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Nearly half of the world’s population still lacks access to essential health services and Africa is the most affected continent. Fewer than 50% of Africans have access to modern health facilities. Many African countries spend less than 10% of their GDP on health care and there is a great shortage of trained health care professionals.

There is no doubt that Telehealth could play a big role in supporting the current healthcare systems and improve this situation:

  • Telehealth has the potential to overcome shortages of healthcare professionals by increasing access to specialists in bigger and better equipped medical centres, hospitals and academic institutions
  • It can help to reach inaccessible rural areas where patients often have to walk long distances or catch multiple forms of transport before they reach any clinics
  • Implementation of Telehealth solution in educating the healthcare workforce
  • Access to international expertise and enable communication between doctors across continents
  • Monitoring and treatment of high infection diseases
  • Promotion and education to the population of basic healthcare best practises
There are however many technical and non-technical challenges in Telehealth implementations that have to be overcome

  • Lack of infrastructure to host Telemedicine projects (even limited Internet access)
  • Government policies
  • Ethical issues (like the concerns over patient privacy in Telemedicine)
  • Lack of funding and partnerships
This webinar will cover Telehealth Development & Regulation in four African 4 countries: Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria and Egypt. Our experts will give an overview of the current landscape plus highlight their specific country needs and business opportunities for solution providers

Our international panel of telehealth experts includes:

Raphael Akangbe


Health Informatics and Information Manager
Lagos State Ministry of Health, Nigeria

Olajide Joseph Adebola


President
Society for Telemedicine and eHealth in Nigeria

Dr. Ahmed Safwat Mitwalli Elassal


Board Member
Egyptian General Authority of Healthcare Egypt

Prof. Rosemary Foster


Senior technical advisor with the Centre for Infectious Diseases Epidemiology & Research (CIDER)
University of Cape Town,South Africa