World Bank on Medical Strategy in Africa
Mary-Jean Moyo, IFC Regional Head of Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Services in sub-Saharan Africa said, “The private sector can play an important role in achieving universal health coverage in developing countries. This investment reflects IFC’s health strategy of partnering with global health care providers with the technical expertise needed to scale up and build networks for delivering affordable, quality health care for all.”
IFC Corporate Finance Advisory Services helped pave the way for this investment by helping identify key countries and potential partners.
IFC is the world’s largest multilateral investor in private healthcare, managing an active portfolio of about $1.3 billion worth of health investments. IFC investments in service providers, pharmaceuticals and medical technology are aimed at promoting greater access to affordable, high-quality healthcare.
Education, Health and Welfare
The general state of health in Africa is poor, and health care facilities are inadequate, especially in rural areas. The infant mortality rate, about 125 per 1,000 live births, is very high as compared to the western world. Health services concentrate on the eradication of certain diseases in rural areas, as well as on health education. Diseases like tuberculosis, malaria, and leprosy, remain endemic.
The lack of finances and shortage of trained personnel remain the principal obstacles to the improvement of health conditions.
Spartan Smart TeleMed
In following IFC, Spartan has designed a Smart TeleMed, which provides improved health care services – delivering doctor visits anytime, anywhere via Internet and clinical Smartbuilding applications.
Founders of NASA SPACE AGENCY Medical Services Team in Houston is our partner and they have been delivering Telemedicine solutions since 1995. The Texas Prison Systems utilize Telemedicine and have done over 1 million patients. Telemedicine has helped the State of Texas reduce healthcare costs by over $650 million.
Africa patients would receive the best healthcare possible, meeting the challenges of remote locations and socio economic conditions. Telemedicine allows health care professionals to use “connected” medical devices in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of patients in remote locations. These devices are enhanced through the use of Fiber HIPPA compliant networks, VSAT telecommunications technology, network computing, video-conferencing systems and VOIP. Specialized application software, data storage devices, database management software, and medical devices are all key components of the proposed telemedicine infrastructure.
Smart TeleMed provides E-Learning for Global Medical Staff
The delivery of Telemedicine allows for Western Standard Medical practices and workflows to be consistently delivered and can be used for training and bringing high levels of experience to remote villages and regions. Solutions deliver a specially-configured medical office in a suitcase, or examination room, with video conference gear and special instruments for examining patients, linked to Western Doctors.
Spartan and IPXCOM provide VSAT and Internet links to Houston Medical Center based Doctors and Specialists. Telemedicine via repetitive medical encounters and state of the art cloud software systems provide African Doctors and remote regions, innovation such as Electronic Medical Records, advanced diagnostic equipment, and access to USA Doctors and Specialists who are subject matter experts.
Solutions accomplish the following:
- Connecting USA Doctors and Specialists in Cardiology, Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases, Cancer Specialists, HIV, Psychiatry, Emergency Rooms, and other medical specialists
- Solutions for infectious diseases, and diagnostic equipment makes a difference
- Telemedicine expands Africa Doctors beyond normal primary care provider’s expertise
- Care by a “specialist” leads to better outcomes
- Exam and treatment do not require significant hands on care or complex procedures
- Can be followed by objective ancillary tests such as lab and/or imaging
DELIVER IMMEDIATE MEDICAL SERVICES TO RURAL AREAS