Monday, 19 October 2015

3rd Annual Africa Hospital Expansion Summit

3rd Annual Africa Hospital Expansion Summit
Dear Participants of the “3rd Annual Africa Hospital Expansion Summit” For the third consequent year, LNoppen organised in partnership with EAHF the Africa Hospital Expansion Summit. After 2 successful years in South Africa and Zambia, the 3rd edition took place in Mozambique, where the government is having big plans for new public hospitals and where also private operators such as Lenmed Health are looking for further expansion.

The 3rd Annual Africa Hospital Expansion Summit featured over 30 prominent industry leaders, providing informative and inspiring discussions pertaining to the current needs and the future development of the industry in the region. Global and local healthcare groups, hospitals, developers, investors, construction companies, architects, financial institutes, associations, consultants and solution providers were invited to discuss the upcoming and the existing projects, investment possibilities, innovative healthcare financing methods, trends and technology updates as well as quality of care.

While there were a number of outstanding speakers at the event, a special thanks goes to the Chairpersons of the summit, Ms. Kerry Williams from Webber Wentzel and Mr. Amit Thakker from KHF. They stood out by demonstrating that an event with such a crowded agenda can be run smoothly. The 2015 conference kicked off on Tuesday evening already with a welcome cocktail, sponsored by the BCG Engineering Group.

Then on Wednesday morning, the summit was officially declared opened by Ms. Elenia Macamo Amado, National Deputy Director For Medical Assistance, Ministry Of Health, Mozambique. After Mrs. Amado’s welcome words, Dr. Thakker gave the first presentation, looking at healthcare across Africa, highlighting the current challenges and pitfalls African countries are still dealing with today. This holistic overview was a great start to the conference and gave way to a presentation focused on the situation in the host country: Mozambique. Dr. Joao Fumane, Director General of Hospital Central de Maputo shared insights into the current situation of this national referral hospital and the plans and projects they have for the future to ensure that this hospital is/will become a state-of-art specialized hospital with modern clinical procedures and management. After a first tea break, focus shifted to telemedicine and eHealth and Ms. Faith Muigai, Chief Medical Officer at Jacaranda Health gave a very clear and impressive outline of the different systems and approaches used at Jacaranda and how it has helped improve quality of care and reduce costs.

The morning session was concluded by Dr. Harinder Singh Sidhu from Apollo Hospitals Group in India. He presented a case study of how India 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. After lunch, our eminent speakers looked at the importance of design and planning to ensure adequate quality of care for the patients. While Mr. Sander Vorselman and Mr. Mario Macaringue from Royal HaskoningDHV showed us case studies of general hospital design and introduced the delegates with the Dutch “schillen-method”, Mr. Enrico Nunziata, CEO at the BCG Engineering Group looked more in detail at medical equipment planning during the design of a new hospital.

The next session featured Dr. Ian Clarke, Chairman of EAHF and Uganda HF, Dr. Uma Nambiar, Technical Advisor to the Minister of Health of Djibouti and Dr. Amit Thakker, chairman of Kenya HF. Together they looked at healthcare financing, hospital membership plans and universal health insurance and they shared knowledge and insight from experiences within their respective countries. After the last tea break of Day One, Mr. Jïří Plecitý, regional manager of Middle East and Africa at Linet, continued in the financing mode and looked at the total cost of ownership of medical equipment.

The day was then concluded by a Ministry panel, led by Dr. Harinder Singh Sidhu from Apollo Hospitals. He moderated the discussion between Dr. Carlos Alberto Masseca, Secretary of State at Ministry of Health of Angola ; Dr. Uma Nambiar, the Technical Advisor to the Minister of Health of Djibouti ; Ms. Elenia Macamo Amado, National Deputy Director For Medical Assistance at the Ministry Of Health of Mozambique ; and Dr. Mohamed Mostapha Ibrahim El Teriaky, Technical Advisor to the Ministry of Health and Population of Egypt. Read More...


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