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. After a long but fruitful day, all delegates were invited to dinner – sponsored by GE Healthcare – to continue their networking activities on a more informal note.

Thursday started with a morning session on excellence and quality. First up was Mr. Keith Bonsall from Halcyon Management Services. He looked at the definition of the term “excellence” and asked the question if Africa can achieve this in hospital patient care. What should the priorities and KPA’s be? He was followed by JJ Van Dongen, senior VP at Philips Africa, who delivered a case study of healthcare centres and healthcare delivery in remote areas by showing us the example of the Community Life Center in Githurai Lang’ata and the impact this center had on the local community.

And to accommodate the even more remote areas, there is AMREF Flying Doctors. Dr. Joseph Lelo, CMO of this organization showed the delegates how AMREF Flying Doctors helps patients in the most rural areas reach good hospitals to receive urgent medical treatment. A real eye opener was that these services didn’t only include bringing a patient from a rural area to the big city within the same country, but even flying patients from Nigeria all the way to Jordan to receive necessary care.

Last speaker before the morning networking break was Dr. Terence Moodley from Medtronic, who showed us the different solutions Medtronic has to offer and how they integrate all different aspects in order to deliver value for all parties involved.

After the break, the topic shifted again towards planning and design. First, Cedric De Angelo from GE Healthcare gave a very lively presentation about which pitfalls should be avoided when designing a new healthcare center. This was followed by an interesting and detailed presentation from Sakhiwo Health Solutions, where Ms. Etha van der Schyf and Ms. Edwina Fleming 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 the strategic planning through to the operational level.

Right before lunch, Dr. Joel Samo Gudo from Escopil Internacional, shared some information about the challenges of building a private hospital in a limited resources country such as Mozambique. He then invited all delegates to lunch, sponsored by Escopil Internacional.

The afternoon sessions focused around financing of hospitals and health centers. Ms. Kerry Williams and Ms. Alexandra Felekis from Webber Wentzel analyzed PPPs in the healthcare sector and looked at 2 examples from South Africa: the Luthuli hospital in KZN and the Mamohato hospital in Lesotho.

This was followed by first hand insights into a new hospital project that Mesquita Group is planning to build in Beira, in the north of Mozambique. The project manager, Mr. Hugo Paraskeva, shed light on their initial plans for the new private hospital, what had already been discussed and what they were still looking for.

After this call for partners to realize the new Maisha Hospital project, a side step was made to a more HR and training oriented topic. Ms. 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 in across Kenya during which clinicians are trained on cash flow management, inventory management and customer care.

Following a final networking break, Dr. Adedayo Osholowu from Iheoo Partners in Nigeria brought attention back to financing and PPP opportunities, not only in Nigeria but across Africa. He opened the way to the closing discussion panel where finance and investment experts – Dr. Adedayo Sobamowo, Managing Partner at Hermes Consulting; Mr. Matthew Myers, Director and Actuary Africa Market at Leapfrog Investment and Mr. Denis Sireyjol, Regional Director at Proparco (part of Agence Française de Développement) – shared their knowledge and insights, led by Mr. Ron Margalit, MD of Lonomics.

Finally, Dr. Amit Thakker, chairman of the second day, closed the summit and shared with the delegates as well the initiative that EAHF and other healthcare federations are trying to establish: a unified private healthcare sector across Africa.

Lnoppen and EAHF thank all our supporters, eminent speakers, participants and last but not least, the sponsors who made this event possible: GE Healthcare, BCG Engineering/Wutivi Consultores, Sakhiwo Health Solutions, Philips, Escopil Internacional, Biolitec, Hill-Rom, Acelity, Serenus, Linet, Medtronic, Fanem, Medhold, Perino, Xuhua Medical, Delta P, Busch, Syncera and Advantech.

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