SOUTH AFRICA – Africa Health Conference is scheduled to take place in October this year. The conference brings together healthcare experts and businesses from around the world to discuss the medical and healthcare developments of the continent.

The congress will cater to African and global healthcare professionals and share strategies that are shaping the future of medicine, whilst also evaluating the latest disruptors driving the transformation of healthcare.

Healthcare service delivery in Africa and its associated challenges are well documented, with some estimating that fewer than 50% of Africans have access to modern health facilities.

The arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 exacerbated the situation for many countries on the continent, resulting in a situation where millions of people are in dire need of access to proper healthcare.

On the other hand, Africa’s population is growing rapidly. Over the past 20 years, Africa’s population has increased by 2.5% annually and is expected to reach 2.4 billion by 2050. The continent also shoulders 25% of the global disease burden but is served by a mere 2% of the world’s healthcare workforce.

As the population grows, there will be an increasing need for quality, accessible healthcare services if the continent’s nations are to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by the year 2030. Experts also point to the need for the urgent reform of healthcare service delivery, to remove the levels of inequity and inefficiency.

Exhibition Director Azzan Mohamed, noted that these will be among the key themes of the 10th edition of the health conference.

The virtual event will be running from 25- 29 October 2021. “Though we have gone virtual, our mission still remains the same – that is to bring together the continent’s best on a sophisticated platform offering the widest range of relevant content for healthcare workers across Africa,” says Cynthia Makarutse, Senior Conference Producer.

The five-day conference will involve a mix of online lectures and conference topic discussions, supported by virtual meeting rooms where medical device and product developers can interact with business and networking contacts.

“We believe in an ever-changing world of human health, forming deeper connections with the African Healthcare Community matters now more than ever. For this reason, we are redefining the art and science of making meaningful business connections by offering a carefully curated series of online events.”

This platform provides unique education and networking opportunities for healthcare professionals who value innovation, learning, and business.

The event is expected to attract more than 5000 healthcare professionals from across the globe and over 200 international and regional companies who value business and networking.

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