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As countries grow wealthier, models of healthcare provision and financing need to adapt to increasing expectations and new demands for healthcare. In many countries, there is growing interest in developing affordable universal health coverage. While this will bring important benefits it also creates challenges.
Universal Health Coverage will be high on the agenda at this year’s meeting, and rightly so. No country can say that it perfectly fulfils the World Health Organization definition of “access to key health interventions for all at an affordable cost, thereby achieving equity in access” and at least 60% of the world’s 192 countries are thought to be a long way off. Currently, more than one billion people lack access to even the most basic healthcare, and over 100 million are pushed into poverty each year through catastrophic healthcare costs.
We are one world; we are affected by the wellbeing of our neighbours and our business partners… The stories of human suffering coming out of West Africa are staggering. The human cost of this strange disease, immense. The fall-out of the epidemic is not just health-related. It is also economic.
Business has a fundamental role to play in the fight against Ebola. This was the sentiment put forward by Dr Anuschka Coovadia, Head of Healthcare at KPMG in South Africa. Coovadia was speaking at a dialogue titled “Business response to the Ebola outbreak” hosted by KPMG in conjunction with the Mail and Guardian Africa, the Graça Machel Trust, AGH Capital and the Southern Africa Trust.
The healthcare sector in Africa is considered a major growth opportunity for two main reasons: the tremendous health challenges that the continent faces, and the very serious deficiencies that still exist in Africa’s healthcare, compared to the rest of the world. The recent Ebola outbreak has put the sector in the spotlight. While some countries effectively met the challenge and were declared Ebola-free, some are still grappling with the horror of the epidemic.
The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that Ebola cases could reach the levels of 550 000 – 1.4 million by January 2015 if no additional interventions are made. The consequences will affect the global community, with Africa taking the biggest punch.
As infectious and parasitic diseases and perinatal dangers are brought under control in Africa, the continent’s mortality profile will increasingly come to resemble that of more advanced societies. At some point (which is still however some way off), non-communicable conditions like cancer, diabetes and heart failure will kill the most people, resulting in a complete change in the demands on healthcare systems.
Ebola has impacted several West African nations, but some have coped better than others. Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia have suffered particularly high losses of human life, whereas Nigeria and Senegal have responded relatively well, containing their outbreaks. What has been done differently and what can be learned from this tragic situation to help inform future healthcare policies and funding strategies?
ClinicCommunicator is a web-based app that partners with private hospitals and clinics to send automated SMS or email communications to patients. The app is used primarily to remind patients of upcoming appointments (thereby reducing queues and waiting times) and remind them to adhere to their medication schedule (particularly important with conditions such as HIV/Aids and diabetes). It is also used to solicit patient feedback so as to improve service offerings.
Over the past ten years, there has been an unprecedented growth globally – and in Africa in particular – in the number of people rising out of poverty to achieve middle-class status. This population, often referred to as the Middle of the Pyramid (MOP), has a significant disposable income meaning an increasing demand for healthcare. As countries grow wealthier, models of healthcare provision and financing need to adapt to increasing expectations and new demands for healthcare.
The most important trend for positively impacting healthcare in Africa is already underway: the steady rolling out of primary healthcare into ever more remote areas, providing vaccinations, clean water, midwife assistance and basic health advice to ever larger numbers of people.
Another important trend is taking place in Africa’s cities, where new private hospitals are providing outpatient services and the reassurance of quality emergency care to the new middle class.