AHBS II: Transforming PPPs for Health in Africa

What next?: From Movement to Action

Africa Health Business Symposium has hit a new milestone this year – it was the first time that the continent was united in West Africa with public sector, private sector and development partner representatives from 51 countries across the globe! Moreover, this conference was a historic partnership effort between the Ministry of Health Senegal, the Private Health Federation of Senegal (FOASPS) and Africa Health Business Ltd., leading the path towards the joint objective of transforming the healthcare landscape in our continent.

New relationships were made and old ones renewed as members met in Dakar for the 3 days of fully charged events. The good news is that there is a willingness and demand for the state and non state partners in the healthcare ecosystem to come together to collectively take responsibility of meeting the healthcare challenges. Our diverse and dynamic group of speakers and panelists provided in-depth insight, as well as, actionable and practical tools of engagement models, methods and mechanisms.

L-R: Dr. Ardo Ba (President, FOASPS), Hon. Abdouliaye Diouf Sarr (Minister of Health & Social Action Senegal, Dr. Amit Thakker (Chairman, Africa Healthcare Federation)

Key outcomes of AHBSII–

  • Establishment of an honest and true dialogue between Ministries of Health that were present and the private sector stakeholders
  • Setting a common ground: all parties agreed that Public Private Partnerships are non-negotiable in achieving healthcare goals in the continent
  • Leadership: all stakeholders agreed to take responsibility in driving towards effective partnerships for tangible positive impact in healthcare outcomes
  • Accountability: we will be tracking the progress on impact and improved health outcomes. This progress will be presented at AHBS III

The lesson is clear – to have the biggest impact in healthcare, we must work together.

It was an absolute pleasure to host you at AHBS II. We sincerely thank you for your continued support and active participation in our initiative. We hope to see you in South Africa for the 3rd Africa Health Business Symposium next October!

L-R: Clare Omatseye (FOASPS), Zola Mtshiya (Board of Healthcare Funders), Magriet Raxworthy (Nutricia) and Dr. Ardo Ba (FOASPS) during the AHBS handover ceremony.

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