AFRICA – Africa Health Business (AHB), a pan African consulting firm, has partnered with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, to strengthen health systems in Africa.

AHB and IFC are bringing together health stakeholders for a special strategy meeting on how the private health sector can help countries in Africa meet their Universal Healthcare Coverage goals.

The meeting, to be held on the side lines of IFC’s Private Health Conference in Cape Town, will provide leading private sector health actors with the opportunity to engage in a structured dialogue on improving healthcare in Africa.

“The private health sector has always played an important role in providing improved access to quality care and we are excited to explore new avenues for bringing together healthcare players to discuss and strategize approaches for meeting the continent’s urgent health needs,” said Charles Dalton, IFC’s Senior Health Specialist.

From AHB headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, Dr Amit N. Thakker, Executive Chairman of AHB, expressed his belief in the benefits of a unified approach:

“Collaboration is vital in strengthening health systems and improving healthcare service delivery. We are excited and optimistic that, by working together, the private sector can accelerate progress toward universal health coverage,” said Dr Amit N. Thakker, AHB Executive Chairman.

The African Union recently issued a call to action for improving the continent’s public healthcare systems and pandemic readiness, including through action by the private health sector.

Specific challenges mentioned included building up health institutions, strengthening the health workforce, expanding local manufacture of medical supplies, creating partnerships, and other steps that will contribute to stronger public health systems.

Africa Health Business (AHB), headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, aims to improve access to equitable healthcare in Africa by providing its clients with effective, evidence-based solutions for today’s complex healthcare challenges.

It does this through a mix of technical consultancy projects, and its facilitatory and networking expertise.

Clients in government, the development space and the private sector rely on AHB to inform and transform interactions with, and use of, healthcare systems.

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