East Africa is comprised of a diverse set of countries and the region as a whole has experienced rapid economic growth over the past five years. The TechEmerge Health East Africa program will predominantly focus on the Kenyan private healthcare sector, while including select healthcare providers from Uganda and Ethiopia as well. The combined population for Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia is around 207 million people, and is projected to grow to 270 by 2030. The healthcare market across these three countries is $8B, and set to grow to $15B by 2030. The majority of patients pay for healthcare out-of-pocket, which drives healthcare providers to seek new approaches to improve healthcare delivery and reduce costs.
HEALTHCARE SPENDING BY 2030
MEDICAL DEVICE MARKET - EXPECTED TO GROW AT 10% p.a.
ESTIMATED POPULATION BY 2030
Despite progress in improving health indicators in recent years, healthcare in East Africa faces many challenges including access and affordability. While East Africa continues to face longstanding challenges from infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, the region is also experiencing a rapidly increasing non-communicable disease burden, with increasing rates of cancer, diabetes and heart disease. This is in combination with high maternal and child mortality rates. Challenges are compounded by the region's severe shortage of trained medical professionals and necessary infrastructure, weak drug supply systems, variable quality, rural/urban disparities, all magnified by government underfunding.
While many of the governments in the region have committed to Universal Healthcare Coverage (UHC), East African healthcare systems are overstretched, and most governments in the region struggle to meet basic standards of care. Private sector healthcare providers are increasingly filling the role. Within this context, business as usual will not adequately addresses the many issues and meet the needs of a growing population. East African healthcare providers are looking for new solutions and innovative business practices that can improve quality of care, reach, and efficiency of services. This offers great business opportunities for health tech innovators interested in entering/scaling in East Africa.
Technology needs identified by the participating healthcare providers include: