xetova has developed an AI driven platform to help national governments, donors and key stakeholders in the healthcare sector reimagine health security and resilience planning.
An important aspect of achieving health security and Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is mobilizing enough resources to ensure that essential healthcare products are in consistent supply. It is also necessary to maximize value for patients by providing exactly what they need in good time.
Why the Urgent Need for Resource Mobilization?
Early this year, the UN urged national governments to act over potential shortages of HIV drugs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Later this year, Kenyan lives were at risk because public hospitals had ran out of ARVs for about four months and more countries are yet to suffer if such supply chain challenges are not addressed.
Patients with diseases such as HIV/AIDS, hypertension, diabetes and cancer need a regular supply of drugs. Any prolonged shortages caused by supply chain disruptions either leads to severe illness or death.
Now more than ever, we need to build resilient healthcare supply chains. This can only be done through a collaborative effort by national governments, donor institutions, financiers and key stakeholders in the healthcare industry.
Governments and donors need to allocate more financial resources in the public healthcare system to pay for essential health services that the African population needs. Financiers can provide sustainable financing options that will assist in preparedness and healthcare stakeholders need to invest in supply chain tools that will build efficiency and improve transparency in procurement processes.
Our AHSA initiative is an advocacy movement where all the stakeholders come together to share information, connect, collaborate and mobilize resources required to strengthen the state of health security in Africa. The aim is to ensure that healthcare systems are well prepared for existing and future health threats.
The platform allows access to tools that provide data insights on disease burden patterns, information on the state of healthcare supply chains and predicted demand and supply of healthcare products. This helps in better planning and decision making. Other available tools such as supplier financing tools, just in time delivery tools and performance tracking tools are critical for supply chain efficiency.
The Value Agenda
Maximizing value for patients in healthcare institutions is no longer about volume of services and profitability. It is more about providing high-value care for patients with specific medical conditions. For instance, an institution specifically focused on cancer is more valuable to cancer patients than one that provides a full range of healthcare services. Through such institutions, it is easier to manage the demand and supply of essential healthcare products.
This transformation is still underway in some parts of the world and our hope is that as we work towards building resilient healthcare systems in Africa, we can adopt some of those strategies. As we think about shifting the focus from cost minimization to value delivery in healthcare systems, resource mobilization has never been more important.
Governments, donors and healthcare stakeholders need to stop operating in silos and focus on collaborating to design more resilient supply chains and provide more value as we strive for health security and Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Ready to be part of this amazing journey? Join the Initiative!