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On June 26, in the town of Pointe Noire in Congo, the staff representatives of UbiPharm's Congolese subsidiary organised their traditional monthly fast walk.
For the first time, an all-female team was brought together to encourage a sporting dynamic, and bring team spirit amongst the female staff.
Over the past few months, the UbiPharm Foundation has donated ten European standards neonatal incubators to Bobo-Dioulasso’s Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Souro Sanou (CHUSS), in Burkina Faso, and to the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Gabriel Toure in Bamako, Mali. Each hospital was given five incubators.
The donation of these incubators took place during the last quarter of 2021. This equipment will increase the reception capacity of the neonatology units, and enable better care for premature children.
These donations reflect the interest that the UbiPharm Foundation has in improving the living conditions of the populations of the countries in which the UbiPharm group is present.
With these initiatives, the UbiPharm Foundation perpetuates its actions of solidarity and sharing for the benefit of vulnerable populations.
On June 13, at the Ibis Antananarivo hotel, the traditional annual meeting between UbiPharm Madagascar and pharmacists took place. About 20 pharmacists who were recently installed and shareholders of the said company were able to take part in the meeting.
Within this framework, the President of the Board of Directors of UbiPharm Madagascar, Mrs. RABETSAORANA Vololona, and Dr. KABRAN Hervé who represented UbiPharm Development, supported the teams to present the UbiPharm group and to exchange on the advantages of collaborating with UbiPharm Madagascar.
The event, during which the guests expressed themselves on various subjects including the shareholding at UbiPharm Madagascar, was concluded around a convivial lunch.
Thank you to all participants !
UbiPharm Burkina was Diamond Sponsor of the first edition of the Pharma Expo BF 2022, which was held from June 9 to 11 at the Soleil Levant Pavilion of the SIAO in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The event under the theme: "Pharmacy in Burkina Faso - the challenges of industrialization in the era of generics and biosimilars", was punctuated by discussions around topics related to health and pharmacy.
The event was under the patronage of the Minister of Health and Public Hygiene of Burkina Faso, Dr. KARGOUGOU, and under the chairmanship of the President of the National Order of Pharmacists of Burkina Faso, Dr. SANDOUIDI. Dr KONKOBO, Director of the Africa zone of the UbiPharm group, also encouraged this edition of the exhibition.
UbiPharm Senegal teams were present at El Djazair Healthcare 2022, the first Algerian Pharmaceutical Industry Exhibition. This event, organized by the Ministry of Health of Senegal in collaboration with the Ministry of Pharmaceutical Industry and the Ministry of Commerce of Algeria, was held in Dakar, Senegal, from May 17 to 19, 2022.
At the show, the Senegalese wholesale distributor also presented their service solutions facilitating the availability of healthcare solutions in Senegal.
The show, which was mainly focused on the export of medicines and medical devices to the African market, hosted multinational companies.
The objective of this engaging campaign is to highlight the involvement of each stakeholder in making health accessible to all. UbiPharm pays tribute to its partners, customers, shareholders, and employees without whom the Group could not accomplish its mission.
Through this campaign, UbiPharm highlights the values driving the Group, and which can be summed up as the acronym SPICE, namely: Satisfaction of customers, Partnership, Innovation, Confidence, Engagement in society.
The Group is committed to continuing to advance health in Africa and in the Overseas France.
After a two-year hiatus due to the situation caused by COVID-19, the teams at UbiPharm Cameroon organized their famous annual “fast walk” on Sunday, April 24th, 2022.
The participants, composed of staff, pharmacy customers, assistants and students, were brought together to mark Labor Day, which will take place on May 1st, 2022. Board Chairman at UbiPharm Cameroon, Dr Henri NJITCHOUANG NONO and the Commissioner of Police of the 8th district of the city of Douala honored the teams with their presence during the activity.
The event punctuated by speeches from Dr NJITCHOUANG NONO, and Dr LOMPO, General Manager of UbiPharm Cameroon, ended with the presentation of awards and trophies. The first prize was awarded to Dr Etienne GBABI, pharmacist trainee of the Pharmacie des Merveilles.
This edition of the walk was a great success.
