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Established in 1996 by Dr Vikram Naik, the global Avacare Health Group is one of the largest suppliers of pharmaceuticals and medical devices in South Africa and throughout the African continent.


Founded in 1996, we envisioned a healthier Africa. Today, true to that vision, we are an established, trusted healthcare brand, delivering outstanding results, year after year to Africa and beyond.

We prioritise the education and development of our employees and people across the continent. This is the bedrock on which healthcare is built.


Avacare Health Group is a multinational healthcare company operating in 20 African countries, the Middle East, Asia, the US, Canada and Australia. Employing over 1,500+ employees globally across 20 pharmaceutical and medical brands and manufacturing over 9,000+ medical products.

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Consumables
  • Devices
  • Diagnostics
  • Health Supplements
  • Women’s Health
  • Education
  • Manufacturing
  • Mental
  • Opthalmology
  • Renal
  • Research & Development

Our promise

To help you minimise your procurement costs and maximise value for money by leveraging the power of our global R&D, manufacturing and supply network.


Raj is the Managing Director for Avacare ANZ.

Raj has 17 years of experience in operating businesses in both Australia and NZ, holding various leadership roles.

At Avacare Australia, he is responsible for launching various portfolios of Avacare products to the Australian and NZ markets and acquiring medical related businesses, aligning with Avacare’s strategic goal to expand its distribution networks within the Australian and NZ markets.

Avacare Australia has already acquired Vitramed, a specialist distributor of gastrointestinal medical devices and accessories, leveraging Vitramed’s distribution networks in Sydney and Queensland. Raj is now looking at many other opportunities nationwide.

As a father and husband living in Perth, his focus for Avacare Australia is to introduce quality medical and products & equipment to the Australian market.



Dr Vikramkumar Naik is the founder and current Group Executive Chairman of the Avacare Health Group. Dr Naik formed the progenitor of the Avacare Health Group in 1996.

His goal to supply the continent affordable, high-quality medical goods and services has allowed for the growth of the Avacare Health Group to what it is today. With over 30 years of experience, Dr Naik brings deep expertise to the African pharma space.

Dr Naik’s leadership continues to take the Avacare Health Group to new heights.

An anaesthesiologist by profession, Dr Vikramkumar Naik started his career at the coalface, working in severely under-resourced African hospitals. His experiences there motivated his ambitious but strategic vision for a healthier continent.

It was clear that Africa required high-quality but affordable medical goods and services. Since then, he’s dedicated his life to achieving that goal.

His approachable leadership style continues to bring people together, which, in turn, fosters more leaders to pass on his unifying ethos. Thanks to Dr Naik, our visionary leaders and the commitment of our staff and partners, we turn ideas into results, translate dreams into reality and transform challenges into success.



André Meyer is the CEO of the Avacare Health Group. Appointed in July 2021, he brings with him a richness of knowledge, expertise and experience in the healthcare industry.

André’s experience in healthcare began in 1996, when he was appointed as Managing Director at Alexander Forbes Healthcare Consultants and Actuaries, where he served for six years, building this business into the largest healthcare consultancy in South Africa.

In 2002, he moved to Medscheme Holdings as CEO where he spent over a decade, where he was responsible for turning the company around and then guiding the growth strategy to become South Africa’s largest medical scheme administrator and managed care provider measured by the number of lives under administration. Following the successful turnaround André received the CRF ‘South African Leading Managers’ award in 2007.

This was followed by an appointment as Group CEO at Life Healthcare in 2013 where he was responsible for delivering the Group’s international expansion and diversification strategy.

In 2017 André founded and was the Director of Invenico Health, focussed on bringing new technologies and innovative business ideas to the healthcare sector with the aim of broadening access to healthcare delivery.

André holds various board appointments of companies in the healthcare sector.


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