2nd Webinar Series Reports
29th October 2020
"There are so many great technologies out there. We can have the best technology, but if we’re not collaborating, especially with the public health sector where the majority of people in low- and middle-income countries are accessing care, these solutions and the potential impact will not be able to scale.."
"We are keen as an organisation to support, partner with, and develop startups. Especially in the context of Africa we see a lot of niche SMEs and addressing local issues but with the inability to scale, so AWS is keen to form partnerships in the healthcare space to help with this.."
5th November 2020
"As Swedfund, we want to provide investment in healthcare companies that are providing quality care. We use PharmAccess’s SafeCare program to assess the quality of care as well as to help us know how to support organisations through technical support, among other avenues."
"At PharmAccess, the aim is to build health systems in such a way that people will have access to care, not only for today, but for the long-term. For that reason, we have an integrated approach where we work on the financing of care.."
"What is becoming evident and what we’re looking to fund is the availability of the right kind of healthcare solutions that are Africanised, that deal with African problems and are not prescribed from abroad or are ivory tower based solutions..."
Manufacturing & Supply Chain
12th November 2020
"There is a great opportunity for manufacturers on the continent. We have great potential. The health market is over $250 billion, but local manufacturing is still extremely small. For drugs alone, we import something in the range of 90 to 95% of what we need. For equipment, it is even higher than that (in the 98% range), meaning that the opportunity for African manufacturers to step into this space is significant.."
"Today, Africa has a population of about 1.3 billion, but tomorrow there's an estimate that it's going to be around 2.4 billion. The structures we have today are not enough to scale for our population size of tomorrow. ."
"When it comes to partnership with private sector organisations, it is important for both sides and co-creators to have the situational analysis done before public- private partnership is even manifested in a memorandum of understanding. We have often learned this the hard way..."
Managing the disease burden
19th November 2020
"Preventing future pandemics is about the way forward, how we are going to address global health security and is linked directly to health systems..."
"Partnerships and collaboration are key to helping manage the disease burden, which is being directly and indirectly affected by lack of blood in Africa. ."
"Going forward, there is no doubt that the private sector has a critical role to play. We must find a way to rapidly scale up capacity on the continent to work with the private sector. The public sector on the African continent is yet to have the full capacity required to optimise the benefit that the private sector provides...."
Human resources for health
26th November 2020
" Technology and innovation can help us save resources in the healthcare sector. For example, there are virtual ways of connecting healthcare professionals. We have technologies that carry out digital pathology, which means the pathologist, looking at a certain result, could sit in any place in the world...."
"What we often see is that the public sector trains enough workers to meet its needs but then they often get hired by the private sector, leaving government facilities short-staffed...."
"Mentorship is also extremely important. What if we pair student health workers with private sector mentors while they're still in training so that they can see from the very beginning the possibilities included in health worker career? They should know that they can work in the public sector or private sector, and learn these private sector approaches, which are important no matter where they end up working...."