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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.