The 3rd Annual Africa Hospital Expansion Summit featured over 30 prominent healthcare leaders who led informative discussions pertaining to the current needs and the future development of the industry in Africa.

The two day symposium organised by LNoppen, in partnership with the East Africa Healthcare Federation (EAHF), brought global and local healthcare and hospital groups, developers, investors, construction companies, architects and financial institutes together to discuss a number of key issues and challenges including investment, innovative healthcare financing methods and quality of care.

Elenia Macamo Amado from the Mozambican Ministry Of Health officially opened the summit while the Director General of Hospital Central de Maputo, Dr Joao Fumane, shared his insights on the current situation of the national hospital and the country’s plan to turn it into a state-of-the-art specialised facility with modern clinical procedures and management.

Delegates attending the summit heard from Chief Medical Officer at Jacaranda Health, Faith Muigai, how telemedicine and eHealth initiatives in Kenya are helping to improve the quality of care while reducing costs at the same time.

Dr Harinder Singh Sidhu from Apollo Hospitals Group in India presented a case study of how India has shifted from being a healthcare seeking country to a healthcare providing destination, and showed a model of how they can help African countries achieve the same.

Various speakers weighed in on the importance of hospital design and planning to ensure adequate quality of care for the patients and the importance of medical equipment planning during the design of a new hospital. GE Healthcare’s Cedric De Angelo talked about the pitfalls that should be avoided when designing a new healthcare centre. The session was followed by a presentation from Sakhiwo Health Solutions, which looked at the quality of health infrastructure planning and the norms and standards that are necessary for all levels of health care facilities to inform and guide work related to all stages of the health infrastructure lifecycle, from strategic planning through to the operational level.

Day two kicked off with a session on quality excellence with the speaker questioning whether hospitals in Africa can achieve this and what the priorities and key performance areas should be.

Senior VP at Philips Africa, JJ Van Dongen, delivered a case study of healthcare centres and healthcare delivery in remote areas and shared the impact the Community Life Center in Githurai Lang’ata had on the local community. While Joseph Lelo demonstrated how AMREF Flying Doctors is helping patients in rural areas reach good hospitals to receive urgent medical treatment.

Dr Joel Samo Gudo from Escopil Internacional spoke about the challenges of building a private hospital in a country with limited resources such as Mozambique. Subsequent sessions focused around financing hospitals and health centres.

Rachel Gikanga from PSP4H spoke about the design and development of a unique business skills training for clinicians called ’Unleashing the Entrepreneurial Spirit‘; a training programme piloted across Kenya during which clinicians are trained on cash flow management, inventory management and customer care.

The summit concluded with a presentation by Dr Amit Thakker who shared with the delegates the initiative that EAHF and other healthcare federations are trying to establish: a unified private healthcare sector across Africa.

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