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PharmAccess helps roll out Universal Healthcare Cover

PharmAccess Foundation, the pioneering Dutch NGO which has lent money to 1,000 for-profit clinics across Africa and launched an innovative mobile health payment scheme in Kenya is now working closely with governments.

Hospitals in our pockets: the future of African healthcare

Before British primary care digital health player Babylon came along, the Rwandan government had never signed a contract with a private healthcare provider. A universal healthcare coverage scheme called Mutuelles de Santé had been operating in the country since 1999, but ten years later was spending 9.7% of GDP on health. The government and its citizens needed a means to make healthcare more accessible and affordable: so in 2016 it invited a private digital health platform to help connect patients to doctors.

FREE BLOG HBI Awards 2017: Connecting sub-Saharan Africa to better healthcare through mobile technology

PharmAccess is a Dutch NGO that works to improve healthcare access and services in sub-Saharan Africa through mobile technology and providing financial loans. It was a finalist because the M-TIBA solution is unique, claims 250,000 users and incremental increase in revenue. It connects patients and providers, remitters and employers, as well as governments, insurers and donors onto one platform.

Africa: Five definites, four maybes and nine no-nos

Health is becoming big business in parts of Sub-Saharan Africa. As its countries become more urban and populations become more affluent, private operators are seeing opportunities to invest, and to make a difference to people’s lives – particularly as public health sectors struggle to cope. African healthcare expert Dan Schönfeld, former head of investments at Vital Capital, offers his personal assessment or where he would, and wouldn’t recommend putting your money.

Interview: Dr Rajgopal Thirumalai, Vice President, Global Medical & Occupational Health, Unilever

Unilever runs a global health and prevention programme in over 90 countries for its 169,000  employees. How? What does Dr Thirumalai (known as Dr Raj) think of the private healthcare services sector? And what changes does he expect in the future? And what does he expect from digital health and AI? Dr Raj is also a non-executive independent director of Apollo Hospitals Enterprise and a speaker at HBI 2018 on April 10-11 in London.

Interview: Dr Rajgopal Thirumalai, Vice President, Global Medical & Occupational Health, Unilever

Unilever runs a global health and prevention programme in over 90 countries for its 169,000  employees. How? What does Dr Thirumalai (known as Dr Raj) think of the private healthcare services sector? And what changes does he expect in the future? And what does he expect from digital health and AI? Dr Raj is also a non-executive independent director of Apollo Hospitals Enterprise and a speaker at HBI 2018 on April 10-11 in London.

US health group enters strategic partnerships in three new emerging markets

Sanford Health, a large non-profit US rural health group, has invested in healthcare providers in Costa Rica, Vietnam and South Africa, and is expanding its Ghanaian and Chinese ventures. We spoke exclusively ahead of public announcement to Dan Blue, VP of Sanford World Clinics, who says more will follow.

Rural US healthcare giant plans to open 300 primary care clinics in Ghana

A giant US-based rural health group is looking to expand its operations in Ghana, from 25 clinics to 300 over the next 3-4 years. We speak to Dr Dan Blue and Jim Slack, Executive VP and VP respectively of Sanford World Clinics about expansion, working with the Ghanaian government and reaching break-even.

Lenmed looks north 

South Africa's fourth largest hospital chain is already in Mozambique and Botswana and is keen to expand into other Sub-Saharan countries such as Nigeria, Ghana and Uganda. That might be with specialist outpatient chains.  But there are plenty of opportunities in South Africa as The Competition Commission stops the Big Three from making more inpatient acquisitions. We talk to Lenmed COO, Amil Devchand. 

Interview: Ariel Beery, CEO of MobileODT – turning mobile phones into diagnostic equipment

Are mobile phones the latest in high-tech, low cost diagnostic equipment? The humble mobile is being transformed into a medical tool, and the team behind this transformation say their bolt-on device brings expert clinical diagnosis to previously inaccessible areas. We caught up with Ariel Beery, co-founder and CEO of Israel-based MobileODT - which is in the running for the HBI Best Use of Digital Award at our 2017 conference in April - about his business model.

