AHBS I: 6th - 7th October 2016, Nairobi, Kenya
The inaugural Africa Health Business Symposium under the theme of: “Growing the Business of Health in Africa was linked to the 5 key “Game Changers” in Health in Africa: Healthcare Financing, Human Resource for Health, Fostering Investments, Supplychain Management and Digital Technologies.
The Symposium in Numbers
Transforming PPPs for Health in Africa
Dr. Cleopa Mailu,former Minister of Health, Kenya, noted that Kenya had set the pace in public-private dialogue through Minister Stakeholder Forums (MSF)which allows an open and frank dialogue between the Ministry of Health and the unified private health sector in Kenya (Kenya Healthcare Federation). He pointed out that the government’s impact had been tremendously augmented by the wider private sector. Hence, was convinced that AHBS will not only generate issues but also discover solutions and deepen public private sector engagement in health and pursue these very social sector concerns while doing business in health more responsibly.
Growing the Business of Health in Africa
The countries in the regions that share cultures, traditions and challenges have federated to jointly combat the high burden of disease within it’s own boundaries by sharing knowledge and resources to improve overall health for its citizens.
Ideas from Healthcare Leaders
The day I will celebrate will be the day that African heads of state can seek healthcare in their own countries.
The private sector must play their role, as it has tremendous potential. In Uganda, PPPs have provided funding for faith-based organisations who operate existing clinics rather than building new clinics. This has dramatically improved the health of the populations they serve.
Unless we can move goods between African countries, we cannot optimize our potential and will continue to be dependent on other countries and continents.