ETHIOPIA – Haltons pharmacy, a retail pharmacy chain dispensing prescription and non-prescription pharmaceutical products has opened a branch in Addis Ababa, becoming the latest Kenyan entity to make entry into the neighboring country.
The pharma retailer has 27 stores across Kenya.
The Ethiopian store is located at Sarbet, a suburb in the capital Addis Ababa.
The entry also involves Belayab Pharmaceuticals, through a franchise agreement signed in March this year, 2021.
The new pharmacy in Ethiopia is intended to support expanded growth opportunities locally and in the region, the firms said in a statement.
Powered by mPharma’s proprietary Bloom technology, the new Haltons Pharmacy in Addis Ababa is expected to provide patients with access to affordable and quality medications, mPharma management notes.
The pharmacy will also launch mutti, mPharma’s health membership program, which provides loyal customers with discounts, free health screenings, and other primary care services.
“mPharma is deepening its long-standing commitment to Africa as a whole by increasing access to health care resources in the region. We continue to work with our retail partners to transform community pharmacies into primary care centers that provide value-added services,” said Naa Akwetey, Senior vice president, strategy and business development, at mPharma.
“We are optimistic about the future of healthcare for Ethiopians through this partnership with Belayab,” Akwetey added.
The opening of Haltons Pharmacies in Ethiopia is part of mPharma’s ongoing mission to build an Africa in good health by constantly shaping new health care methods to improve treatment standards for every African, it said.
Kenyan firms have been eying the most populous country in the region, with a population of more than 112 million people, with a major breakthrough being by telecommunication firm Safaricom, in July 2021.