RWANDA – The inaugural Health-Tech Summit for Africa will be held in Rwanda for key players, leading health-tech firms, startups and innovators in the healthcare sector to discuss and showcase the potential of healthtech on the continent.

The first ever international conference on healthtech in Africa organized by HealthTech Hub Africa, a Kigali based health-tech accelerator, in partnership with Norrsken, the Novartis Foundation and Rwandan government will take place in Kigali from June 2nd to June 4th 2022.

The HealthTech Summit Africa will focus on three main themes dedicated to building successful public and private partnerships namely Inspire, Learn and Transform in a move to chart the way forward for the health-tech sector and identify the gaps and opportunities.

It is an opportunity to define new solutions for the most pressing health and care challenges as well as convene the multisector organizations needed to implement necessary solutions at a scale that can transform the health of entire populations.

The conference comes at a time when the African continent has witnessed impressive growth rates in healthcare as more health startups continue to raise funding, with the latest data showing that investments into Africa’s health-tech startups grew by 81 per cent in 2021.

Moreover, digital health startups seek to provide effective interventions to patients for a sustainable tomorrow to address the weaknesses in global public health systems particularly in Africa that were exposed at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The continental summit will be a unique platform for participants to learn from successful innovations and the challenges they overcame, join inspirational dialogues on health and technology trends.

The participants will also discover some of the most advanced innovations in the 2022 startup cohort and have the chance to engage in new partnership opportunities during the summit, there will be different masterclasses with experts and pitching sessions before prospective investors.

The three-day conference is expected to bring together 30 health-tech start-ups that are part of the HealthTech Hub Africa to showcase the different innovations and solutions the firms are bringing to the health-tech space.

Some healthtech companies include E-Heza Data Solutions, a Rwandan point-of-care digital health solution that facilitates data-driven decisions and personalized health education and Goal 3, health-tech firm focusing on smart and data-driven technologies suited for low resource settings.

In addition, participants will explore how to create a pan-African model to fast-tracking innovation for public health, the integration of healthtech in smart cities for health equity, global problems and local solutions in Health.

The participants will also have discussions about navigating data sharing, consumer protectionism and privacy laws in the African region as well as artificial intelligence powering efficiency in the public health system.

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