Nov 10, 2023
African Health Tech Summit 2023 Gathers Attendees From Around the World to Shape the Future of Digital Health
On October 17-19, The Commons Project (TCP) in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, met with key stakeholders in Kigali, Rwanda for the Africa Health Tech Summit (AHTS). The teams met with leaders from NGOs, funders, implementing partners, and governments, and conducted various plenary sessions. Altogether, AHTS held four co-creation workshops, three field visits, 25 sessions, and hosted over 50 speakers on various topics related to digital health in Africa and the financial inclusion of the youth and women.
Key Sessions convened by TCP and the Mastercard Foundation:
1. Putting People First: The State and Future of Person-centered Digitized Primary Health in Africa
In this session moderated by Zhenya Lindgardt, CEO of TCP, participants discussed the role of digitizing primary health in enabling digital health services and creating a sustainable longer-term market to fund jobs in digital health.
2. AFHIRing Up Africa’s Healthcare: Interoperability in Digital Health
This session was moderated by Steve Wanyee of Health Informatics in Africa (HELINA), with the focus of discussion on enablers and blockers of interoperability and the importance of governments taking a leadership role in prioritizing and setting those standards for its country’s digital health sector.
3. Primary Health Digitization Collaborative Co-Creation Workshop
The co-creation workshop brought together 38 participants who are implementation partners, funders and government representatives.
In the 2-hour session, participants discussed, developed insights, and started forming recommendations around the necessary requirements to digitize primary health, key cost drivers, and a common goal by 2030 for the PWG. This workshop made for a very positive step toward PWG progress on its mandate and deliverables. At the end of the workshop, TCP committed to recording and synthesizing the responses from the group to categorize into recommendations for the next meeting.
Following a successful AHTS 2023, it is clear that primary health digitization is a main goal for various organizations. There continues to be resounding support for our person-centered health model and the digital health sector’s potential to drive the financial inclusion of the youth and women, and youth appropriately had a larger stage at AHTS than they have had in the past. TCP and the Mastercard Foundation heard from many young digital health entrepreneurs who are eager to enter the space and share their invention and scale. Our next step is to continue uniting the power of digital transformation with cutting-edge healthcare solutions.