Sanofi has opened a new logistics hub in Casablanca, Morocco. The new logistics hub represents an investment of EUR 20 million. It will become the largest distribution centre for Sanofiâs pharmaceutical products on the African continent.
The new Sanofi distribution centre in Ain SebÃ¢a, Casablanca, covers an area of nearly 12,000 sq m and has a capacity for 14,500 pallets. It handles 1,300 product references produced by the Moroccan subsidiary, both exported to sub-Saharan Africa and destined for the Moroccan and import market.
In addition Sanofi-Aventis Maroc, Sanofi-Aventis Group, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and New Technologies and the Ministry of Health of the Kingdom of Morocco also signed three collaboration agreements, as follows.
The agreement entered into between Sanofi-Aventis Maroc and the Ministry of Health, signed for a period of three years, will be devoted to Type I diabetes, with the aim of developing standard care protocols for children and adolescents with diabetes. This will involve the introduction of a standardised therapeutic education programme, upgrading the 11 existing centres for paediatric diabetology consultation, creating two new centres in Oujda and Agadir, and training health professionals and paramedical staff to take care of children and adolescents with diabetes.
The collaboration agreement entered into between Sanofi-Aventis Group (in particular the access to medicines department), Sanofi-Aventis Maroc and the Ministry of Health, for a term of five years, will be devoted to psychological disorders and epilepsy. The aim is to reinforce care facilities for people with these diseases in Morocco by training 40 psychiatrists, 40 neurologists, 160 general practitioners and 160 nurses, and raising awareness about these conditions among the Moroccan people.
Under the third agreement entered into between Sanofi-Aventis Maroc, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and New Technologies and the Ministry of Health, Sanofi-Aventis Maroc will contribute to the National Contract Program which outlines a general framework for the development of the Moroccan pharmaceutical industry. Sanofi-Aventis Maroc will provide with the training of agents, technicians and managers working in the Ministry of Health in connection with careers in the pharmaceutical industry and more specifically with respect to best distribution practices, health, safety and the environment, and supply chain.