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Rwanda is set to host the first-ever HealthTech Summit for Africa, bringing together health sector players and innovators to discuss and showcase the potential of health technologies on the continent.

Organized by HealthTech Hub Africa – a Kigali-based health tech accelerator – the summit will take place June 2-4, 2022, and it comes at a critical time when Covid-19 has revealed weaknesses in global public health systems , especially in Africa.

It is expected to attract some of the leading health technology companies and startups working to transform the health sector on the African continent.

It is organized in partnership with Norrsken and the Novartis Foundation as well as the Government of Rwanda.

The continent has in recent years recorded impressive growth rates as more healthcare startups continue to raise funds, with the latest data showing that investment in African healthcare startups has increased by 81% in 2021.

“The opportunities for growth are enormous and we must take advantage of this momentum. The HealthTech Summit Africa will be an opportunity to chart the way forward for the health tech sector and identify gaps and opportunities,” said Pascal Murasira, CEO of Norrsken. East Africa.

The summit will focus on three main themes dedicated to building successful public-private partnerships: Inspire, Learn and Transform.

During the summit, attendees will learn about successful innovations and the challenges they’ve overcome, engage in inspiring dialogues about health and tech trends, learn about some of the most advanced innovations from the 2022 startup cohort, and will have the chance to engage in new partnership opportunities.

“The summit is an opportunity to define new solutions for the most pressing challenges in health and care, and to bring together the multisectoral organizations needed to implement these solutions at a scale that can transform the health of entire populations. said Dr. Ann Aerts, head of the Novartis Foundation.

The 30 health tech start-ups that are part of the HealthTech Hub Africa are expected to attend the summit and showcase the various innovations and solutions they are bringing to the health tech space.

“We are excited to introduce E-Heza Data Solutions as a mature Rwandan point-of-care digital health solution that facilitates data-driven decisions and personalized health education to improve health outcomes while establishing a system to one person and one record that meets all the primary health care needs of families,” said Theophila Huriro Uwacu, Director and Founder of E-Heza Solutions

She added, “We hope to increase our visibility and inspire others to join us on our journey to transform healthcare delivery in sub-Saharan Africa and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals for health.”

Jelle Schuitemaker, co-founder of Goal 3, a health technology company, said the summit will be an opportunity to network and share ideas.

“I expect the HealthTech Summit to bring us a lot of energy, excitement, networking and learning as GOAL 3, reach the base of mentors, investors and startups with whom we have worked over the past few months is something we are really looking forward to,” added Schuitemaker.

Key topics to be discussed at the summit include “Accelerating HealthTech Innovation – how to create a pan-African model to accelerate innovation for public health”; ‘The integration of HealthTech in Smart Cities for health equity; How to Build a Unicorn: Global Problems, Local Health Solutions; Navigate data sharing, consumer protectionism and privacy laws in the region; and artificial intelligence at the service of the efficiency of the public health system.

Speakers and panelists at the summit will include Minister Paula Ingabire, Minister of Information and Communication Technology and Innovation of the Republic of Rwanda, Dr Ann Aerts, Novartis Foundation Director EduAbasi Chukwunweike, the Business Development Manager of Microsoft-Cloud, ISVs & Start-ups and Dr. Shivon Byamukama, and the Managing Director of Babyl Health Rwanda. The others are Dr. Brian Chirombo, the WHO representative in Rwanda, Lacina Koné, the CEO of Smart Africa, and Bocar Ba, the CEO of the Samena Telecommunications Council.

During the summit, there will be different masterclasses with experts as well as pitch sessions where health tech startups can pitch in front of potential investors.