Health Care Federation of Nigeria

NHIS meeting ABujaThe National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) was formally launched in 2005 as a vehicle for increased access to affordable and quality health care.

Though armed with the mandate to achieve universal health coverage, it covers only 4.5 million people (approx.) or less than 4% of the population.

Of this figure, majority of the enrolled citizens are federal government employees through the formal sector social health insurance scheme.

HFN at East Africa Health Summit in London in May 2015The EAHF Conference was held on the 17th to 19th of May, 2015. It was a platform to discuss and encourage the region’s governments to carry out reform programmes that would spur public-private partnerships in health care with major focus on healthcare and technology, financing opportunities for health care, enabling and encouraging operating environment and other related topics.

On hand to represent the HFN was the Executive Secretary, Dr Itunu Akinware. In her presentation, she examined the Ebola Response in Nigeria.

IFC Global Private Healthcare ConferenceBetween May 12th and 13th, 2015, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) hosted the Global Private Healthcare Conference for leaders in the health care industry from developed and emerging markets to exchange ideas, knowledge and best practices. The conference proved to be an opportunity at forging new relationships and strengthening existing ones. The HFN was ably represented by a 13-man delegation led by members of the Executive Committee.

The 2015 event – themed ‘Global Challenges, Local Experiences’ – served to pull together experiences from the different parts of the world with the aim of applying those experiences to the respective contexts of the participants.

ebola roundtableOn the 4th May, 2015, a ‘Roundtable Discussion on Ebola Experience in Nigeria’ jointly organised by the World Bank Group and World Economic Forum in collaboration with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) held to discuss Nigeria’s recent experience with the Ebola epidemic and the lessons learnt there-from for future national and regional public-private action. . The Healthcare Federation of Nigeria (HFN) was invited to this closed door meeting to discuss issues surrounding the Ebola pandemic. Other participants include the Dangote Group, Tony Elumelu Foundation and Heirs Holdings, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria, amongst others.

At the Africa Health Summit  The African continent – one of the richest in natural endowments – has experienced significant economic achievements within the past decade. This is as a result of the investment boom splattered across the landscape of the continent. Resultant of the foregoing, the healthcare industry in Sub-Saharan Africa has seen significant growth due to the introduction of new technologies with forecasted market value of 35 billion dollars by 2016. This has opened new vistas for healthcare development riding on the back of domestic and international investment and an ever-increasing demand for healthcare.

The 3rd Africa Health Summit was recently held in London from February 26th-27th, 2015.The Summit brought together large delegations of government ministers, senior hospital directors and healthcare professionals in Africa to Europe to network with international healthcare experts, investors, and solution providers.

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