On March 12th and 13th, 2022, we had the pleasure of meeting many of you on our stand at the 2022 edition of PharmagoraPlus exhibition. 2 memorable days for the UbiPharm team, who was happy to see our customers and partners after a difficult health context.
The 2022 edition of PharmagoraPlus was a great opportunity to discuss with our partners, reveal our new brand identity, and website, our platform “NOW”, all the whilst celebrating our 30th anniversary. For the past 30 years, thanks to you, we have been innovating to find new healthcare solutions.
Thank you to our shareholders, customers, partners, and employes. Thank you for your trust over the years enabling that together we can make health accessible, on a daily basis, in the countries where we are present.
The 6th edition of the Antilles-Guyana MAYOTTE Thesis Award, which takes place every two years, took place on February 19th at the Relais du Moulin, in Sainte-Anne, Guadeloupe. This award is granted by the UbiPharm group in partnership with the National Academy of Pharmacy since 2009.
The awards ceremony was held on 15 December 2021, during a solemn event organised by the National Academy of Pharmacy, which rewards pharmacy students throughout France. The winners this year are : Ms Camille WATTEZ (1st prize), Ms Julie LE PELLETIER (2nd prize ex-aequo), and Ms Lindy JIOUNANDAN (2nd prize ex-aequo).
The jury was proud to present the lucky winners with a trophy, a symbolic financial envelope, and a book on West Indian pharmacopoeia.
Publication of the gender equality index of PlanetPharma’s Economic and Social Unit 2021.
In accordance with French law, the economic and social unit (ESU) composed of four specialized subsidiaries, namely PlanetPharma, Gesca, DII, and D.T. Pharma, today publish their professional equality index between men and women. The companies comprised in the ESU score 68 out of a 100 for the period January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021.
As a reminder, the gender equality index is an overall score that consists of four or five indicators (depending on the size of the company):
This strategic alliance will provide complementary continental route-to-market solutions to healthcare principals and clients, leveraging best-in-class operations and commercial services. While UbiPharm and Imperial will each maintain their individual business autonomies, the strategic alliance will drive better access to medicines, vaccines and other healthcare products for patients and consumers across 40 African countries, representing one of the most expansive networks for healthcare distribution on the continent. All the activities essential to the availability of medicines – including manufacturing, regulatory, promotion and distribution – will be readily available to healthcare principals through this network.
“As part of our purpose to connect Africa and the world and improve people’s lives, Imperial seeks to connect every African patient to quality healthcare, every day,” says Mohammed Akoojee, Group CEO of Imperial. “This strategic alliance with UbiPharm is in line with this ambition and our ‘Gateway to Africa’ strategy, which is also focused on expanding our geographic footprint and reach on the African continent, including in Francophone and Lusophone African countries. A Pan-African solution such as this one bodes well for our principals, clients and customers and, more importantly, enhances healthcare through increased patient access to vital medicines that are critical for sustainable development of the African continent,” Akoojee adds”
The alliance between UbiPharm and Imperial also aims to meet the growing demand from the healthcare industry for a global, secure and efficient continental solution in Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone Africa countries, in compliance with Good Distribution Practices (GDP).
Gérard Mangoua, Group CEO of UbiPharm, adds "UbiPharm is a socially responsible company that, for 30 years, has pursued the same mission: to promote access to health solutions in the regions where we operate, particularly French-speaking Africa. Our alliance with Imperial is aligned with our strategy, which is to continuously innovate in order to meet the changing needs of populations. This alliance will make it possible to strengthen access to health solutions on the African continent".
The synergies provided through this strategic alliance present Imperial and UbiPharm’s combined client base with a unique and unprecedented offering in terms of development, consolidation and access to new markets and territories.
Imperial is an African focused provider of integrated market access and logistics solutions. With a focus on the following key industries - healthcare, consumer, automotive, chemicals, industrial and commodities - we take our clients’ and principals’ products to some of the fastest growing and most challenging markets in the world. Ranked among the top tier global logistics providers and listed on the JSE in South Africa, we seek out and leverage new technology to deliver innovative, end-to-end solutions. Through our significant African footprint and international expertise, and with the support of our 25,000 people, Imperial’s purpose is to connect Africa and the world - and to improve people’s lives with access to quality products and services. For more information, visit www.imperiallogistics.com
About UbiPharm Group
Present in 15 African countries and 4 French Overseas Territories, UbiPharm repeatedly promotes access to health solutions. This supply chain expert integrates five businesses: wholesale distribution, distribution, logistics, promotion and depositary.
