The Association of Private Health Facilities in Tanzania (APHFTA), hosted the first East Africa Healthcare Federation Health and Scientific Conference between 26th and 28th February 2013.The conference took place at the Diamond Jubilee Hall in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and was organized to bring healthcare stakeholders from mainly the East African region to participate in knowledge sharing, propagating new advances in the healthcare industry and enhancing Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs). APHFTA organized the conference together with the Uganda Healthcare Federation (UHF) and the Kenya Healthcare Federation (KHF).
The main theme of the conference was “Improving quality of healthcare through Public-Private Partnerships”. Sub-themes discussed included Public-Private Partnerships in Maternal & Child Health”, “Universal Health Coverage through Public Private Partnerships”, “PPP in Malaria, Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS Control” and “Health Care Financing for Quality of Care Improvement”. Well-known professionals from within East Africa and abroad participated and presented scientific papers at the conference. Representatives from all the East African Healthcare Federations, government officials and a large umber of other related health institutions attended the conference as well. The anticipated outcome of the conference was a strengthened health agenda towards achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in Africa.