Africa Healthcare Federation launched at AHBS

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On October 5th to 7th, 2016, Nairobi hosted the inaugural Africa Health Business Symposium (AHBS) at Safari Park Hotel and was attended by 380 delegates from over 35 countries across the globe.

Hon. Dr. Cleopa Mailu, the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Kenya officially opened the event after a VIP address delivered by H.E. Dr. Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, the Commissioner of Social Services of the African Union.

The Minister’s panel was facilitated by Dr. Amit N. Thakker, Chairman of Africa Health Business which comprised of Hon. Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, Minister of Health, Uganda, Hon. Dr. Bernard Haufiku, Minister of Health, Namibia and Hon. Dr. David Parirenyatwa, Minister of Health, Zimbabwe. This engaging session focused on the need for synergies between the public and private health sectors, as well as on ways the private sector can support public sector challenges. 

Opening of the Inaugural AHBS

[L-R]: Dr. Amit N. Thakker, Hon. Dr. Bernard Haufiku, H.E.Dr. Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, Hon. Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, Hon. Dr. Cleopa Mailu, Hon. Dr. David Parirenyatwa, and Kartik Jayaram

On the following day, delegates were addressed through a video recording by Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and the Candidate for Director General of the World Health Organization. The subsequent keynote addresses were delivered by Mr. Dennis Awori, Chairman of Kenya Private Sector Alliance, and Mr. Siddharth Chatterjee, UN Resident Coordinator.

The symposium under the theme “Growing the Business of Health in Africa”, focused on the 5 key game changers that have been identified as driving forces in improving healthcare outcomes across the continent which will in turn stimulate the healthcare business industry and the overall African economy. The key game changers include:

Cutting across these five key areas, lies the critical subject of Policy and Regulation: Regional Harmonisation of synergies which have a substantial impact on the game changers. Speakers at the event included senior level delegates from a wide range of organizations- both public as well as private such as McKinsey & Co., National Health Insurance Authority (Ghana), PharmAccess Foundation, Philips USAID, UNFPA, Microsoft / Access Mobile, IBM Research, FioCorp, GE Healthcare, Jhpiego, Amref Health Africa, KEPSA, World Health Organization, Bayer Healthcare amongst many others.

Africa Health Business extends its sincere gratitude towards its key partners - McKinsey & Co., PharmAccess Foundation, Philips, Safaricom, Linet, Jhpiego, MSD, GE, IntraHealth International, Crowe Howarth, FioCorp Merck for Mothers, USAID ShopsPlus, PSI, Bayer E.A., AAPC, Amref Health Africa, LeapFrog Investments, IMS Health for their unwavering support and input.

On the Final Day before the closure of the first Symposium the Guest Ministers, VIPs and delegates were witness to a historic moment during which healthcare leaders from all 5 regions of Africa – the Northern, Southern, Central, Western and Eastern joined hands to pledge their commitment towards a joint entity that unites the regional private health sectors of Africa, the Africa Healthcare Federation (AHF). A Communique that reiterated their leadership role towards the development of AHF was signed, and the Africa Health Federation logo was unveiled. With this, AHBS marked the official launch of the Africa Healthcare Federation which will advocate, mentor, collaborate and unify the private health sector of Africa so as to ensure the scaling up and strengthening of health systems, spurring greater investments as well as development of affordable, accessible and quality healthcare delivery across the continent, thereby rising Africa to global standards.

Launch of the Africa Health Federation as healthcare leaders from the 5 regions of Africa unite to pledge their commitment by signing of a communiqué.

[L-R] Dr. Ramesh Bholla (Southern Africa), Dr. Ardo Boubou Ba (Western Africa), Dr. Amit N. Thakker (Chairman, AHF and Africa Health Business), H.E. Dr. Mustapha Siddiqi Kaloko (Commissioner of Social Services, African Union), Dr. Ian Clarke (Eastern Africa), Dr. Jean Daniel Ovaga (Central Africa), Dr. Hatem El Gabaly (Northern Africa)

This symposium indeed proved to be a platform for intra-regional discussion and was well represented by partners from the public health sector, private health sector as well as development partners providing for an all-inclusive dialogue, as well as strengthening of public-private partnerships. In collaboration with all the key players, it was decided that AHBS 2017 will take place in Dakar, Senegal in the Western region of Africa. 

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