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Looking Back at the FT Future of Health Conference

In May, PharmAccess took part in the Financial Times Future of Health Conference, cohosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and The Joep Lange Institute. The conference, with special guests Her Majesty Queen Máxima, Netherlands Minister of Foreign Trade & Development Sigrid Kaag and Ghana Senior Minister Hon. Dr. Osafo Yaw and many other decision-makers and game-changers in Global Health, stimulated debate and show cased the action required to achieve universal health coverage, faster and better.

  • Jul 25, 2019

Recognition of the potential of mobile technology was a central theme during the day. In her opening speech, Her Majesty Queen Máxima shared “In Nigeria, in 2017, I visited beneficiaries of a health insurance program supported by a partnership of PharmAccess and CarePay. There I met with Agnes, a young mother with triplets. Agnes was able to sign up for health insurance with the aid of digitally-equipped agents. She then gained access to a mobile health insurance wallet that she could use for savings and spending. Because of this, Agnes could now bring her children to the hospital whenever she needed.”

New insights were also provided, with a focus on additional foundations to continue developing and implementing innovations, as well as building existing and developing new partnerships. “These conferences are important for dialogue but what is the action? We need to look further than pilots to scale. We have to integrate public and private models and for development groups to work to together instead of reinventing the wheel” – Monique Dolfing-Vogelenzang. In order to move forward, these critical questions must be asked. Only then healthcare can be delivered to everyone.

Curious to find out more? Watch the recap here!