PPPs: The key to an innovation revolution in health in Africa

Dear Reader,

Africa Health Business at The Innovation Effect Africa conference, in Durban, South Africa, May 2 – May 3, 2017

PATH, an international nongovernmental organization, together with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, LeapFrog Investments, New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency, and the Wellcome Trust convened the conference to discuss health innovation and research capacity in Africa. Preceded by the World Economic Forum 2017, The Innovation Effect was attended by leaders across Africa, and the globe representing governments, the private sector, and the civil society.

Her Excellency Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of the Republic of Mauritius and an internationally renowed scientist delivered the keynote address. Also in attendance were Her Excellency Grace Naledi Pandor, the South African Minister of Science & Technology and Hon. Sarah Achieng Opendi, State Minister of Health for General Duties, Uganda.

Dr. Amit N. Thakker presents H.E. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of Mauritius with the official invitation for the 2nd annual Africa Health Business Symposium to be taking place in Dakar, Senegal during November, 2017

The meeting highlighted promising initiatives and aimed to foster new partnerships and drive investments that will strengthen Africa’s role as a major player in global health technology development and innovation. It included several calls to action by meeting participants to support African-led innovation coalitions and innovative funding platforms

 “If you don’t need to go to a shop to shop or bank to bank, must we go to a health facility to get health? We should ask, do we need more money for health, or more health for money?

PPPs are key game changers for an innovation revolution in Africa”, quoted Dr. Amit N. Thakker, Chairman, AHBL. Director General of the National Department of Health of South Africa, Precious Matsoso stated, “We need strategic, operational, and technical partnerships to see where to make investments.”

Panel discussion on Africa’s Innovation Revolution: identifying & powering the guiding lights, moderated by Dr. Amit N. Thakker, Chairman, AHBL

Panelists (L-R): Rosemary Miburu, Executive Director, WACI Health, Morena Makhoana, CEO, The Biovac Institute, Thomas Kariuki, Director, Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA)



Dutch Health Trade Delegation‪ co-hosted by Africa Health Business  and Kenya Healthcare Federation (KHF) in Nairobi, Kenya, April 19-21, 2017‬

A group of 20 Dutch companies came to Kenya to explore partnership opportunities with the private sector, County Government and Church-based organizations for improving efficiencies in the delivery of healthcare.

Several high energy and outcome focused sessions were organized - a Health Seminar, Round Table Discussions and Business Matchmaking sessions in addition to field visits to local public and private health facilities. 

KHF and AHBL in partnership facilitated the first day of the program for the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (RVO)

Discussion on the business of health in Kenya: Dr. Bernard MuiaCEC Health Nairobi County, Michael Macharia, Founder & CEO, Seven Seas Technology, Dr. Amit N. Thakker, Chairman, AHBL

The business delegation trip was a tremendous success in light of newly formed partnerships between the Dutch and Kenyan companies towards the mutual goal of improving health outcomes.


We are excited to continue on this journey to raise the African health sector to global standards through regional integration. The Africa Health Business Team is proud to announce the continued partnership with leading health players on the continent for this event- Linet, Fanem and IntraHealth. 

Linet, a European manufacturer of hospital and nursing beds, manufactures about 40,000 hospital beds per year, the firm is a leader in introducing innovative features and functions to cater difference market needs.

Fanem, a leading Brazilian company is a pioneer in the manufacturing of medical and laboratory equipment, including a neonatal product line. It is a leading distributor of medical equipment and consumables to the African healthcare market.

IntraHealth International is a leading US-based non-profit organization dedicated to working with developing countries to improve their public-health capabilities, with a focus on developing sustainable human resources for health, and increasing access to family planning.

Similarly, several leading corporates within Africa have joined in this significant effort to re-instate their role in the progress of the continent. This November, Captains of the Health Industry will unite again at AHBS II to strategize on “Transforming PPPs for Health in Africa”

We warmly welcome interested companies and organisations to explore partnership opportunities for AHBS II.

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Marloes Kibacha

Programme Director