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.

Exclusive: IFC-backed HHI acquires AAR Healthcare

IFC-backed holding company Hospital Holding Limited (HHI) is close to acquiring AAR Healthcare after it received approval from the Kenyan competition authority, HBI can exclusively reveal.

IFC invests in triple million fund for sub-saharan Africa

The IFC has invested in the biggest sub-Saharan Africa healthcare investment platform since Abraaj's ill-fated $1bn fund with a view to acquiring and integrating hospitals in east and southern Africa. It's still not that big.

NHI bills passed in South Africa and Uganda

South Africa's health minister has plans to put the country's drawn-out NHI bill to parliament within eight months after its recent cabinet approval. Uganda's cabinet, too, has agreed an NHI bill to send to parliament. But many details remain unclear.

Ugandan government guarantees $380m loan for private hospital

The Ugandan government has sparked public outcry by guaranteeing a $380m loan to a private contractor from Italy to build and run a private hospital outside the capital Kampala. The country is estimated to be spending around $200m a year on treatment abroad, the majority on travel and non-medical expenses, and a few years ago […]

Sub-Saharan Africa ‘ready for investment’

HBI reports from the Sub-Saharan Africa panel at HBI 2019, where Teo Sarda, CEO of Sphera, Dr Shrey Viranna, CEO of Life, and Audrey Obara, head of healthcare for Swedfund, talked about how to sustainably invest in Africa. 

Cerba/Lancet JV to expand

Cerba is set to expand its JV with pan-African lab network Lancet into more French-speaking countries.

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.

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