The 4th annual East Africa Healthcare Federation (EAHF) conference will be hosted by the Rwanda Healthcare Federation (RHF) in Kigali, Rwanda from 17-19th May, 2015 and will focus on “The role of the private sector in financial sustainability of healthcare delivery systems.“

Healthcare is a public good and governments have a responsibility to ensure its equitable provision. Yet in most countries in sub-Saharan Africa, those on higher incomes are more likely to have access to public-sector health services than the poorest people. Only 25% of the region’s population has access to any kind of quality health care with few exceptions such as Rwanda where 95% of the population have access to healthcare through Mutelle De Sante, a Community-Based Health Insurance system that was expanded from a pilot project to a successful national system in 2003.

The reasons for inconsistent access to healthcare include prohibitive public policy, lack of investments, low public spending, poor quality of services and limited inclusive mechanisms for pooling risks and resources. At the same time, there has been growing interest and acceptance of the private sector in the broader global development agenda. In fact, in most African countries, the private sector provides a considerable part of care for the poor, but the private sector is often neglected.We need a vision for effective health markets that reflects supply and demand as well as the choices made by citizens.

The Agenda

Throughout Africa, the provision of health care is limited by population growth, poor infrastructure, and lack of sufficient funding, among other obstacles. The continent bears over one quarter of the „global disease burden“ – a United Nations measure of mortality due to disease.

Government and the private sector must work hand in hand, sit together, plan together and share a common objective and strategy.

According to a report carried out by the IFC & Worlds bank, many of the problems lie with inefficiencies and a lack of oversight within African governments. In 39 of the 45 countries studied, a policy of private sector engagement exists, but only 12 have implemented those policies. The study also found that only six of the countries maintain a complete registry of health facilities and only five carry out inspections of private facilities.

This conference is a platform to openly discuss and encourage the East African governments to carry out reform programs that would foster public-private partnerships in financial sustainability of health care delivery.

We aim to engage  governments to develop effective policies and interventions to stimulate  the private health sector as well as simplify regulations and faciliate open dialogue so that private sector activities are better understood.


  • It was a pleasure to add to the discussion on private sector involvement in delivering health services
    Daun FestPSI Tunza Social Enterprise Director
  • It was an honor to present in such a successful conference
    Joyce Wanderi – MainaPS Kenya, Chief Operating Officer
  • It was an honor and a pleasure to be participating in an event as professional as this
    John PrinslooCountry Manager, Middle Africa
  • This was one of the best EAHF Conferences I have attended due in large part to your vision and the team.  I am glad I was able to play a small role in its success
    Barbara O’HanlonSenior Partner, Insight Health Advisors
  • Congratulations on a superb conference and excellent program!  What an amazing networking opportunity and I enjoyed interacting with many of the delegates from all over East and West Africa
    Sandhya Pruthi, M.D.,Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic
  • The conference was superb and lots of learning and networking. I pledge the continued support to ensure the work of the private sector in health is acknowledged and adds value
    Joyce TamaleManaging Director, Uganda Health Marketing Group
  • We greatly appreciated the platform you offered us and the connections we’ve made as a result. We look forward to staying connected to the UHF team and finding future areas of collaboration.
    Patricia OderoRegional Director, East Africa, SEAD/Innovations in Healthcare
  • It was an absolute pleasure to work with you, and congratulations on an excellent conference, it was very interesting, well organized (only 15 minutes late each day!!) and great networking as always. We will continue our support to Tanzania next year.
    Nicole SpiekerDirector Quality PharmAccess
  • In my view it was one of the best EAHF conferences so far. Congrats to the whole team.
    Dr. Nelson GitongaCEO & Lead Consultant, Insight Health Advisors Ltd
  • It was great being with you all there.  I felt my presence there was simply a fulfilment of my responsibility to the country and in fact wished time was the best partner so that we could have shared a little more.  I thank you and the team for organizing that very successful conference
    Dr. Sam Orochi OrachExecutive Secretary, Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau
  • First, it was a great organization with good volume and diversity of participants. We were praising the fact it was fully locally managed, and so well. Felicitations
    Emre OzcanAdvisor on Global Operational Partnerships and Health Innovations, GAVI
  • What a privilege to participate in such a wonderful and successful event.  I appreciated the organization of the event from inception to completion.  I know it takes a lot of efforts to coordinate highly qualified and professional meetings.  I found the sessions to be very informative and thought provoking.  I also appreciated the diversity that involved east African countries, who have valuable contributions to share experiences.  What an added value to invite those high caliber professionals who shared their knowledge and expertise with a flavor of the presence of highly recognized officials!
    Dawit HailuManaging Director, Wudaussie Diagnostic Center, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • We are all proud of UHF- the success of the conference was a result of hard work that your team put into it all!
    Samwell OgilloCEO, APHTA

Rwanda hosts EAHF Conference 2015


Prime Minister of Rwanda, Hon. Anastase Murekezi, addresses the participants during the opening ceremony of EAHF Conference 2015

Rwanda Healthcare Federation hosted the East African Healthcare Federation (EAHF) Conference 2015 in Kigali, Rwanda from 17th– 19th May, 2015 at a Rwanda hotel. The Conference’s theme was ‘The Role of the Private Sector in Financial sustainability of Healthcare Delivery Systems.’

