Cautious Optimism

Significant advancements in sub-Saharan Africa’s health care in the last decade are giving the International Finance Corporation’s Biju Mohandas “many reasons for optimism.”

4 “essential elements” are driving change:

  • Government-led efforts to achieve universal health coverage
  • Market-led consolidation of health care providers allowing economies of scale and freeing up salary dollars to attract professionals
  • Major private-equity investors injecting funds into brownfield and greenfield developments and better business strategies
  • Digital technology allowing for better data collection and telemedicine to further the reach of services to remote areas

“While a lot more remains to be done, Africa’s health-care sector is at an exciting crossroads,” Mohandas says. 

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