AHBS II: Transforming PPPs for Health in Africa

Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) have emerged over the last decade as one of the best ways to foster development, fueled by insufficient investment, growing pressures on government budgets and a general concern about service provision by state enterprises and agencies.

For more PPPs to emerge in Africa, countries need to improve the business environment. At present serious constraints exist in many countries. These constraints are: inadequate legal and regulatory framework for PPPs; lack of technical skills to manage PPP programs and projects; unfavorable investor perception of country risk, Africa’s limited role in global trade and investment, small market size, limited infrastructure and limited financial markets.

The benefits of PPPs are plentiful, especially when it comes to powering growth within sub-Saharan Africa. They spur investment in human development and help secure basic utility services. In the South African example, PPPs present opportunities for professional development of project staff, encouraging knowledge and skills enhancement. Besides this vocational empowerment, PPPs serve the public’s interests by spurring capacity-building efforts and creating a sound environment for the vital build-up of strategic infrastructure. These benefits for a diverse group of stakeholders go hand-in-hand with the transfer of risk, both financial and operational.

Governments everywhere are grappling with rising healthcare costs and increased demand for healthcare services in the face of ongoing budget constraints. Healthcare providers must find innovative ways to generate revenue and these include PPP arrangements in Health.  African governments struggle to stretch their healthcare funding and produce better results and are increasingly turning to PPPs with the private sector.

There are four key factors driving governments worldwide to use the PPP model for health sector improvements:

  • Desire to improve operation of public health services and facilities and to expand access to higher quality services
  • Opportunity to leverage private investment for the bene t of public services
  • Desire to formalize arrangements with non-profit partners who deliver an important share of public services
  • More potential partners for governments as private healthcare sector matures

The potential benefits of public funding and private delivery of health facilities and services are well-known, but the path from publicly-run hospitals to publicly- funded and privately-provided hospital services is not so well- known and can be challenging. There are different PPP arrangements in health that can be implemented, including the construction of health facilities, outsourcing non-clinical services including catering and cleaning services, as well as arrangements with private laboratories for the provision of capital intensive equipment or the outsourcing of the day to day hospital management to the private sector, among others.

The larger regional African health institutions, such as the West African Health Organization (WAHO) acknowledge that PPPs must be mutually beneficial and that the private sector entities must also have their objectives of achieving the goals the organization has set for itself.

With this backdrop, the second edition of the Africa Health Business Symposium (AHBS) will be a key platform to discuss “Transforming PPPs for Health in Africa”.

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Ministers & VIPs

Dr Idi Illiassou Maïnassara

Minister of Public Health, Niger

Dr. Mpoki Ulisubisya

Permanent Secretary of Health, Ministry of Health Tanzania

Dr. Arlindo Nascimento do Rosario

Minister of Health, Cape Verde

Dr. Saffie Lowe Ceesay

Minister of Health & Social Welfare, The Gambia

Mr. Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr

Minister of Health and Social Action, Senegal

Dr. Alassane SEIDOU

Minister of Health, Benin

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Director General, World Health Organisation (* video address)

Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng

Minister of Health, Uganda


Bertrand Chane-Sam

Head French West Africa Cluster - Sandoz

Potougnima Tchamdja

Ministry of Health, Togo

Ghada El Ganzouri

Director, HCP

Akram Bouchenaki

Access Operations & Emerging Markets, Gilead.

Amadou Diagne

Strategic Planning, Gilead Sciences, Inc.

