Regional forum to discuss adoption of tech to transform health

Health and technology players will meet in Nairobi in March for this year’s East Africa Edition of the Africa Healthcare Supply Chain Dialogue.

  Ministers of Health from five East African countries, tech leaders, multilateral agencies, financial sector, the East African Community (EAC) secretariat, and donor organisations will deliberate on how technology can be adopted to boost healthcare delivery through partnerships between the private sector and public institutions. 

 “Healthcare is one of the sectors hardest hit by supply chain challenges during the Covid pandemic,” said Bramuel Mwalo chief executive officer of Xetova, a Pan-African tech firm behind the forum.

  “Stakeholders in health service provision including governments and industry players can leverage technology to mitigate against risk, build efficiencies and resilience moving forward, and this forms the core objective of this event.”

Other organisers of the summit, which will start from February 22, 2022, include Kenya’s Ministry of Health and leading mobile operator Safaricom.

  Mr Mwalo noted that the pandemic accelerated adoption of data and AI in the health sector, adding that now is the time to address issues touching on access, efficiency and inform investments, not only in Africa but across the globe.

Safaricom Chief Enterprise Business Officer Kris Senanu said the technology is central to driving transformation in healthcare.

  “Technology continues to make a positive impact in the provision of healthcare and Safaricom continues to invest in a systems strengthening approach as part of our contribution towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal of achieving good health and well-being,” Mr Senanu noted.

 Some of the sessions at the summit are the ministerial roundtable on re-imagining healthcare supply chains post Covid-19 “for health security and resilience”.

There will also be plenary sessions on shaping and leading healthcare supply chains and redefining the pathway to better well-resourced healthcare systems that work for Africa.

   “Universal Health Coverage (UHC) has become a policy priority for our government, aiming to ensure that every citizen has access to quality healthcare services that they need without getting into financial difficulties or poverty,” Health CAS Mercy Mwangangi noted.

 “To progress towards UHC, we are working with partners to support a strong, reliable and efficient management of healthcare supply chains which is crucial in enhancing health security, ensuring optimised resource utilisation and the proper implementation of Universal Healthcare Coverage programmes in the country and we hope these successes can be adopted by sister African governments.”

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