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.
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.
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”
EAHF Conference 2015
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.
Guest of Honor
Hon. Anastase Murekezi
Prime Minister of Rwanda
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
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.