Susan Ross

Sr. Private Sector Partnership Advisor at USAID/Global Health Bureau

Natalie Africa

Senior Director for Private Sector Engagement, EWEC

Peter Kamunyo

Director, Kenya Healthcare Federation

Dr. Deo Nshimirimana

Director, Immunization & Vaccine Development Cluster - ‎World Health Organization

Morgan Chetty

Chairman, IPA Foundation

Jorge Matine

Researcher and Public Finance Unit Coordinator, CIP

Hocine Mahdi

General Manager of North and French West Africa, Quintiles IMS

Gitau Kinyua

Digital Leader - Africa, GE Healthcare

Papa Gagny Sylla

Operations Manager, USAID SHOPS Plus

A. Draman Touray

Founder & CEO, VoLo

Marie-Goretti Harakeye

Head of Division, HIV and AIDS, TB, Malaria and other infectious diseases, African Union

Faheen Allibhoy

Principal Investment Officer, IFC

Dr. David Luu

Founder & President, The Heart Fund

Oumy Kalsoum NDIAYE NDAO

Supply Chain Specialist, IntraHealth

Zelealem Fesseha

Chairlady, EAHF

Jean Ovaga

President, ASPS Congo Brazzaville

Dr. Lloyd Matowe

Program Director, USAID West Africa

Dr. Data Santorino

Uganda Country Manager, CAMTech Uganda

Prof. Suerie Moon

Director of Research, Global Health Centre

Laura Hoemeke

Director of Communications and Advocacy, IntraHealth International

Dr. Julius Muia

Director General, Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat

Dr. Sylla Thiam

Regional Director, West Africa Hub, Amref Health Africa

Laura Herman

Managing Director, FSG

Dr. Ann Aerts

Head, Novartis Foundation

Jiri Plecity

Managing Directos, Linet MEA

Florence Gaudry-Perkins

CEO, Digital Health Partnerships

James Coughlan

Loaned Executive, The UPS Foundation

Steve Justus

Chief Medical Officer, Touch Foundation

Mr. Samba Bathily

Founder, Africa Development Solutions

Soraya Ramoul

Director, Changing Diabetes, Novo Nordisk

Belinda Ngongo

Senior Technical Advisor, Medtronic Foundation

Dr. George Uduku

Business Development Manager, Philips Healthcare West Africa

Fayelle Ouane

Head Novartis Social Business, West & Central Africa

Dr. Egbe Osifo-Dawodu

Founding Partner, Anadach Group

Dr. Ademola Olajide

Representative, UNFPA Kenya

Dr. Evi Jean Bedel

Regional Supply Chain Strengthening Advisor at Chemonics International

Mrs. Diane Jegam

Deputy Director, AFD Dakar

Mrs. Dorien Mulder

Investment Manager Medical Credit Fund, PharmAccess Group

Mr. Pape Gaye

President & CEO, IntraHealth International

Dr. Virsay Sirleaf Jr

CEO, Snapper Hill Clinic

Mrs. Caroline Quijada

Principal Associate, Abt Associates

Dr. Isseu Toure

Chief of Party, SHOPS Plus Senegal

Mr. Adama Kane

CEO & Founder, Jokko $ante

Dr. Neil P. Sheth

Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery, Pennsylvania Hospital

Mr. Farid Fezoua

President & CEO, GE Healthcare Africa

Mr. Amit Sadana

Advisor, Quintiles IMS

Dr. Ardo Boubou Bâ

President, West Africa Healthcare Federation

Mrs. Clare Omatseye

Vice President, West Africa Healthcare Federation

Dr. Ian Clarke

Director, East Africa Healthcare Federation

Dr. Amit N. Thakker

Chairman, Kenya Healthcare Federation


Healthcare demands in Africa are changing. Africa’s healthcare systems are at a turning point and the reforms that governments undertake over the next decade will be crucial in improving overall health in the continent.

A growing urban middle class is willing to pay for better treatment has opened the door to the private sector, which is starting to play a new vibrant role, often working in partnership with donors and governments to provide better healthcare facilities and increased access to medicine at an affordable price.Substantial investment will be needed to meet the growing demand – largely from low and middle-income households, which comprise 70% of Africa’s purchasing power.

The AHBS program covers the 5 key game changers identified that largely impact the healthcare industry across the continent:



Towards Universal Health Coverage

Human Resources

for Health

No Health Without A Workforce



Through Public Private Partnerships

Supply Chain


Strengthening Accessibility and Efficiency



Disruptive Innovations in Healthcare

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