Universal Health Coverage – One Size Does Not Fit All

The journey toward UHC is incredibly complex and important. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the already-existing gaps in the health sector, reinforcing how essential it is to establish well-functioning health systems. UHC affects and is affected by every aspect of the health sector and beyond. It will ultimately only be achieved with interventions on the national,regional and continental levels. While integration and cooperation across national and regional barriers is necessary, ultimately, each country will require its own unique set of innovative solutions. We need guidance and helpful frameworks from the African Union level, integration and collaboration at the regional level, and wise leadership and effective strategy at the national level.

Preparing the Health Workforce will be Key to Integrating Technology in Healthcare

As we look to strengthen Africa’s health systems using new and exciting technological advancements, it is essential that the continent’s health workforce is considered in the design and roll out of these technologies. The health workforce is one of the primary consumers of new technologies in health, therefore the success of the innovations is dependent on their buy-in and training. They are central to the success of these potentially groundbreaking and revolutionary innovations.

Investing in Stronger Health Systems for Africa: A New Frontier

Investing in Stronger Health Systems for Africa: A New Frontier The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how fragile our global preparedness for infectious diseases is. The disease has spread swiftly from China across the world - with major impacts on health, economy, and quality of life of communities. The status of the disease in Africa is

Nigeria Healthcare Sector

Nigeria Healthcare Sector Nigeria is the largest country in west Africa. The country has one of the largest populations in Africa with approximately 195.8 million people. The most spoken language is Hausa, although English is the official language. Over the past years, infrastructure has made a net contribution of around 1% to the country’s improved

Leveraging technology to deliver continuous healthcare services during COVID-19

LEVERAGING TECHNOLOGY TO DELIVER CONTINUOUS HEALTHCARE SERVICES DURING COVID-19 In Africa, technology has risen to prominence since the World Health Organization(WHO) characterized Covid-19 as a pandemic. For the last few months, we’ve witnessed the need to harness the potential of technology urgently due to the challenges posed by the pandemic. The use of digital health

Impact of COVID-19 on pharmaceutical and medical devices industry

Impact of COVID-19 on pharmaceutical and medical devices industry The current pandemic, Covid-19 originated in China, which is where the majority of APIs for drugs are manufactured; China’s lockdown had a knock-on effect on its neighbour India, which relies on those APIs to produce generic drugs. A survey of readers of Pharmaceutical Technology revealed that

Grim scramble in Africa to contain Covid-19 outbreak

Grim scramble in Africa to contain Covid-19 outbreak Some African states are in lockdown, others are slow to respond. All are short of health supplies, writes Claire Keeton 05 April 2020, By Claire Keeton You can’t go to war with a knife, without the right equipment,” says Kenyan health executive Amit Thakker, referring to Africa

Africa Public Health Foundation’s new Executive Director

Effective 14th April 2020,  Mrs. Sahra Noor has been appointed as the Interim Director for Africa Public Health Foundation. Mrs. Noor is a public health and health systems consultant with extensive experience in non-profit and health services management, resource mobilization, public-private partnerships, policy development and leadership.

ECHAlliance and AHB partner on COVID-19 and beyond

The European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance) and Africa Health Business (AHB) are pleased to announce they have entered into a partnership to facilitate the exchange of…

TechEmerge Health East Africa

Accelerating the adoption of health tech innovation in East Africa TechEmerge brings technologies to new markets to drive sustainable innovation in regions that need it the most. We do this by matching best-in-class, proven, affordable technology solutions from around the world with local partners in emerging markets to conduct pilot projects and build commercIal partnerships.

1st Ministerial Stakeholder Forum Liberia

Pictured: MSF meeting with the HFL board and secretariat, representatives from the Ministry of Health and Dr. Thakker, Chairman of Africa Health Business. The Healthcare Federation of Liberia held its first Ministerial Stakeholders Forum with the Ministry of Health, Liberia, on 13th February 2020. Present in this meeting was the newly elected HFL board, ministry

Official Announcement of the Africa Public Health Foundation at the sidelines of the World Economic Forum Africa, Cape Town

On 6th September 2019, stakeholders came together for the exciting announcement of the Africa Public Health Foundation (APHF) and were invited to partner with the Foundation. The APHF is an initiative for Public, Private, and Philanthropic Partnership to support Africa Member States build their capacity to better detect and respond to diseases outbreaks and emergencies.

Africa Health Business partners with the Global Fund to increase private sector engagement to ending AIDS, TB and Malaria in Africa

Cape Town, South Africa  – Africa has achieved significant progress in reducing the burden of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria. Despite this, the diseases continue to pose a major public health threat across Africa. In particular, sub-Saharan African countries continue to be the worst-affected, mostly in regions where gender imbalance and social inequalities are more

Launch of Healthcare Federation of South Africa

21st July 2019 marked a historic day for the private healthcare sector of South Africa at the Cape Town International Conference Centre. Under the hospice of the Dr. Precious Matsoso (Director General, Department of Health South Africa), Dr. Amit N. Thakker (President, Africa Healthcare Federation) and the leadership of Prof. Morgan Chetty (Chairman, IPAF), healthcare leaders convened for the launch of the Healthcare Federation of South Africa (HFSA).

72nd World Health Assembly Geneva, Switzerland 20 -24 May 2019

72nd World Health Assembly Geneva, Switzerland 20 -24 May 2019 On 20th May 2019, Africa Health Business played host to healthcare leaders over dinner at the Intercontinental Geneva along the sidelines of the 72nd World Health Assembly. Leaders and key representatives from organizations such as the African Union, WHO, Global Fund, Ministry of Health Kenya,

Future of healthcare in Africa

Future of healthcare in Africa By Dr. Amit Thakker, Chairman, Africa Healthcare Federation, and Joelle Mumley, Marketing & PR, Africa Health Business, Kenya Africa faces critical challenges in health. Thirty-six percent of the population lives on less than one dollar per day. The continent has 14 per cent of the world’s population and, yet, only

An interview with Amit Thakker on the pulse of the public-private sector potential for health care in Africa

Amit Thakker, Executive Chairman of the Africa Healthcare Federation and the Africa Health Business and a panellist during the second WHO Africa Health Forum on how to better engage with the private sector, is optimistic that the continental meeting is an opportune time to discuss the critical role of the private sector in achieving universal

Achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Africa: How can the Private Health Sector engage?

Achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Africa: How can the Private Health Sector engage? The complexity of national health care systems in Africa, the second largest, and one of the most populated continents in the world, presents both economic as well as physical barriers to accessing quality healthcare services, resulting in poor health outcomes, inevitably

Capping fees will only stifle healthcare

Capping fees will only stifle healthcare The limits to private doctors’ fees published by medical doctors and facilities regulator Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board (KMPDB) recently should worry us. Despite the supposed good intentions, it will not solve the problem of our weak health system and will negatively affect the workforce and the economy.Capping

Transforming PPPs for Health in Africa

Transforming PPPs for Health in Africa Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) have emerged over the last decade as one of the best ways to foster development, fueled by insufficient investment, growing pressures on government budgets and a general concern about service provision by state enterprises and agencies. For more PPPs to emerge in Africa, countries need to