhoek.

She said as a country that is a large producer of top-quality diamonds, Namibia should develop the capacity to mine, process and produce various products.

“We should be able to import diamonds and process them here. There are countries that do not produce diamonds but are wealthy because they buy diamonds from us in rough form, process them and create jobs and income for their countries and sell them back to our citizens,” the prime minister said.

Kuugongelwa-Amadhila further stated that Namibians should benefit from resources in the country, saying it is good to note that Namibia is committed to ensuring price discovery, in terms of the selling of rough diamonds, where all Namibians outside the sector can also benefit from the end products.

This, she said, will help with value addition to improve the resilient Namibian economy,

The PM was accompanied on her visit by Minister of Mines and Energy, Tom Alweendo.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Tanzania and Namibia sign three MoUs

TANZANIA and Namibia have signed three Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on political and diplomatic consultations, cooperation, security matters as well as energy resources.

The MoUs were signed following the deliberations of the three-day third session of the Namibia-Tanzania Joint Commission on Cooperation (JCC) in Windhoek, Namibia.

In her speech, Tanzania’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation, Stergomena Tax, said that the successful implementation of the three agreements would contribute to the socio-economic development of the two countries and have a positive impact on the standard of living of their citizens.

However, Dr Tax expressed concern on the slow implementation of existing agreements. Accordingly, she called for redoubling of efforts to ensure speedy implementation in order to strengthen historical bonds, increase trade links, and expand economic and political cooperation.

“In order to enhance our relations, we must take our decisions seriously and implement the issues that have been agreed upon. Let us also eliminate the bureaucracy that prevents us from reaching our goals, and in the process, save the lives of our people,” she noted.

In addition, she called upon senior officials to ensure that the 18 pending MoUs were finalised.

The JCC meeting took place on March 8-10, with Dr Tax leading the Tanzanian delegation.

Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Namibia’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, believes it is high time the two countries elevated their economic and political ties in order to realise the African vision of clean water, free education, and quality health care.

She equally called for commitment from both sides for effective implementation of their existing bilateral agreements through careful monitoring.

“For one of them, we have agreed that communication from both teams on the implementation process should occur every six months, in addition to the mid-term review, which is required to take place before the 4th JCC next year,” she said.

She added: “All of the authorities in attendance, you are the implementers, and we kindly ask that you understand that we need feedback from your ministries when we contact them in order to offer the services our people desire.”

The 4th session of the Namibia-Tanzania Joint Commission of Cooperation will take place in Tanzania in 2025.

At the sidelines of the meeting, Tanzania officially opened its High Commission offices at Khomas Highland Plateau Area in Windhoek, Namibia to foster bilateral relations to deepen economic ties.

On Feb 20, 2020, the Tanzanian diplomatic office in Namibia officially started carrying out its diplomatic responsibilities, and Dr Modestus Kipilimba was appointed as the country’s first High Commissioner to represent Tanzania.

The embassy has also opened a library with books and magazines in Kiswahili for people who are interested in learning the language to visit and study themselves at this time when the governments of Tanzania and Namibia are negotiating for the Kiswahili language to be included in the language of choice in Namibian schools.

In 2021, during the JCC held in Tanzania, the two countries signed MoUs spelling out how they will cooperate in tourism, mining, manufacturing/industries and trade – as well as in the empowerment of youths.

Source: Nam News Network (NNN)