The conference was organized into different sessions where different issues within the health sector got to be addressed, among them innovative models for access to healthcare; new regional trends in technology and health; aligning partnership with the private sector (PPPs); Regulations and government policies; Community empowerment through healthcare; Role played by the Private Sector in the Ebola epidemic; Competitive edge improving financial sustainability; Emerging trends in medical travel and tourism; and Key health priorities In the East African region.


Dr. Amit N. Thakker, CEO-KHF walks in with the Hon. Anastase Murekezi, Prime Minister of Rwanda for the Opening Ceremony

There was a good representation of delegates from all 5 East African countries among them participants from both the private and public sectors. With their participation in the two days, the outcomes from the conference were as follows: Reinforcing Public Private Dialogue in the healthcare industry in Rwanda; Improved harmonization of regulation at regional level for the healthcare industry Increase investment in the; Rwanda healthcare industry through collaboration with regional and national enterprises(private healthcare facilities, diagnostic centers, laboratories, pharmaceutical distributors, and improved benefit packages offered by the insurance industry); Defining the roadmap in achieving universal healthcare coverage in EAC; Human Resources for health; improved collaboration with academia and higher education facilities within EAC that will improve the skill based and the quantity of healthcare within Rwanda which will directly impact on increased inbound medical travel .


(L-R) Danny Mutembe, Conference Director 2015, Hon. Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, Minister of Health- Rwanda, Dr. Amit N. Thakker, CEO- KHF

From the desk of the EAHF 2015 Conference Director

“We are excited to be the hosting nation for the 2015 EAHF Conference. This event provides a perfect opportunity to discuss major business opportunities in the health arena in our growing economy with regional, continental and international partners. Rwanda Healthcare Federation, the voice of the non-state actors of Health in Rwanda warmly welcomes all of you to our event in May 2015”

Danny Mutembe
Conference Director
EAHF Conference 2015

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About the  EAHF 2015 Conference

The 4th annual East Africa Healthcare Federation (EAHF) conference will be hosted by the Rwanda Healthcare Federation (RHF) in Kigali, Rwanda from 17th-19th May, 2015. This conference is a platform to openly discuss and encourage the regions governments to carry out reform programs that would foster public-private partnerships in health care and will focus on:

  • The new landscape of global health
  • Financing opportunities for healthcare providers
  • New trends in innovation and technology in healthcare
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Strengthening relationship with development partners
  • Enabling regulatory environment
  • Success stories within the region
  • Towards universal health coverage

The objective of the conference is to lobby & encourage governments to avoid burdensome interventions on the private health sector, to simplify regulations and to open dialogue so private sector activities are better understood.




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Guest of Honor

Hon. Anastase Murekezi

Prime Minister of Rwanda


Hon. Dr. Agnes Bingwaho

Ministry of Health, Rwanda

Dr. Jean Nyirinkwaya

Rwanda Healthcare Federation

Mr. Thomas Feeny

Programme Manager
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Mr. Danny Mutembe

Conference Director 2015
Rwanda Healthcare Federation

Dr. Amit N. Thakker

Kenya Healthcare Federation
Founder, Avenue Group

Dr. Gerard Ngendahimana

Secretary General and Acting CEO
Rwanda Healthcare Federation

Pierre Claver Niyonizigiye

Administrator, Siphar Pharmaceutical Manufacturers

Prof. Khama Rogo

Lead Health Specialist Africa
IFC / World Bank

Mr. Kwasi Boahene

Director Advocacy and Resource Mobilization
PharmAccess Foundation

Dr. Susann Roth

Officer in Charge, Health Sector Group Secretariat

Dr. Deekana Tipchanta

International Relations Lecturer
Mahidol University International College, Thailand

Hon. Francis Gatare

Rwanda Development Board

Mr. Mbogo Bunyi

Chief of Party

Mrs. Ilaria Donati

Health Policy Expert
Free Lance Consultant

Mrs. Grace Ssali

Deputy Chairperson
Uganda Healthcare Federation Board

Dr Prince Bosco Kanani

Vice Chairman
Rwanda Healthcare Federation (RHF)

