AfriHealth: Hospital staffers compose largest delegate group

With only few days left to the opening of the fourth annual AITEC AfriHealth conference, the continent’s leading forum to discuss management issues, technology and issues regarding universal access to medicare, senior hospital staffers drawn from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda currently constitute the largest percentage of confirmed delegates.

Doctors, senior hospitals administrative officers compose nearly 40 per cent of the delegates, with technologists and hospital information system specialists as well as academicians coming second, third and fourth respectively.

AITEC Africa and the United Nations University now say the conference, scheduled to open on November 30 at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC), will be a turning point for modern healthcare delivery in Africa.

“With senior doctors, academicians and healthcare technology vendors coming together, we have the right forum to propel telemedicine and push the case for eHealth,” said Sean Moroney, AITEC chair and also chairing of the AfriHealth the organizing committee.

Doctors and senior officials in Africa’s healthcare systems will get to share experiences with their contemporaries from other continents, including Dr George John, managing director of the renowned International Modern Hospital based in Dubai, Dr Sylvia Anie, director for social transformation programmes at the Commonwealth Secretariat, UK and Prof Dr Syed Aljunid, professor of Health Economics and Senior Research Fellow, United Nations University, among others.

Also gracing the conference is Professor Yunkap Kwankam, executive director of the International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth (ISfTeH) based in Switzerland.

AITEC Africa expects the number of doctors and other players in Healthcare systems in Africa confirming as delegates to triple by end of this week.

AfriHealth conferences are billed as important forums in the improvement of healthcare delivery in Africa, and in particular champion for greater use of ICTs in healthcare. Ericsson’s Healthcare division will be making a showcase at the conference for some of its latest technological advances in healthcare.

Information and Communications Permanent Secretary Dr Bitange

UN University's Prof Syed Aljunid, who will be among the speakers at AfriHealth

Ndemo, flanked by the directorate of  eGovernment boss Dr Katherine Getao and senior officers from Ministries of Health in multiple countries, are some of the high profile government representatives expected at the conference.