Ministry of Health and Social Action, Senegal confirms partnership for AHBS II: Transforming PPPs for Health in Africa.

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On 21st July 2017, the Ministry of Health and Social Action, Senegal hosted the team from Africa Health Business, ASPS/WAHF, USAID Shops Plus, and the World Bank at its offices. At this meeting, Prof. Ibrahima Seck, Director General of the Ministry of Health expressed his delight on hosting the 2nd edition of Africa Health Business Symposium (AHBS II) in Dakar from 6th -7th November, and confirmed the Ministry’s full support of the upcoming event. The meeting was concluded with the official signing of the MoU between West Africa Healthcare Federation and Africa Health Business.

Mr. Nishit Shah, Director of Africa Health Business Ltd. expressed, “This is an important collaboration between the private and public sector in Senegal and the symposium will aim at exploring solutions that strengthen ties between the health sectors in West Africa and other African countries."

President of the West Africa Healthcare Federation, Dr. Ardo Ba, added, “The private health sectors in the 15 countries of West Africa are making active efforts to form and institutionalize their country federations to enhance private healthcare sector activities, capabilities, and more. We’ve made progress, but much work remains, particularly around harmonizing the private healthcare sector across Africa and building collaborations with the public sector.”

Official signing of the MOU between WAHF/ASPS President Dr. Ardo Boubou Ba and AHBL Director Mr. Nishit Shah, witnessed by Dr. Isseu Toure (USAID SHOPS Plus), Prof. Ibrahima Seck (Director General, Ministry of Health Senegal ), Dr. Fadel Kane (Technical Advisor, Ministry of Health Senegal), Dr. Moussa Dieng (Partnerships Manager, World Bank) and Dr. Henriette Cecile Diop (Chief of Private Health Sector, Ministry of Health Senegal)


Partners Roundtable: Challenges in PPPs for Health in Africa

On 19th July, 2017, Africa Health Business hosted a Partners Roundtable in Dakar to solicit ideas and feedback on the upcoming AHBS II - themed “Challenges in PPPs for Health in Africa.” The roundtable, facilitated by Ms. Whitney Sogol (AHBL), was attended by various partners who shared insights on the different PPP models in West Africa. Partners discussed examples of public-private partnerships in West Africa and expressed a shared interest in exploring case studies of public-private partnership success stories and failures from across Africa. It is of vital importance to assess the reasons and lessons from such obsolete PPPs in order to develop more efficient models for potentially successful partnerships.

Some key questions that remain unanswered In regard to the involvement of development partners in the PPP cycle include:

• Will the design of the PPP programmes be followed and will there be periodic innovative improvements to strengthen these?

• Does the public sector guarantee full support of these PPPs, despite the changing roles in leadership?

Pictured L-R: Oulimata Diop (World Bank), Bocar Mamadou Daff (Ministry of Health), Henriette Cecile Ba (Ministry of Health), Ardo Ba (ASPS/WAHF), Melanie Joiner (IntraHealth), Babacar Gueye (IntraHealth), Nishit Shah (AHBL), Jim Malster (PSI West Africa), Abdou Kane (MedicMobile), Modibo Dicko (GAVI/IPM), Aminatou Sar (RHSC SECONAF), Papa Sylla (USAID SHOPS Plus)

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”

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