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Ada opens up markets with new languages

German telehealth company Ada claims that introducing new languages on its AI-powered "symptom checker" app will eventually open the market up to an additional 102 million people.

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.

African health ministers signal closer relationship with private sector

Health ministers from countries including Niger, Senegal and Uganda have signalled a new approach to working closely with the private sector in healthcare provision. We find out more from our contacts who attended the second annual Africa Health Business Symposium (AHBS II) in Dakar earlier this month.

Rx Health making waves in East Africa

Egyptian fund Rx Health Management is closing in on deals in Tanzania and Kenya, says the chairman of the African Health Federation (AHF). Healthcare entrepreneur Dr Amit Thakker told Healthcare Nova at the IFC Global Healthcare Conference in Barcelona earlier this month that Rx Health was in talks with groups in the two east African countries.

Interview: Prof Dr Hatem Elgabaly, CEO, RX Health Management

A serial healthcare entrepreneur who also spent five years as Egypt’s Minister of Health and Population, Prof Elgabaly is now raising a $200m healthcare fund for investment in Healthcare in Africa and is already at present proceeding with investments. We talk to him about the Egyptian and wider African markets and about his investment approach.

Flint Atlantic Capital invests in dialysis in Rwanda

The Nigeria-based fund Flint Atlantic, which specialises in healthcare start-ups, co-invested with US-based Polaris Capital in the Rwandan dialysis group Africa Healthcare Network (AHN) last week. AHN is growing fast but the market is constrained by labour shortages and affordability. We discussed AHN’s potential to broaden access with Nneka Ezeigwe, vice president at Flint.

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.

Abraaj close to $1bn target

Abraaj is close to its $1bn target for its mammoth Global Healthcare Fund. And its ambitions are becoming clearer.

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.

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.

FREE BLOG East Africa – plenty of opportunity

Until recently, East Africa was too poor to attract substantial foreign interest apart from donor funding. There are just too many opportunities elsewhere for global healthcare players. But this is changing.

Interview: Amit Thakker, founder, Kenya Healthcare Federation and Avenue Healthcare

With the East African region expected to grow GDP 6.7% in 2016, according to the African Development Bank, it is no wonder foreign investors are pouring in. An IFC report from 2007 estimated 60% of health financing is from private sources and 50% of health expenditure is spent on private providers. The HMO model, in particular, is attracting a growing middle class.

Telefónica brings subscription mobile health services to two million across Latin America

Healthcare Nova can reveal that mobile phone giant Telefónica is rolling out its mobile health services to all its Latin American countries over the next two months. Launched in Brazil in 2012 it now has 2m customers there. It is also about to turn Saluspot, a platform to message doctors and book appointments, into a subscription service. Mobile health services include 24/7 call centres and SMS health tips and advice.

Fortis expands into Africa

Indian hospital and lab operator Fortis is expanding into Africa as an operator. We look at its plans.

Report: South Africa: Trouble in the Rainbow Nation?

South Africa is embarking on an ambitious process of reform to redress its historic imbalance in healthcare delivery. The National Health Insurance policy envisions far-reaching change in both the payment and provision of healthcare. The enormously successful private sector, however, has been left in the dark over its future role. What does the future hold for this $30 billion private healthcare market?

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