Dr. Amit N. Thakker, a Kenyan born medical doctor, has been elected as the first Chairman of the newly launched Africa Healthcare Federation. He is the current Chairman of Kenya Healthcare Federation, which serves as the Health Sector Board of KEPSA. This nomination was witnessed by several high-level delegates from the African Union, IFC/World Bank, World Health Organization, USAID, McKinsey & Co. and eminent leaders in the healthcare field across Africa. Ms Carole Kariuki, CEO KEPSA and Mr Dennis Awori Chairman KEPSA were also VIP guests at this international event that took place in Nairobi.
On accepting his prestigious new role, Dr. Amit N. Thakker stated, “I am truly honoured to take on this position bestowed upon me by the healthcare leaders of Africa. I look forward to working closely with all stake holders. With the support we have received from the AU, governments and also development partners, I am certain that we will improve overall health in Africa.”
E. Mustapha Siddique Kaloko, the Commissioner of Social Services at the African Union was in attendance at the ceremonial event and stated, “The private sector plays an integral part in improving healthcare in Africa. The African Union is delighted with the formation of the Africa Healthcare Federation and provides its full support in any manner, including collaboration with the stake holders.
“We wish Dr. Amit Thakker and his entire Board of Directors all the very best as he accepts this bold responsibility of leading the AHF, which we are sure will revolutionize healthcare in our continent.”
The inaugural Africa Health Business Symposium hosted in Nairobi, Kenya witnessed a groundbreaking ceremony with the historic unification of the five regional healthcare federations of Africa to launch the Africa Healthcare Federation which will advocate, mentor, collaborate and unify the private health sector of Africa so as to ensure the scaling up and strengthening of health systems, spurring greater investments as well as development of affordable, accessible and quality healthcare delivery across the continent, thereby rising Africa to global standards.
East Africa Healthcare Federation (EAHF), formed in 2012 consisting of; Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia and South Sudan, and the West African Private Health Federation (WAPHF), established in 2016 comprising of 15 West African countries – Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo, together with the northern, central and southern private health federations the Africa Healthcare Federation, now represents private health sector for 45 countries on the continent.
Leaders from the five regions of Africa joined hands to reiterate their leadership role, and pledged their commitment for the AHF objectives by signing a Communiqué during the unveiling of the Africa Health Federation identity. The first Board of Directors of the Africa Healthcare Federation comprises of Dr. Ian Clarke and Dr. Kaushik Ramaiya (Eastern Africa) Dr Ardo Boubou Ba and Ms Clare Omatseye (Western Africa), Ms Anuschka Coovadia and Dr. Ramesh Bhoola (Southern Africa), Dr. Hatem El Gabaly (Northern Africa) and Dr. Jean Daniel Ovaga (Central Africa).