With the increasing advancements in the field of healthcare, Africa has been the source of many unrecognised medical breakthroughs in the past, from scientific discoveries to traditional medicine this continent is determined to make its mark in the field of medicine and providing quality healthcare to all.
Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for 13% of the world’s population, yet bears 24% of the global disease burden and has only 2% of the world’s doctors. The grim health situation is the result of a crisis in healthcare investments in the continent; with only 1% of the world’s health expenditure being used in sub-Saharan Africa.
African health systems is imposed by the high burden of life-threatening communicable diseases coupled with increasing rates of non-communicable diseases such as hypertension and coronary heart disease and is the reason amongst the top causes of death in the region. Only 58% of people living in sub-Saharan Africa have access to safe water supplies and good medical services.
Since 1994, South Africa has invested substantial resources in health care services. As a result, it’s has made significant health gains, nearly 4 million people get HIV treatment and mother-to-child transmission has nearly been eliminated.
Africa is heavily resource constrained, a lot of money is spent on treatment abroad that could have instead helped develop capacity locally. There is an urgent need for partnerships between government and private healthcare providers across Africa. While there is now the realisation that in the long term, African countries cannot afford this money going overseas, getting countries to develop healthcare at home to restrict medical tourism is an uphill struggle.
National Health Insurance (NHI) is a financing system which is going to be implemented in phases over a 14-year period that started in 2012, it covers the entire South Africa by providing access to a comprehensive set of health benefits through the creation of a single NHI Fund, this funding mechanism ensures income cross-subsidisation between rich and poor, the healthy and the sick, employed and unemployed, and young and old.
Digital Healthcare, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the next step to channelize the healthcare in a substantial manner, the advent of technology, especially internet and internet-enabled services, has made it much easier for countries in Africa to provide healthcare services to its citizens.
Technology is helping in shaping healthcare experience, from EMR and patient self-tracking to informatics and minimally invasive procedures. Healthcare is getting technologically advanced and is providing the path for an effective and efficient healthcare environment in Africa.
With the increasing necessity and investment in the Improved Healthcare services in the African region , Bricsa Consulting is organising 2nd Healthcare and Technology Africa, a two-day closed-door program which will focus on the immense opportunities in the region while keeping in mind the opening it will provide to the private sectors in order to enter the market. We look forward to welcoming the key decision makers from both public and private sectors to enable this programme to be a successful effort towards a sustainable future.