Mr. Konde Bugingo

BRD Commercial Bank

Mr. Roelof Assies

Managing Director
Philips East Africa

Mr. Hubert Ruzibiza

Head of Services Development
Rwanda Development Board

Mrs. Millicent Olulo

Country Director, PharmAccess Kenya
Program Director, SafeCare Kenya

Dr. Joel L. Zive

Specialty Pharmacy Manager
Walgreens USA

Dr. Agnes Gatome-Munyua

Health Financing Advisor

Mr. Isaiah Okoth

General Manager
GE Healthcare East Africa

Mr. James Mwanzia

Chief of Party,
FUNZOKenya Project, IntraHealth International

Dr. Ahmed Kalebi

Group Managing Director/CEO
Lancet Laboratories

Dr. Nazir Arab


Dr. Itunu Akinware

Executive Secretary
Healthcare Federation of Nigeria

Mr. Jan Schmitz-Huebsch

Director of Business Development and Projects
Munich Health Daman Holding (MHDH)

Dr. Nathan Kenya-Mugisha

Uganda Medical Association

Dr. Moutiatou Toukourou Tidjani

National Pharmacists Council, Benin

Mr. Ali Sani

Professional Officer-Planning,
West African Health Organisation (WAHO)

Mrs. Bettina Brunner

Francophone Africa Regional Manager,
ABT Associates / SHOPS(USAID)

Dr. Edwin Mbugua Maina

Senior Program Manager
Concern Worldwide

Mr. Emmanuel Katongole

Cipla Quality Chemical Industries Ltd

Dr. Patricia Odero

Regional Director - East Africa
IPIHD (International Partnership for Innovative Health Delivery)

Dr. Lennie Bazira Kyomuhangi - Igbodipe

Interim CEO
Amref Health Africa

Dr. Jean Dieudonné Gatsinga

Rwanda Private Practionar‎ies’s Association

Mrs. Marie Therese Niyomwungeri

Rwanda Private Dispeneries Association

Dr Kaushik Ramaiya

Shree Hindu Mandal Hospital, Dar es Salaam

Ms. Donika Dimovska

Program Director
Results for Development Institute (R4D)

Dr. Alec Hansen

Competitiveness and Economic Strategy Advisor
FHI 360

Ms. June Victoria A. Omollo

Project Manager
Community Life Centres, Philips East Africa

Ms. Caroline Simumba

Executive Director
Africa Capacity Alliance

Dr. Moïse Kwasivi Fiadjoe

Director, Biasa Clinic
Founder, Biasa Clinic Fertility Center (Lomé, Togo)

Dr. Okello Aliker

The Dental Studio

Prof. Richard Seth Massana Lema

Vice Chairman , APHFTA
CEO Massana Hospital and Massana College of Nursing

Mr. Anup Das

Group CEO & MD
Mediheal Group

Dr. Shaunak Khandwala

Consultant IVF Specialist
Mediheal Group of Hospitals

Mr. Jesse Joseph

Health Systems Strengthening Team Leader
USAID/Rwanda’s Health Office

Dr. Herbert Turyagenda

General Manager
AAR Healthcare Uganda

Dr. Kanyenje Karangaita Gakombe

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director
Metropolitan Hospitals Limited.

Mrs. Judy Mugoya

Country Director
Smart Applications

Dr. Rogers Ayiko

Principal Health Systems and Policy Officer
EAC Secretariat

Mr. Peter Risha

Safecare Project Director
PharmAccess Foundation Tanzania

Conference Venue and Accommodation Options


Kigali Serena Hotel

Ideally located on one of Kigali’s most charming boulevards, the five-star Kigali Serena Hotel is built around a polished granite atrium, which showcases the very best of Rwandese cultural art.

Relaxed yet elegant, the hotel features an Executive Lounge and Bar, which opens onto a wide sundeck overlooking the newly refurbished swimming pool. Also overlooking the pool, the popular Milima Restaurant offers a wide range of all-day buffet choices, while the relaxed Sokoni Café offers inside and outside poolside seating.

Regarded by many as Kigali’s natural business hub, the hotel also boasts its own extensive conference centre, 500-seater auditorium and lavish ballroom.

Alternate Accomodation Options

Galaxy Hotel

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Hill View Hotel

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Stipp Hotel (Kyovu)

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Elevate Suites


For additional information on accommodation options, please click here

Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda


When visiting the ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’, one should not miss out on the magnificent opportunity to visit Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park (PNV) consisting of 125 km2 of mountain forest and home to the six Virunga Volcanoes and the world famous mountain gorillas. Protected within the PNV, the lushly forested slopes of the mountains form an appropriately dramatic natural setting for what is arguably the most poignant and memorable wildlife experience in the world: gorilla trekking.

The exhilarating climb to the gorilla’s natural habitat of shady bamboo forest offers fantastic views in all directions, before the trackers are immersed in the mysterious intimacy of the rainforest, alive with the calls of colourful birds and the chattering of rare golden monkey. Nothing can prepare one for the impact of encountering a fully-grown silverback gorilla, up to three times the size of an average man, yet remarkably peaceable and tolerant of human visitors.

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