The Africa Health Business Symposium (AHBS), curated by Africa Health Business (AHB), is a Pan-African conference that sits at the heart of the African healthcare scene. Over the last four years AHBS has emerged as Africa’s largest health business event. This year, AHBS will bring together some of the most influential public and business leaders and key stakeholders in the development sector for a series of webinars themed “Partnerships for COVID-19 in Africa”. As Africa adapts to a new normal, partnerships in over-stretched health systems will continue to play an important role. The AHBS webinar series will consist of five sessions in July and August discussing key areas that are at the centre of change :
1st Webinar Series Reports
1st High Level Roundtable – 15th July 2020
There are so many variables, and it’s difficult to predict outcomes, but protecting lives and mitigating negative impacts on the continent is a priority for every government, ministries of health, global health leaders, and health institutions. At this roundtable session we are proud to host partners from both public and private sectors to provide information on how we can be united in combatting our common enemy, COVID-19.
Digital Health – 17th July 2020
Since the turn of the century, the continent has witnessed a rising number of private investments in digital health and innovation with a huge potential for scaling up to deliver greater impact. The current pandemic underscores the importance of technology. This can curb the spread of the disease where both the public and private sector through collaboration can improve healthcare by leveraging innovations in digital health.
Manufacturing & Supply Chain – 24th July 2020
COVID-19 has resulted in unprecedented disruption of global and local supply chains and manufacturing, causing interruptions in the supply of both pharma and medical supplies. The current pandemic presents us with an opportunity to reflect and reassess our traditional systems, such as production and supply chain moving closer to local demand. This shift comes with a chance to adapt and improve defining ‘the new normal’ beyond COVID-19 and how they contribute to building resilient, innovative healthcare systems.
2nd High Level Roundtable – 29th July 2020
Every ministry of health and global health leader is thinking about what we need to do today to have a better tomorrow. What we do in the next three months in Africa will predict the long-term impact of the pandemic. The rate at which COVID-19 is spreading in Africa is alarming. In some ways, though, we are lucky because we are at the tail end of the global transmission chain and have had time to learn how to slow the virus. There are, of course, challenges in public-private partnership, but we have a common enemy and we want to continue strengthening collaboration. Solidarity needs to spread across Africa, not only between public and private sectors at the national level, but partnerships across borders.
Testing, Tracking & Treating – 31st July 2020
We have not had a better opportunity in Africa before now to cement our efforts on testing, tracking and treating. We have had significant learning since the start of the outbreak of the virus and we need to capitalize on this and continue learning in order to move forward. On 14th February 2020, Africa had its first COVID-19 case. As of today, we are at almost 1 million cases. It is alarming to see the way the number of cases are accelerating, but we don’t need to panic. Instead of the flight approach, Africa needs to take the fight approach.
Infrastructure & equipment – 7th August 2020
Africa is home to 1.3 billion of the world’s population and bares 1/3 of the global disease burden, yet accounts for only 3% of the global health workforce.The average physician density in subsaharan Africa stands at 2 doctors per 10,000 people.There is therefore a huge health infrastructure gap on the continent.
Join executives from across the health ecosystem
AHBS attendees are finding new ways of thinking and problem solving, implementing digital technologies, investing in disruptive startups, deploying new business models, and reaching out to the fringes of health possible to improve health.
Ethiopia Broadcasting Corporation Interview of Dr. Amit N. Thakker
AHBS III Highlights
Didn’t have a chance to make it to Johannesburg? Check out the AHBS III highlight reel.
H.E. Amira Elfadil
In line with the AU strategic plan, the “Agenda 2063”, H.E. Amira Elfadil expresses confidence in attaining a better Africa sooner than the plan.
Dr. Wilhemina Jallah
Its like being in class, learning about how we can Achieve UHC in Africa and be Stronger Together
Dr. David Luu
The co-founder of Equally Healthcare Group stressing on the need for a united Africa; healthcare growth in Africa requires an integration, to bridge the health gap.
The fourth Africa Health Business Symposium (AHBS IV), organized by Africa Health Business (AHB) took place on 7 -9 October 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia featuring 3 days of plenary sessions, mixed with exclusive side sessions and workshops.
The inaugural Africa Healthcare Federation (AHF) Summit was held on the 7th of October while the AHBS IV knowledge sessions were held on the 8th and 9th of October. The event drew 371 participants, from more than 33 African countries, and 15 countries from other parts of the globe.
Next session: Financing Models
Date:14th August 2020
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