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Making Medicines in Africa: An Historical Political Economy Overview

Banda, G   Wangwe, S   Mackintosh, M

January 2016

in ‘Making Medicines in Africa: The Political Economy of Industrializing for Local Health’

Mackintosh, M, Banda, G, Tibandebage, P and Wamae, W (eds)

Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN 978-1-137-54646-3 (hardback)

This chapter sets out to show that, contrary to widespread misperception, pharmaceutical manufacturing in Sub-Saharan Africa is an established industry with a long history dating back at least to the 1930s.

Data for the industry on the subcontinent are fragmented and incomplete and this chapter contributes to building a coherent historical picture and evidence base. It presents some illustrative historical evidence, drawn from secondary data, reports and fieldwork by the authors and colleagues, as well as academic and non-academic literature.

We show that neither industrial capabilities in pharmaceuticals nor policy frameworks to support local pharmaceutical manufacture are a new phenomenon on the subcontinent.