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PharmAccess booth at the AHBS symposium
PharmAccess booth at the AHBS symposium

From 5 – 7 October 2016, international stakeholders in the field of health in Africa are gathering in Nairobi to attend the 2016 Africa Health Business Symposium (AHBS). The objective of the symposium is to promote the private health sector in Africa and to create partnerships that will increase the accessibility and affordability of healthcare for all Africans.

Healthcare demands in Africa are changing. Africa’s healthcare systems are at a turning point and the reforms that governments undertake over the next decade will be crucial in improving overall health in the continent. A growing urban middle class is willing to pay for better treatment has opened the door to the private sector, which is starting to play a new vibrant role, often working in partnership with donors and governments to provide better healthcare facilities and increased access to medicine at an affordable price. Substantial investment will be needed to meet the growing demand – largely from low and middle-income households, which comprise 70% of Africa’s purchasing power.

At this symposium, clear success stories and opportunities are shared by experts from both the public and private sector that will effectively promote the growth of the private sector within the continent so as to be the true partner with the public sector in turning around the health indicators towards a Healthier Africa.

Our colleague Kwasi Boahene (Director Advocacy) will be speaking during the session on Healthcare Financing, while Evelyn Gitonga (Business Development Manager East Africa) will be sharing her views during the session Supply Chain Management: Strengthening Accessibility and Efficiency. Kees van Lede will be on the panel Digital Technologies: Disruptive Innovations for Health. Van Lede was mHealth Director at PharmAccess until February 2016. In this role he worked on the inception of CarePay, which was incubated at PharmAccess.

At the PharmAccess booth, participants can find out more about our work.