Scientific and technological breakthroughs are changing the way doctors treat and manage diseases. However, many developing nations across Africa still lack basic resources and infrastructure to provide quality healthcare.

These healthcare challenges will be addressed at the 7th annual Africa Health Exhibition & Congress, which will take place from 7 to 9 June 2017 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

The event, which is hosted by Informa Life Sciences Exhibitions, is expected to bring together more than 9,000 healthcare professionals with close to 540 of the world’s leading healthcare suppliers, manufacturers and service providers who will exhibit the latest developments in medical science.

Africa Health will also run 12 CPD accredited conferences offering education on the latest medical and non-medical techniques, topics and trends. This platform will allow healthcare professionals and medical experts across Africa to collaborate and share insights to addressing the continent’s specific healthcare needs.

The discussions will cover a wide range of issues affecting the healthcare landscape, including Africa’s response to emerging health threats; managing health technology; building sustainable hospital infrastructure; maternal health; non-communicable diseases; and controlling disease outbreaks.

The discussions will include a ministerial panel on cross-border cooperation and governance in healthcare investment, as well a strong focus on policy making and the support environment for greater access to medicine and health technology in Africa.

“Rapid advancements in medical technology are shaping the healthcare landscape of the future. However, the over-riding challenge is determining how these advancements can be made accessible to developing countries on the continent,” said Director at Informa Life Sciences Group Africa, Jamie Hill.

Hill added that the healthcare community is making significant strides in driving advancements to some of the most pressing issues facing the developing world. “Collaboration in the industry has become essential in order to ensure that the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are met – particularly in Africa,” said Hill.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to two local charities; Surgeons for Little Lives and the Just Footprints Foundation.

Africa Health is supported by the Clinical Engineering Association of South Africa (CEASA); Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA); the Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa (COHSASA); Southern African Health Technology Assessment Society (SAHTAS); CSSD Forums of South Africa (CFSA); International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE – Clinical Engineering Division); the South African Medical Device Industry Association (SAMED); and the Gauteng Tourism Authority.

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