PharmaConnect Africa Conference & Expo

PharmaConnect Africa Conference & Expo

Theme - Access to Essential Medicines for Africa

Conference Completed

Midrand Conference Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa



Main Sponsors


Sponsorship Opportunities

You can support the event by sponsoring according to a variety of sponsorship packages.  Sponsorship packages include advertising on the conference website, placement of marketing materials into delegate packs and exhibiting at the conference venue for maximum exposure. Exhibition stands will be available at the venue and exhibitors should contact us for their specific requirements.  All meals will be held in the exhibition hall to increase visibility and traffic to the exhibition stalls.  The conference therefore presents a unique opportunity to market your organization’s brand.
We have on offer:
1. Website advertising (including 2 months post-conference exposure) priced between R2,500 – R4,000, depending on the size and positioning of your company logo on the conference website.
2. Exhibition at the event on two levels i.e. Tier 1 (R45,000) and Tier 2 (R25,000) which will include exhibition space, distribution of marketing material and website advertising.
Please see our website for more information on the conference, the draft programme and other exciting updates.

SAHTAC - South African Health Technologies Advocacy Coalition
Pharmaply Distributors
Separations - Simply Spectacular
DST/NWU Preclinical Drug Development Platform
Science and Technology Department South Africa
Vector Life Sciences
EDNA - Medical Distributions

About This Conference

The World Health Organization (WHO) introduced the concept of essential medicines in 1977. Essential medicines are intended to be available within the context of functioning health systems at all times in adequate amounts, in the appropriate dosage forms, with assured quality, and at a price the individual and the community can afford. They are selected with due regard to public health relevance, evidence on efficacy and safety, and comparative cost-effectiveness. In Africa, many countries have adopted the Essential Medicines List concept and embraced the principles of rational use of medicines. However there are critical challenges which this 2 day conference and exposition will seek to address. The areas of focus of PharmaConnect Africa (PharmaConnect-A) 2017 will be local pharmaceutical manufacturing, offshore procurement and distribution, and the over-arching role of medicine regulation along the whole value chain.

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Themes and Topics

Themes and Topics to be covered will include:

Clinical trials in Africa

Some regulators have started to give priority reviews to essential medicines in registration. However this is not matched with priority approvals of clinical trials. How can the priority approval…

Regulatory Harmonization or Convergence?

Harmonization has long been talked about, but little progress seems to have been made in Africa because of factors including variable geometry, national sovereignty and language…

Education and training

There is very little emphasis in the current pharmacy curricula in pharmalogistics, supply chain management and the attendant regulatory framework and quality management systems. Can short training programmes be developed and how can they be…

Local manufacturing for
local needs

There has been de-industrialization in many African countries with global pharmaceutical companies retreating to global centres of excellence and the entry of Indian…

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This conference is open to all who have an interest in the pharmaceutical industry in Africa. It will be of particular value to stakeholders in the pharmaceutical industry (human and animal health) , government officials, regulatory authorities, health care workers, non-state actors (NGOs) and researchers.


  • Gain new knowledge and information pertaining to global best practices and advice that will help improve individual and business performance.
  • Regulatory updates from African Medicine Regulatory Authorities with regards to essential medicines
  • Networking opportunities for Peer-to-Peer and Business to Business Engagement