At the 2024 Medic West Africa Event, organised by
ABCHealth in collaboration with Informa Markets, Access Bank reaffirmed its
dedication to fostering positive transformation in healthcare across Africa.
The event, which served as a platform for stakeholders across industries deliberate on
the theme ‘Healthcare Investments in Africa: Mobilizing the Private Sector to Drive
Healthcare Investments in Africa,’ aimed to chart a path through which corporates can
leverage innovative financing models and strategic partnerships in fostering the
achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
The discussions also explored strategies for strengthening healthcare infrastructure,
leveraging technological advancements, as well as enhancing community health
Lending his voice to the conversation, Ralph Opara, Group Head, Commercial Banking
Division at Access Bank Plc, stressed that, “The government can’t carry the burden of
the health sector alone. Hence, it is imperative that the private sector explores and
implements innovative financing models and strategic partnerships to bridge the
healthcare investment gap.”
Opara noted that collaborative effort between the public and private sectors is not only
crucial but essential to driving innovation, improving healthcare accessibility, and
ensuring sustainable development across the continent.
Walking the talk on partnerships, Access Bank partnered with the Private Sector Health
Alliance of Nigeria (PSHAN), to launch the Adopt-A-Health Facility Program (ADHFP)
with the primary aim of delivering, at least, one global standard Primary Healthcare
Centre (PHC) in each of the 774 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Nigeria. So far,
the initiative has resulted into over 180 PHCs adopted across the country.
Other notable participants at the event include Mories Atoki, CEO, ABCHealth; Jane
Ike-Okoli, Head of Specialised Sectors Business & Commercial Banking, Stanbic IBTC;
Odunayo Sanyo, Executive Director, MTN Foundation; Ibironke Akinmade, Group
Head, Health Finance, Sterling Bank, and Zouera Youssoufou, MD/CEO, Aliko
Dangote Foundation.