COVID-19: The view from Africa

Africa needs to come together to find a solution to the COVID crisis, which has proved to be as much an economic one as a healthcare one - and cannot and should not rely on help from outside. This was the view of an expert panel which convened online to discuss COVID-19, healthcare more generally, and African economics.

Liberia during COVID: A case study for Africa?

A health crisis leading to an economic downturn and a political crisis. Here is a case study of how COVID has hit Liberia based on the view of Gyude Moore, senior policy fellow at the Centre for Global Development, and former Minister of Public Work speaking on Saturday (October 10).

Interview: Sanjeev Kanoria, Advinia Healthcare

HBI talks to Sanjeev Kanoria, founder and chairman of UK-based care home specialist Advinia Healthcare, about how COVID has affected his business, funding support, and the affect of Brexit on issues like recruitment.

Covid grows the lab market in 2020

HBI Intelligence is now forecasting that most European lab markets will be larger in 2020, than our pre-Covid forecasts. That is despite deep dips in March and April, with some groups thinking about firing two-thirds of their staff and defaulting on rent.

HBI updates dental market forecasts as operators face second wave

Dental markets have reopened following the pandemic peak but the impact may be felt for many months to come, not least because of a second wave winter. HBI has added new post-COVID market size data on the Intelligence platform based on conversations with operators. Most think new national lockdowns are unlikely but regional lockdowns, prolonged economic uncertainty for patients, and scared patients are all causing concern.

Concerns COVID is turning dentistry into a reactive service

Delays in treatment caused directly by COVID-19 and a reluctance to attend routine appointments are turning preventative dental markets into reactive ones. The financial pressures resulting from the pandemic means there might not be a big enough supply of dentists to cope with the pent up demand.

European operators brace for second wave

COVID's second wave looks either imminent, or is already starting to hit in many jurisdictions. Wave one saw lockdowns and closures - and not all closures were temporary. Will wave two be any different? HBI has been talking to operators across EMEA to see if forewarned is forearmed, how they predict the next few months will go, and what lessons have been learned.

Diversification helps Grupo 5 grow despite COVID

Grupo 5 has carved out an unusual but successful niche for itself in Spain, balancing a mix of healthcare services (predominantly mental health and treatment for patients with brain injuries) with social emergency care for the homeless, children, and people with disability. CEO Guillermo Bell tells HBI it has proved to be a robust combination during the COVID crisis.

How Covid opens up new B2B and B2C testing markets

The lab sector could be "uberised" by an app which currently enables individuals to see where, and when they can get a Covid test as part of government and corporate schemes. The aim is to create a consumer solution which will enable individuals to select from a very wide range of tests on price and proximity.

Employee testing drives 30%+ organic growth for labs through summer

COVID-19 testing for businesses, the sports industry and governments has cancelled-out and countered most falls in routine testing for the pan-European lab groups. Synlab says it signed 3,000 back-to-work testing contracts and saw 32% y-o-y organic revenue growth in June while Eurofins has 1,200 signed or in discussion. HBI examines the impact of the pandemic so far and what's next.

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