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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.