With an innovative customer-shareholder model and a high-performance and responsible distribution system, UbiPharm is proud to support healthcare players by creating close relationships that benefit everyone.
UbiPharm has, through its subsidiary PlanetPharma, a logistics platform based in France chosen by more than 100 healthcare companies to ensure their distribution to 24 countries on the African continent. PlanetPharma also offers a wide range of services focused on the Healthcare industry.
Health at hand, now.
For more information, visit www.ubipharm.com
On the eve of their 30th anniversary, the UbiPharm group is looking towards the future under a new identity, incarnating its contribution to the world of tomorrow, which is to facilitate access to health solutions in Africa and French territories overseas.
The Group's new ambitions, supported by its new identity, reside in its desire to be the human partner of the pharmaceutical sector, constantly innovating to transform the distribution and dispatching models of healthcare solutions.
Thanks to its presence in 19 countries, UbiPharm is committed to being the partner of reliability to assist institutions in their healthcare deployments and to make the African and the Overseas departments and regions of France economic fabric shine.
To tell the story of this transformation, it was necessary to imagine an identity that would allow the Group to address its partners around the world in a cohesive way, while affirming its presence across the entire value chain of the pharmaceutical industry.
UbiPharm's agility, leadership and human approach are reflected in a new brand signature: "Health at hand, now.". Representing the Group's original business and mission, expressing its ability to deliver healthcare solutions instantly to the populations of the countries in which it operates.
The new logo, inspired by the initials "UP", denotes the desire to constantly look towards the future and takes its origin from the shape of a heart and the medical cross of health. These symbols are the reﬂection of the Group's DNA and its values. It unites all UbiPharm employees and partners behind a unique and easily recognisable sign.
Discover this new identity directly on our website: ubipharm.com
Because healthcare cannot wait, it is our daily concern.
The UbiPharm group
On 8 March 2021, the world celebrated International Women's Rights Day. The official UN theme for this year was "Women's Leadership: Towards an Equal Future in the World".
The UbiPharm Group, a major player in the distribution chain of pharmaceutical products in French-speaking Black Africa and in the French overseas departments and territories, announces the departure of the Managing Director of UbiPharm Gabon, Mr. Mama THIAM. Mr. Osagyevo NGAKA will succeed him as of July 1, 2021.
Dr Osagyevo NGAKA, a pharmacist trained at the University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, joined the UbiPharm team 6 years ago as Operations Pharmacist, before becoming Commercial Pharmacist.
Dr Mama THIAM, who has been with the UbiPharm group for 15 years, was General Manager of UbiPharm Gabon since 2014. Dr THIAM is transferred and appointed General Manager of UbiPharm Senegal.
Dr Cheik Tedjani SIDIBE, who joined the company 20 years ago, was General Manager in Gabon in 2005, General Manager in Burkina Faso in 2014, and General Manager in Senegal since 2017. Mr SIDIBE will take up a new position in the Group by assuming the role of Deputy Director Africa.
The UbiPharm Group, UbiPharm Gabon and UbiPharm Senegal wish them all success in their new positions.
On Saturday 6 February 2021, a brainstorming session on the theme of "Customer Satisfaction" was held at UbiPharm Niger for all departments of the subsidiary. The President of the Board of Directors of UbiPharm Niger, Mrs Fatimata Zara BILKASSOUM, honoured the teams with her presence during the session.
On the 3rd of July, the inauguration of GADEPAM association's "Kaz garden" took place in Maison de l'Artisanat Traditionnel et des Produits Naturels in French Guiana. The project was materialized thanks to the support of the UbiPharm Foundation.
This traditional garden aims to enable the public, and especially children, to discover the plants from Guiana's biodiversity used in crafts and traditional medicine, as well as to acquire knowledge on the best use these Creole remedies. "Kaz's garden" will be open to the general public from September 2021.
In the past, the UbiPharm Foundation participated in the publication of two books on medicinal plants and donated a screening vehicle to an association working in health prevention in the region.