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The Africa Health Business has been busy engaging in regional and continental activities. Here is a glimpse of what we've been upto.

Symposium of Private Health Sector Platforms

(Cotonou 2019)

Following AHBS III in Johannesburg, South Africa on “Achieving UHC in Africa: Stronger Together!” through PSSP Benin, the country was selected to host the 1st West Africa Healthcare Federation (FOASPS) with the participation of other platforms from within the region and the continent. The meeting in Cotonou under the theme: Accelerating Universal Health Coverage through Private Sector for Africa’s Development focused on contribution through public-private dialogue to the establishment of effective universal health coverage involving the private sector in Africa.
Pictured(L-R): Dr. Joseph Bougifo , Mrs. Clare Omatseye and Dr. Lucien Dossou-Gbete, the incoming leadership of FOASPS at the General Assembly of Federations.
Along the sidelines of the conference the West Africa Private Healthcare Federation held its 1st General Assembly where a new board was elected. The incoming board of the federation will be led by Mrs. Clare Omatseye who was nominated as the President, with support from Dr. Lucien Dossou-Gbete of Benin as the 1st Vice President and Dr. Joseph Bougifo of Ivory Coast as the 2nd Vice President. Dr. Ardo Boubou Ba, former President of FOASPS was appointed as a special advisor to the board.

Launch: Healthcare Federation of South Africa

L-R Prof. Khama Rogo (World Bank), Dr. Amit N. Thakker (AHF), Dr. Evelyn Rotich (CEC Health Kenya), Dr. Precious Matsoso (Dept. of Health South Africa), Ms. Zola Mtshiya (BHF), Prof. Morgan Chetty (IPAF) and Dr. Katlego Mothudi (BHF) during the launch of HFSA
21st July 2019 marked a historic day for the private healthcare sector of South Africa at the Cape Town International Conference Centre. Under the hospice of the Dr. Precious Matsoso (Director General, Department of Health South Africa), Dr. Amit N. Thakker (President, Africa Healthcare Federation) and the leadership of Prof. Morgan Chetty (Chairman, IPAF), healthcare leaders convened for the launch of the Healthcare Federation of South Africa (HFSA).

“It is time to recognise the critical role the private-sector providers and other actors can and must play,” said Dr. Matsoso. “The private healthcare federation is a formalised platform of all health-care stakeholders to facilitate public-private dialogue and this must be a partnership and not a private solution to a public problem,” she said.

Dr. Amit Thakker, President of Africa Healthcare Federation and Chair of Kenyan Healthcare Federation emphasised how the unified voice has helped build trust between the government and private sector through continuous public private dialogue at the regularly held County Stakeholder Forums (CSF), Ministerial Stakeholder Forums (MSF) and the bi-annual Presidential Round Tables (PRT). This has helped to better map the increasing role of the private health sector as well as spur healthcare investments in the country.

Capacity Building: Liberia Healthcare Federation

In Liberia, private providers constitute to almost half of the health facilities in the country; however, not much else is known about the private health sector at large. While there are some clusters of organisations that have a set of health facilities (e.g. faith-based organisations), the private health sector in
Liberia is generally siloed, uncoordinated, and thus does not have a single voice to work with the public sector.
The Africa Health Business team alongside Palladium Group are coordinating a private sector assessment with the objective of defragmenting the private health sector and creating a unified body to engage with the Ministry of Health Liberia in Public Private Dialogue to improve coordination of health services across the country.


Don't forget to mark 7-9 October 2019 in your diaries for the largest Pan-African Health Business Conference!

AHBS IV will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in October 2019 under the banner Integrating Africa: Bridging the Health Gap” with focus on exploring the role of the private health sector to bridge the gap towards achieving UHC with emphasis on:
Robust frameworks, policies and governance for private sector engagement
Integration of the private sector to address the human resource challenges
Public-private partnerships focusing on the continent’s top health priorities
This event will host African Ministers of Health and Ministry of Health Officials, Development Partners and Donor Communities alongside Private Sector Corporates and Champions to advance the health agenda in Africa and collaborate towards achieving the Africa Health Strategy.

Interested in partnering for the event? Click here to contact us for AHBS IV partnership opportunities.

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