How can we develop digital healthcare exchanges between Africa and France?
At the end of 2016, 75% of the mobile subscribers in the world were living in low- and middle-income countries. In line with this trend, the mobile penetration rate in Sub-Saharan Africa will reach 50% of the population in 2020, i.e. a total of 535 million subscribers. This mobile revolution is all the more significant in that it is taking place in low- and middle-income countries where a lack of healthcare personnel and infrastructure remains a major challenge. Just one example: Africa is the most advanced continent in the world for the take-up of mobile money services. In 2013, a global study by PwC showed that the take-up rate for mHealth was higher in emerging countries than in industrialised countries.
Innovation in digital health is much in evidence in Africa and is expanding rapidly: in 2017, the number of active mHealth services in Sub-Saharan Africa increased by more than 58% in comparison with the previous year. An unprecedented opportunity for an entire continent, digital health is also a major opportunity to create and develop new exchanges between France and Africa, and in both directions. Of course, some French technological advances and innovations will be of interest to African countries, but the cost-effective innovation of the African continent can also be a powerful source of inspiration for a France which is facing cost restrictions.
How can we shape and nurture exchanges and scientific, academic and economic partnerships between Africa and France in the digital health sector? What is the role of the stakeholders(private sector, development agencies, international and African organisations, national decision makers for the countries concerned)?
These are some of the questions that this round table will try to answer, split up into 3 parts:
- How can we encourage digital health exchanges between France and Africa?
- Business interchange between young French and African entrepreneurs
- A Keynote address to sum up: “Cost-effective digital health innovation in Africa”