11 Feb Africa Business: Health Forum Receives Endorsement From Heads of States and Business Community
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Feb. 11 /CSRwire/ – The Africa Business: Health Forum continues to receive support and endorsement from Heads of States and business leaders across Africa with the event taking place tomorrow, February 12th in Addis Abba, Ethiopia
Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus; Chairperson GAVI, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; and Executive Director, UNAIDS, Michel Sidibe, are some of the eminent personalities confirmed to participate in the high-level dialogue at the first annual African Business: Health Forum.
Heads of States and business leaders will converge to examine opportunities to accelerate economic development and growth of the continent through a healthcare reform agenda that focuses on the well-being of employees for a more active and productive workforce.
The forum will take place on the margins of the 32nd African Union Summit and will unify Africa’s key decision makers in exploring opportunities for catalysing growth in the continent’s economy, through business partnerships to invest in the health sector.
A joint initiative by GBCHealth, Aliko Dangote Foundation and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), AB:HF will explore solutions to Africa’s health challenges with the objective of driving business leadership, strengthening partnerships, and facilitating investments to change the face of healthcare in Africa.
“African leaders now have a stronger sense of urgency to combat the lack of quality health care that Africans endure. The inequality of healthcare available to Africans compared to people in other parts of the globe is vast and unacceptably pervasive. With the cooperation of both the public and private sectors, there is a huge potential to boost health outcomes with significant financial gains,” says Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, Co-Chair GBCHealth.
Aliko Dangote, President, Dangote Group and Chairman, Aliko Dangote Foundation, said: “African Business: Health Forum, promises to be a game changer. Our goal is to mobilize private sector capabilities to save millions of lives by focusing on innovation, partnerships, advocacy, and impact investments.”
Key highlights of the forum will include the launch of the African Business Coalition for Health (ABCHealth) and the Healthcare and Economic Growth in Africa Report. The coalition aims to mobilize a core group of private sector champions through a coordinated platform to advance health outcomes and shape health systems across Africa.
Findings from the Healthcare and Economic Growth report highlight a healthcare financing gap of $66 billion, and conversely a prediction of $259 billion economic gain from public private partnership investments in Health, amongst other statistics will also be presented.
Conversations at the forum will centre on the great debate of health as a major economic driver; domestic mobilization of funds for health; and transforming the healthcare landscape with research and innovation.
The AB:HF is being organized by GBCHealth, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), and Aliko Dangote Foundation, with the objective of driving business leadership, strengthening partnerships, and facilitating investments to change the face of healthcare in Africa.