UGANDA HEALTHCARE FEDERATION
UHF is an umbrella body established to promote, represent and champion the interests of the private health sector. Aside from lobbying and advocating on policy and legislation related to health matters, UHF also implements programs on behalf of development partners.
Since 2014, UHF has been honoured to annually host delegations from Sweden creating an invaluable business networking opportunity for health sector players.
This year a delegation from Sweden, Estonia and Finland with innovative solutions to health care challenges, join this event to share innovative, affordable advances in technology. This event is a unique opportunity for Uganda’s health sector players to network, share knowledge and gain experience from these countries.
Private health sector access to affordable finance for investment has been a perpetual challenge. Despite the demand for investment capital in Africa, to be calculated at between USD 11 and 20 billion for the next decade. Ms. Evelyn Gitonga will present how Uganda’s private health sector can now access affordable financing in Uganda, specifically designed for health businesses, while improving quality of care through the Medical Credit Fund.
Swecare is a semi-governmental nonprofit organization based on a triple helix platform where academia, public and private sector join forces toward enhanced export and internationalization of Swedish healthcare and Life Science. The members represent the entire healthcare spectrum – from the small startup company to global corporations, universities, county councils, hospitals, and other care providers.
Swecare acts as a door opener for companies and organizations who want to access ministerial speaking partners, business contact or collaborators in the healthcare sector. We assist Swedish ministries and official agencies in their international contact and receive foreign delegations visiting Sweden. On the national, arena we assemble key professionals in networks and run projects within identified focus areas. Through the Swecare platform, member organizations can access counterparts across the globe.
Meet and Interact with private health businesses from the Baltic State
1. Icare Finland Oypriva
Icare® product line consists of tonometers – specialized instruments for measuring, monitoring and screening of Intra Ocular Pressure (IOP) as a part of diagnosing Glaucoma. Ease of use and operational reliability are cornerstones of the Icare product family’s success. The unique, patented rebound technology is based on the measuring principle, in which a light-weight probe makes a momentary contact with the cornea. The patient-friendly Icare tonometers require no anaesthetic drops or specialized skills for use. Eye disease is traditionally examined by specialists. As patient-oriented screenings are becoming more common, tonometers are increasingly becoming tools for general practitioners, opticians, optometrists and first-aid staff.
The Icare® rebound tonometers do not require any maintenance calibration or regular service.
The Icare® tonometers do not have any parts that wear out. The probe base is the only part, which may require changing or cleaning by the user. The probe base change and cleaning are very simple and is described in the user manual.
2. Turku Science Park University
Turku University of Applied Sciences (TUAS) offers a wide range of ready-made courses, both short courses and specialization studies, but we also want to offer our expertise to plan a customized training based on the individual needs of client organizations. Education can be arranged in all areas taught in the faculties.
Continuing Education can be customized for clients’ needs. We use different teaching methods such as lectures, practices in skills laboratories, simulation and a web-based learning environment.
3. Pansante AB
Based on our 25-years’ experience in healthcare-architecture, together with a selected expert- team, we developed a sustainable and economically priced hospital concept for the advanced developing world. In the USA, this concept has already won the Honour Award and the Award of Excellence award from the American Institute of Architects. With innovative materials and the application of renewable energy sources, we can provide a 24/7 operation, which means reduced operating costs that can secure substantially the operation’s financing. Our alternative examination and care concept facilitates a higher flow of patients.
The intelligent low-tech architecture allows us to integrate infection-control economically into the design of the facility. Natural ventilation and arrangement of individual clinics in set-apart buildings are two of the many options available. By critical analysis and a complete assessment of the local circumstances, a new concept has been created for many advanced developing countries. It is our aim to accompany the project from development to operation holistically. A hospital for rural areas can only be successful if we ensure that the building actually can operate independently for many years.
Bactiguard is a Swedish medical device company with a mission to save lives. To achieve this mission, we develop and supply infection protection solutions which reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections and the use of antibiotics. This way, we save significant costs for healthcare and the society at large. The Bactiguard technology prevents bacterial adhesion and biofilm formation on medical devices. Urinary catheters with Bactiguard’s coating are market leading in the USA and Japan.
We also support our customers with extensive education on how to reduce healthcare-associated infections in addition to our product range. The headquarters and one of two production facilities are located in Stockholm, the other one in Malaysia. Bactiguard is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. Bactiguard is a proud sponsor of the Global Sepsis Alliance, working to reduce sepsis-related deaths by 20%.
5. MedCardApps AB
MedCardApps AB develops and delivers a complete Electronic Health Record (EHR) solution for hospitals and healthcare clinics, specially designed for the African market.
The company was established in 2011 in Malmoe, Sweden and has since then been working with the private healthcare sector in both Uganda and Zambia.
The core fundamental idea for developing the EHR solution and formation of MedCardApps AB has been to increase the quality of service at health care facilities by reducing the huge amount of paperwork and decreasing the waiting times at hospitals. When Mr. Phillip Kilara, who is the Managing Director of the company and originally from Uganda, visited one of the hospitals in Uganda in 2010, he saw that some patients did not get any medical service due to the lack of medical personnel and that the extensive and time-consuming paperwork was increasing the time patients had to wait to receive treatment.
6. Helseplan Seedoo Diagnostics AB
With over 30 years of experience of hospital development, management, education and benchmarking services in the Nordic countries, Helseplan is a partner for strategic and operational development of health care systems and health care providers.
With deep-rooted health care system understanding, Helseplan has the ability to translate and transfer Nordic aspirations and experiences. Our integrated consultancy structure is underpinned by mixed teams of different academic background and experiences.
Helseplan is developing a digital global collaboration platform connecting radiologists and radiology departments, SEEDOO. The platform makes it possible to connect professionals from different regions, countries and continents. The platform can be tested by selected hospitals and diagnostic centres in Eastern Africa during fall 2017.