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.