Regional healthcare forum set for TZ

November 11, 2010
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, NAIROBI, Kenya Nov 11- Regional healthcare and medical leaders will meet with policy makers in Dar-es-Salaam during the second edition of the East Africa Medical and Health Fair slated for December 2-3 to market their facilities and discuss private health.

The spokesman of the fair Dismas Mokua said delegates drawn from both the private and public sectors will discuss access to capital, review policy and regulatory frameworks, tax incentives and interventions besides coming up with a common agenda on medical devices acquisition.

"Healthcare leadership and professionals will use this fair to engage with experts in structured conversations on role of private health in Africa, adopt best practices, create regional private sector driven  partnerships that are expected to translate to high quality affordable healthcare for East Africa,’’ Mr Mokua said.

Delegates will interact with finance experts to examine the role of private equity funds and venture capital in expansion of private healthcare facilities alongside the role of conventional banking.

Mr Mokua said private sector players would engage with experts and develop a regional strategy on how to surmount challenges affecting the growth of private healthcare in Africa including acquisition of medical devices and equipment.

The agenda will also include discussions around policy and regulatory environment in the East Africa member states and need to develop a common agenda in the acquisition of medical devices.

Access to medical devices continues to be a major obstacle and the healthcare leadership will seek to develop solutions based on their discussions with devices manufacturers.

"We have delegations from America and Europe who will use the fair as a source of market intelligence,’’ he said.

The fair will explore opportunities for cross pollination within regional facilities and review best practices.

"Delegates from member states will have the opportunity to market their products and services to facilitate utilization of regional facilities,’’ said Mokua.

Delegates are drawn from hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, investors, financiers, suppliers, academia and media from the East African region.

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