Africa Healthcare Federation Launched at the Inaugural Africa Health Business Symposium
Launch of Africa Healthcare Federation
On 7th October 2016, before the closure of the inaugural Africa Health Business 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.
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.
As an umbrella body, the Africa Healthcare Federation’s vision is to be a world class private health sector apex body with the mission of ensuring continuous improvement in the overall health sector of Africa by working together with Governments and stakeholders.
Despite many challenges, the African region is experiencing steady economic growth, and predictions for the coming years remain favourable, with growth rates ranging between 5-6 % – well above the world average of 2.2%. The role of the private sector is being increasingly recognized by the international community as the engine for sustainable and inclusive economic growth.
The impact that such growth has on the healthcare sector in particular, is that a growing urban middle class is willing to pay for better treatment, thus widening the door to the private sector, which is in turn starting to play a new vibrant role, often working in partnership with donors and governments to provide better healthcare services and increased access to medicine at an affordable price.
Africa Healthcare Federation will serve and facilitate collaboration between governments, development partners, international and domestic healthcare players from the private sector to drive investment, create access to affordable quality healthcare and improve the rate of return to all stakeholders.
With a recognized need for engaging the private sector in healthcare transformation; Africa Healthcare Federation will support the five regions and their countries to take approaches enabling Africa to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want. Healthcare transformation under AHF will be achieved by:
- Linking stakeholders to develop functional and sustainable markets
- Improving inclusive and responsible business models by tapping into best practices, innovative business models and technologies, identifying constraints and barriers, and facilitating knowledge sharing
- Facilitating access to financial service providers and funding partners, contributing to development of solutions to reduce risks specific to the healthcare sector
- Improving the business environment by engaging with governments regarding policy making and regulatory frameworks to create an enabling environment to accelerate responsible investment in healthcare
As a unique organisation that embodies the entire African continent private healthcare sector into a singular voice, Africa Healthcare Federation is envisioned to make a significant contribution to the African healthcare industry.