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Largest African Healthcare Congress to focus on collaborative innovation

by Agencies
04 Apr 2016 at 15:07hrs | Views
Addressing the continents biggest emerging healthcare trends
04 April 2016: Solving Africa's biggest healthcare challenges requires a collaborative approach between governments, healthcare professionals and specialists, as well as with industry leaders launching new techniques and technologies to the market. From 8-10 June 2016, regional and international healthcare professionals and medical experts will gather at the 6th annual Africa Health Exhibition & Congress taking place at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, to address these challenges.

Hosted by Informa Life Sciences Exhibitions, Africa Health is the continent's largest healthcare exhibition and is the ultimate platform for healthcare professionals and medical experts across Africa to share their insights into addressing the continents specific healthcare needs, while keeping updated on the latest developments in medical science.

The event is expected to attract more than 7000 healthcare professionals and will play host to more than 500 of the world's leading healthcare suppliers, manufacturers and service providers. Over 160 regional and international presenters will speak at 17 CPD accredited conferences over the duration of the congress. This year's event includes numerous new conferences such as the South African Preventive Medicine Conference (in association with SAPHMA) and the Clinical Engineering Conference (in association with CEASA & IFMBE), amongst others.

Delegates will also be turning their attention to solutions for dealing with some of the continent's deadliest diseases; digital healthcare – strategies for navigating the changing healthcare technology landscape; regional initiatives to promoting access to affordable healthcare in various African regions; emerging healthcare trends; as well as discussions on innovations and solutions to providing quality healthcare on the African continent.

The event will host distinguished local and international speakers and industry leaders, which include, amongst others;
- Dr Jide Idris, Commissioner for Health, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Lagos, Nigeria
- Haruna Jibil, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana
- Dr Gerald Gwinji, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health and Child Care, Ministry of Health Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe
- Prof Melvyn Freeman, Director, Department of Health, Johannesburg, South Africa

According to Jamie Hill, Director at Informa Life Sciences Group Africa, the event will focus on some of the major healthcare challenges faced by developing countries in Africa, which will include; maternal health, non-communicable diseases, controlling disease outbreaks, telemedicine and the role it plays in Africa, amongst others.
Numerous sponsors promise to update delegates on the latest advancements in medical technology. Speakers representing over 50 countries will address the key areas within the medical sector.
"Dräger is proud to participate again at Africa Health and to be a Gold Sponsor of the event. It's the right platform for us to show our latest innovations and solutions to the African market. We're looking forward to fruitful discussion during the three days of the show," adds Marius Fourie, Managing Director, Dräger South Africa (Pty) Ltd.
Africa Health 2016 promises to live up to its reputation of being the largest healthcare exhibition in Africa. Attracting thousands of healthcare professionals from around the globe, the exhibition will focus on the healthcare challenges of African countries.
"The health sector in Africa has realised that a new strategy and approach is needed. Ultimately, the goal is to maximise value for patients by ensuring that the best health outcomes are achieved at the lowest possible cost. Our aim is to position Africa Health as a platform for African healthcare professionals and medical specialists to share their expertise on some of the latest emerging healthcare trends, as well working towards solving some of the continents greatest healthcare problems," concludes Hill.
Africa Health is supported by The Clinical Engineering Association of South Africa (CEASA), Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA), Sothern African Health Technology Assessment Society (SAHTAS), Academy of Nursing South Africa (ANSA), Alliance of South African Independent Practitioners Associations (ASAIPA), Association of Private Health Facilities in Tanzania (APHFTA), Burundi Healthcare Federation, CSSD Forums of South Africa (CFSA), East Africa Healthcare Federation (EAHF), Eloquent Learning Health, Infection Control Society of Southern Africa (ICSSA), International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE - Clinical Engineering Division), Kenya Healthcare Federation, Rwanda Healthcare Federation, SA Federation for Mental Health, The South African Public Health Medicine Association (SAPHMA), South African Society of Medical Managers (SASMM), Uganda Healthcare Federation (UF) and Gauteng Tourism Authority.

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Source - Agencies