On Wednesday 17th of February 2016, Oliver Kinross held its 3rd Edition of the Africa Healthcare Summit at the Olympia Conference Centre in Kensington, where the leaders in innovation and change in Africa’s healthcare provision were recognised and awarded. The inaugural Africa Healthcare Awards ceremony is currently viewed as the leading industry event to discuss the advancements and achievements in the African healthcare system.
The applicants were judged by a panel of industry experts including Dr Lillian Kocholla, Head of Oncology Unit Services for Ministry of Health Kenya, Dr Gerard Ngendahimana, Secretary General and Chief Executive Officer from Rwanda Healthcare Federation, Nazir Arsb, Managing Director and consultant surgeon for Apollo Medical Centre in Dar Es Salaam, Nadine Pakker, Managing Director for HealtheFoundation and Dr Jacqueline Wasonga Kitulu from Kenya Medical Association.
The judges were looking to honour those driving the improvement of the healthcare industry in Africa and to recompense the individuals and Companies who are at the cutting edge of Africa’s healthcare revolution.
Among the participating organisations who attended the awards were ACFEE, Amref, African Export Import Bank, Kings College Hospital, Medicines for Africa, Architects for Health, Cameroonian Foundation for Aids, Medical Associations of Nigerians, Kola Daisi Foundation, Kenyatta National Hospital, UNICEF, Korle-bu Teaching Hospital, Institute for African Women’s Health, Common Wealth Secretariat, GBC Health, South African Medical Research Council, Muhimbili National Hospital, Association of Zambia Nurses UK, Afri Community Hospital, African Healthcare for eHealth Excellent.
Gradian Health Systems were awarded the highly coveted ‘Technology Company of the Year’ award for their innovative approach marketing the Universal Anaesthetic Machine (UAM) that can successfully deliver general anaesthesia in any hospital even without electricity or compressed / piped oxygen, designed and manufactured in the UK by OES MEDICAL.
Dr Jacqueline Wasonga Kitulu from the Kenya Medical Association stated that the areas of greatest need among the majority of the population in Africa are low resource settings that would greatly transform the quality of healthcare by enabling the use of safe anaesthesia anywhere and the Gradian Health Systems UAM is a great example of this achievement.