The Board of Healthcare Funders of Southern Africa (BHF) has opened entries for the 2018 Titanium Awards to recognise and celebrate individuals and businesses that have delivered superior services to their members and clients in the public and private healthcare sectors in southern Africa.

According to the BHF, with increased access to healthcare and improved quality healthcare services a priority across the world, the 2018 edition of the Titanium Awards puts the spotlight on healthcare professionals and organisations making a real difference across communities in southern Africa.

“The healthcare system in sub-Saharan Africa has made significant strides over the past few years in providing universal basic healthcare and improving the quality of service to patients. The marked drop in the child mortality rate, TB, HIV/AIDS and malaria across the region is further testament of the remarkable work that the healthcare professionals are doing in providing quality healthcare and deserves recognition,” said Head of Stakeholder Relations and Communications at the BHF, Zola Mtshiya.

“While challenges such as a shortage of skills and resources, and unnecessary deaths from curable diseases remain, the Titanium Awards continue to be one of the interventions aimed at sustaining industry value through a celebration of excellence in order to continue inspiring the highest standards of delivery in the healthcare industry,” continued Mtshiya.

The awards also aim to facilitate knowledge sharing and best practice, promote partnerships with the public sector, private sectors as well as non-profit and non-governmental organisations; and provide a platform for healthcare professionals, across the region to collaborate.

“Our aim is to ensure that the awards maintain and improve the quality and delivery of healthcare for the health citizen. We also want to promote competitiveness among healthcare professionals, corporates and small businesses, non-profit and non-governmental organisations and drive them to continuously explore and implement innovative ways of creating access to quality healthcare,” said Mtshiya.

Eligible institutions and individuals have until 3 May 2018 to submit their entries for consideration. The seven categories are: Titanium Award for Excellence in Creating Access to Healthcare; Titanium Award for Best Healthcare Media Content; Titanium Award for Health Facilities: Titanium Award for Young Achiever; Titanium Award for Service Excellence; Dr Humphrey Zokufa Lifetime Achievement Award; and Titanium Award for Advisory Services Excellence.

“We encourage all qualifying stakeholders in the healthcare sector throughout the region to submit entries for the Titanium Awards. The benefits for participating in the Titanium Awards are immense. Not only will participants benchmark themselves against their peers and competitors, but they will further get the opportunity to improve their value proposition and improve in areas where gaps are identified during the entry process,” concluded Mtshiya.

For more information about the awards, visit: http://www.bhfglobal.com/titanium-awards

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