The Association of Healthcare Funders of Zimbabwe (AHFoZ) held its annual All Stakeholders Conference on Health, at which stakeholders in the healthcare sector were able to discuss critical elements in the healthcare supply chain. The objective of the conference was to identify challenges, brainstorm and offer possible solutions to them and demystify some subjects, as well as to strengthen stakeholder relations.

The theme of the conference, which was held from September 6 to 9 at the Elephant Hills Hotel in Victoria Falls, is “Connecting the Healthcare Elements: Cost, Access, Sustainability“. Experts from various sectors spoke on and discussed a number of topical issues affecting healthcare in Zimbabwe.

The event kicked off with the AHFoZ Golf Tournament, the proceeds of which went to charity, while the conference itself began the following day.Health and Child Care Deputy Minister Hon. A. Musiiwa gave the keynote address and officially open the conference which was followed by some of the topics Overview of the Healthcare Sector, Economic overview, Taxation in the Healthcare Sector, and Meeting ISO Quality Standards in Healthcare in a Topsy Turvy Environment. There was a panel discussion on topical issues affecting the health sector. The panel was made up of members of the parliamentary portfolio committee on health and representatives of the Ministry of Health, Zimbabwe Medical Association and AHFoZ. The important topic on National Health Insurance was tackled through a presentation which gave an update on the implementation process in South Africa by a presenter from the Board of Healthcare Funders Southern Africa (BHF), while an update on Social Security and Healthcare in Zimbabwe was be addressed by the National Social Security Authority board chairperson. In this age of technology, delegates were enlightened on how to integrate their Smartphone with their health through a presentation, while the Consumer Council of Zimbabwe gave the patient’s perspective on access to healthcare. The issue of Ethics in healthcare practice were addressed, while a presenter from the International Federation of Health Plans (IFHP) in the United Kingdom spoke on an Expert Panel Report’s finding on the high cost of drugs, new medical technologies and medical data. A World Health Organisation health economist from South Africa gave insight on the drivers of hospital costs, while another presenter from South Africa presented on the value of Coordination of Care. The Private Hospitals Association of Zimbabwe shared the stage with a South African presenter from the Board of Healthcare Funders of Southern Africa (BHF), on the topic “Quality, Cost and Sustainability – a Balancing Act”

The conference provided an excellent networking and exhibition opportunities as it attracted a cross section of stakeholders including government, employers, employees, healthcare providers and medical aid societies