Gearing up for a return to in-person business after last year’s fully online offering, Africa Health is expected to host over 8000 people representing 56 countries. “We will bring together healthcare industry influencers and thought leaders from various disciplines to facilitate the advancement of healthcare in the region,” says Cynthia Makarutse, event organiser for the 11th annual event.
With Africa’s economies and health systems beginning to recover from the devastating COVID-19 pandemic, the region’s focus must once again return to meeting the healthcare standards set out in the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals. These include improving maternal care, reducing child mortality rates and achieving continent-wide universal health coverage (UHC).
Similarly, to achieve the sustainable development goals to which African nations have committed – especially goal three, which envisions UHC, good health and well-being across all ages by 2030 – Africa will have to prioritise the accessibility, quality and resilience of its healthcare systems. Despite bearing 25% of the global disease burden, Africa is served by only 2% of the world’s healthcare professionals.
The solutions to overcoming the continent’s health challenges are multifaceted and include the strengthening of health systems, committed leadership, human resources (quality and capacity), improving quality and incorporating technology into healthcare.
The congress will cater to the continent’s healthcare professionals and policymakers who will discuss the future of medicine, while also evaluating the latest disruptors driving the transformation of healthcare. Big conference themes this year include Localising the Supply Chain, Technology and Digital, The Evolving Role of Nurses, Innovation in Population Health, and Revamping Health Systems.
CPD-accredited clinical and leadership conference tracks, including quality management, public health, imaging and diagnostics, healthcare management and nursing, will enable delegates to earn CPD points for attending.
Africa Health 2022 will include a Transformation Zone in which trailblazers who are revolutionising healthcare across the continent share their thoughts on the biggest issues driving industry and explore strategies for meaningful innovation within the African context.
“For the first time, the Africa Health Conference will offer a Product Showcases session in which select small and medium-sized health care companies showcase their latest innovative solutions and leading-edge products,” says Makarutse.
The event promises to provide a vibrant networking platform upon which to present the latest offerings and innovations.