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In our ongoing quest to ensure that millions of people in Africa live healthier and happier lives, education about malaria is more critical than ever, especially as we focus our attention on the globally driven World Malaria Day.

Malaria kills millions of people every year. Sadly, Africa, is the worst affected area in the world. We continued our decade-long focus on medical outreach camps: educating, screening, diagnosing, and providing free medication. With World Malaria Day on 25 April, we used this opportunity to ramp up efforts to spread awareness about malaria, in terms of both prevention and treatment.

Our combined efforts to commemorate World Malaria Day were run across all African regions, including a multi-channel live webinar with eminent doctors, in-store promotions, participation in regional health fairs and the sharing of helpful videos on our social media.

In less than a week, we touched the lives of nearly 10,000 people on-the-ground, and with continued innovative efforts and active participation in all communities, we are more determined than ever to Knock out Malaria!

Interschools General Knowledge Knockout

We are steamrolling ahead with our continued campaigns in schools throughout Africa. The latest in our exciting initiatives is the Germol Inter-School Competition, pitting great young minds against each other on General Knowledge, Current Affairs and Personal Hygiene.

Co-hosted with RTNC Channel, the hugely popular TV and radio broadcaster, we brought together 1000 students from the Tshopo region, DRC. In a two-week round-robin challenge, the final showdown on 10 April saw College Pere Mando coming out tops.

By affecting learning and health education in fun and engaging ways, we reach more of the population and cement that learning from a young age. Plans are underway to grow this event to a national level, with hopes to partner again with RTNC and many more thousands of children.

Brand New Kalemie Depot in the DRC

The province of Tanganuika in the DRC faces a challenge common to many provinces throughout the country. Variety and supply of products targeting common diseases are either unavailable or require patients to travel long distances for treatment. This is where we are focused on solving these accessibility challenges, most recently by opening our new depot in the popular main market area of Kalemie.

In an effort to overcome historical difficulties, the DRC has always been a key focus for us, and the Kalemie depot is another landmark, which brings our number of depots to 21 in the country and 6 in DRC east alone. Not only does this provide high quality, affordable medicine to the entire province of Tanganuika, but it also serves neighboring countries like Burundi, Tanzania and Zambia.

The brand new store was proudly opened on the 9th of February 2022 amid much excitement and in the presence of political authorities, regulatory bodies, and representatives of other leading pharmacies in the region, including Mr Gideon Kakudji Kalama, the city mayor.

We see these new stores as legacy builders, not only fulfilling our core value of expanding access to new customers and regions, but steadily creating local employment and opportunities in all the areas where we operate.

Broda Shaggi Entertains Us at Head Office

We started an exciting journey in 2019, collaborating with Broda Shaggi – a multi-talented entertainer, comedian and producer – to become our brand ambassador for Shal’Artem in Nigeria. Fast forward to present day 2022 where we finally played host to Broda Shaggi, along with our CEO, at our head office in Dubai.

Malaria is a disease that is rife in Africa, with Nigeria being particularly hard hit, and it is a challenge we all take very seriously.

It was an exhilarating and engaging day for all involved. In discussions, our CEO was impressed with Broda Shaggi’s ability to make the serious topic of malaria relevant and accessible to different people from all walks of life.

The groundswell campaign – involving dance challenges – has exploded in the last year, with tens of millions of ordinary Nigerians playing their role to ramp up awareness in the fight against Malaria.

National Grand Finale of the Inaugural Shalina Rising Stars Award

he National Grand Finale of the Shalina Rising Stars Award took place on 29 March 2022. It was a full house of senior consultants, dignitaries, and resident doctors whom all added shine to the glamorous occasion.

Visibly excited, Dr. Adebayo Olaolu narrowly came out tops amongst 60 entries in 36 institutions, to become the first-ever Shalina Rising Stars Award winner.

This event is a trailblazer, that has opened partnerships with resident doctors across Nigeria, ensuring a legacy of health learning and health participation throughout the region. The Shalina Rising Stars Award is a value-added initiative to develop and impact healthcare delivery, ensuring quality and affordable healthcare in Africa for decades to come. We are excited for Season 2!

CVD Grand Launch

We recently hosted the finest doctors at the CVD (cardiovascular disease) Grand Launch, including professors and heads of department from the top hospitals in Nigeria and West Africa.

Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are often called “silent killers” because heart attacks and strokes are a common first warning sign of an underlying disease. High blood pressure is the most frequent and most important risk factor for CVDs. According to the World Health Organization, its prevalence is estimated to be about 20 million in the African Region. These risk factors are dramatically increasing in low-and middle-income African countries, particularly in urban areas. It was therefore a great honor and privilege to unveil both Roshal and Teleshal, further cementing our commitment to fighting cardiovascular disease.

Over one hundred delegates gathered at Lagos Waterfront for an unforgettable night of learning and celebration. Our medical colleagues presented two powerful lectures on Teleshal and Rosuvastatin, and their respective uses in the treatment of cardiovascular disease.

The launch culminated in a glorious fireworks display, a metaphorical highlight of our continued dedication to making quality healthcare products affordable and available across Africa.

Grand Winners Emerge in the Shalina Young Talents Awards (SYTA) Season 3.0

The National Grand Finale of the Shalina Young Talents Awards (SYTA) Season 3.0 was a successful Quest for the Best Pharmacy Brain in Nigeria, which started in August.

The winners have emerged after a keenly contested competition amongst the final-year pharmacy students in universities across Nigeria. The grand event took place in Lagos recently, where Ms Zakariya Farida of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; Oyenyi Adedoyin Emmanuel of the University of Lagos; and Ms. Okafor Cynthia Chidera of the University of Ibadan, Oyo State emerged the grand winner, the first runner up and second runner up respectively.

The event was a significant point of contact with the entire structure of the Pharmacy profession in Nigeria by Shalina Healthcare.

SYTA is a value-added initiative designed to bring the best out of pharmacy students in Nigeria.

Pharm Gbenga Falabi, the National Secretary of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria

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