Safarmex was established in 1990 to assist clients in the Health Sector in procuring and distributing hospital and laboratory equipment and products. Safarmex has been operating within the Southern African Healthcare Industry directly through local branches, in strategic partnerships and joint ventures. Its initial focus was dealing exclusively with the respective Ministries of Health by providing products and synergistic services including training, skills development, logistics and management. Safarmex collaborated with various NGO’s and Institutions and the Health Ministries in launching and implementing successful healthcare programs and developing healthcare infrastructure in the Southern African region. Through its team of experienced and dedicated professionals, Safarmex is proud to be part of an effective and sustainable solution to the overall strengthening of the Southern African healthcare system. To ensure that client product needs are satisfied and service continuity is guaranteed, Safarmex has developed and owns certain brands including Ossotech (orthopaedic products), Germkill (disinfectants) and Saclin (surgical consumables), and has distributor arrangements with certain niche products – Quidel, Welcare, L-Mesitran, MedCu and Lohmann & Rauscher.
Today, Safarmex (Pty) Ltd, Safarmex Umoja (Pty) Ltd, Safarmex Africa (Pty) Ltd, Safarmex PPE (Pty) Ltd and its partners form “The Safarmex Group”. The Group offers healthcare solutions in Orthopaedic, Wound Care, Surgical Consumables, Hygiene and personal protective equipment throughout Sub-Saharan Africa.
Safarmex started in the IVD (in-vitro diagnostics) market establishing laboratories and corresponding services in Southern African countries. This included the supply of equipment and consumables, training and skills transfer and the maintenance of equipment to ensure the sustainability of these services. This ranged from simple POC (point of care) and or basic services in doctors rooms and primary care facilities to high volume automated, pathology services including molecular biology. Safarmex’ scope of services also diverged to fulfil its client’s requirements in orthopaedics, wound care and surgical consumables, maintaining training and skills development as its central pillars
All the while Safarmex back office grew and became specialised in the logistics and ensured that services and products were supplied when, where and as required by its partners and clients.
Safarmex has always sourced products that are suitable and adequate for Southern African requirements, ensuring that patient safety and product quality is not compromised. We have developed and branded our own products ensuring that these adhere to international standards and regulations, that they meet client requirements and cope with local conditions. The latest expression of this ethos is put into practice with the establishment of Safarmex PPE which manufactures all of its personal protective equipment in South Africa, playing a small part in bringing health security to the continent.