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‘If the people of Africa don’t have access to affordable healthcare, there’s no point in promoting a broader development agenda on the continent’…wise words from a delegate at a recent conference on Africa’s future. In this story, IT’S AFRICA’S TIME travels to Angola to explore how the private sector can do great business while transforming the healthcare landscape of a nation through the sustainable provision of affordable medicines.

Shalina Healthcare is a producer of high quality, generic World Health Organisation accredited affordable medicines. Currently manufacturing in India, their distribution outlets In Africa include Congo and Angola, with plans to manufacture in-country in the near future. Their business model and impact is centered on the sustainable availability of high quality affordable medicines delivered to hospitals, clinics, pharmacies and NGOs through an expanding network of locally based depots.

In Angola, where our story is based, much still needs to be done to rebuild a medical infrastructure and to supply much needed, non-counterfeit, affordable medicines to its people. So how is Shalina Healthcare a part of this picture and how is it helping to expand a robust, compliant, responsible healthcare and pharmaceutical industry in that country?

Join us as we meet a leading Angolan doctor and medical thought leader, a young mother, a nun at a mission clinic, a Shalina employee and Shalina executives to see how WHO standard affordable medicines are impacting each of their lives, the communities around them and the country as a whole.


  • Abbas Virji, Co-CEO of Shalina Healthcare, serves customers at one of the Shalina depots in Luanda, Angola 2
  • Angolan Duarte da Conceicao, Shalina Marketing Representative, who has climbed the ranks of the company over the past 13 years 1
  • Baby at Santa Maria Clinic in Luanda
  • Brother and sister team, Abbas and Shalina Virji, Co-CEOs of Shalina Healthcare, a company based in Dubai and Africa 1
  • Brother and sister team, Abbas and Shalina Virji, Co-CEOs of Shalina Healthcare, check stock at one of their Luanda depots
  • Cameraman, Jasyn Howes, with translator, Stela Soares (2)
  • Dr Matuba Felipe (L), with show host, Lisa Chait, and a Shalina Healthcare representative at Josina Machel Public Hospital, Luanda
  • Expectant mother waiting for a checkup at Santa Maria Clinic in Luanda
  • Filming at a Shalina Healthcare depot in Lunada
  • Mom administers affordable medicines to a child in one of the poorer areas of Luanda 2
  • Mom and child at the Santa Maria Infant and Maternal Health Clinic in Luanda 2
  • Mom and child featured in our film, Luanda, Angola 1
  • Moms queue up for free treatment at Santa Maria free clinic in Luanda
  • Mothers waiting for checkups and medicines at Santa Maria Clinic in Luanda 1
  • Professor Matuba Felipe with wife and grandchildren at his home in Luanda
  • Shalina depot employee, Luanda




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Shalina and Affordable Medicines
Shalina Healthcare, a pharmaceutical company focused on Africa, produces high quality, generic, affordable WHO accredited medicines. The affordable medicines Shalina supplies to hospitals, clinics and pharmacies reach 90% of Angola, reaching those who need the medicines the most.
Shalina and The Santa Maria Mother and Child Centre
Shalina Healthcare supplies affordable medicines to health facilities across Angola, like the Santa Maria Mother and Child Centre in Luanda.
Shalina and The Josina Machel Hospital
Access to affordable medicine has always been a challenge in Angola. Shalina Healthcare helps address this need, supplying WHO approved medicines to Luanda's Josina Machel Hospital.