Lancet shows the way in African labs

Dr. Peter Clarke from South African lab group Lancet laid out his pan-African expertise at our 2016 Breaking Barriers conference. What business models work in Kenya? What about Nigeria, to the other side of the continent? Most private equity houses and institutional investors are daunted by Africa, but Lancet has expanded to 11 countries in just 12 years.

Low-cost dialysis group to build Africa’s largest network

Dialysis provider Africa Healthcare Network secured a contract with the Ministry of Health in Rwanda to deliver kidney care to district hospitals across the country. The group aims to triple capacity in Rwanda in the next year and launch up to 100 centres across Sub-Saharan Africa in the next five years. We speak to CEO Nikhil Pereira-Kamath.

Turkish ophthalmology chain targets Ghana as part of $50m investment

Turkish ophthalmology chain Batigoz Health Group, which already has clinics in several European contries, is planning to strengthen its presence in a $50m expansion. The group says it is about to receive private equity funding from a major Gulf investor and that it aims to reach Ghana by 2017. It also targets medical tourism. We speak to CEO Pinar Massena.

Dr Agarwal bets on Africa

Of all types of Indian healthcare operators none have been as successful in Africa as Dr Agarwal, India’s second largest eye care chain. In just five years, it has grown its African business from nothing to 30-35% of sales. So far, it has 15 clinics in Mozambique, Nigeria, Madagascar, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, the Seychelles and Mauritius, but it plans to open six this year and to have 40 by 2020. We talk to Dr Agarwal’s CEO S. Rajagopalan.

European operators want to run African PPPs

Centres of excellence in healthcare are being planned in Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Nigeria and European companies are lining up to design, build and run them. Representatives from several African health ministries told the African Healthcare Summit that high quality facilities were needed to stem the flow of medical tourists. Regional centres serving multiple countries will open up markets.

Rx Health Management builds US$200m fund

The former Egyptian health minister, Dr Hatem Elgabaly, hopes to raise US$200m to invest in African healthcare by the middle of 2017. Three deals in Egypt and Nigeria are under negotiation and three others in Morocco and Nigeria are early-stage. All are already funded, he claims. The strategy is to build a platform in hospitals, diagnostics and pharma in North Africa and replicate their success in Sub-Saharan Africa by consolidating and modernising mum'n'pops or expanding existing platforms.

Kenya adopts biometric identity as it rolls out universal health cover

Kenya is following Ghana in adopting a biometric fraud system offered by Genkey, a biometric identity management, through the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF). The country’s president, Uhuru Kenyatta, pledged 25m Kenyans would be covered by the end of 2015. But how effective is biometric identity in stopping healthcare fraud?

FREE BLOG Private healthcare mirrors education

Education and healthcare are the two services most necessary for human development. It has traditionally followed, moreover, that they are best provided by the state. In the developed world we now take state provided healthcare and education for granted, regardless of our opinion on their quality, and private provision is the exception, not the rule. Yet across Africa, South Asia and some parts of the Middle East this is far from the case.

Synlab buys in Africa

European lab group Synlab has made its first acquisition in Africa, buying a majority stake in Medven, the holding company for the Medlab lab and imaging chain. It wants to use this as a base for further growth in West Africa. We think this is the first time a European lab group has bought assets on the ground in Africa.

Labco’s failure to IPO may impact Synlab process

Labco pulled its IPO earlier this month, blaming market volatility. We are told there was a lack of appetite from institutional investors. The failure is likely to affect Synlab, which is going into a process 1B.

Investing in Africa’s underdog healthcare businesses

BlueCloud Healthcare, a UK-based investment advisory firm and start-up business incubator focused healthcare service companies in sub-Saharan Africa, is tapping into private equity’s growing interest in the continent. Healthcare Nova spoke to founder Steven Adjei about the company and his take on investing in Africa.

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