Entrepreneurship in the New Health Economy (in partnership with the World Health Organization Africa Innovation Challenge)

22 Oct 2021
10:00-11:30

Entrepreneurship in the New Health Economy (in partnership with the World Health Organization Africa Innovation Challenge)

This registration is for the all sessions of the 7th WIF 2021. All events occur in Geneva Time (CET, GMT+2).

 

Date: Friday, 22 October 2021
Time: 10:00-11:30

Unlocking digital health innovation in Africa

As Covid-19 is accelerating countries’ digital health reform, and governments comprehend the complexities of delivering health care in a decentralized market, the opportunity to improve Africa’s weak health care infrastructure should not be lost. Africa’s health care can be greatly improved through digital innovation and the pandemic offers an extraordinary opportunity to accomplish this reset. The fastest-growing mobile ecosystem on earth should be leveraged. Indeed, 70% of the continent has mobile coverage with 3G connection and 30% with 4G networks.

The growth of e-health digital platforms and the provision of medical insurance through mobile innovation, and the adoption of new technologies by medical workers and citizens are dependent on the continent’s entrepreneurship ecosystems.

As such, the objective of this session is to discuss the role of entrepreneurship and micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in the development of the new health economy in Africa. Experts will share practical experiences and insights on challenges and opportunities MSMEs face in the health sector, including in responding to the current pandemic crisis. They will also debate on policy reforms needed to enhance the role of entrepreneurship in that sector to advance the SDG agenda.

Issues to be addressed:

  • How can digital health start-ups in Africa be scaled up?
  • How can entrepreneurs contribute to the delivery of e-health services in rural Africa?
  • How can governmental institutions and policy support the participation of start-ups and MSMEs in health care?

Event Manager: Mr. Philippe Rudaz
Contact email: Philippe.Rudaz@unctad.org