THE PROGRAM

The Africa Primary Healthcare Development Program (APHDEP) is designed to complement the efforts of African Governments, within the contexts, capacities and priorities of each country to meet six core objectives:

  • To create a continental movement, with the 1978 Declaration of Astana as a starting point, for the strengthening of sustainable primary healthcare systems as the basis for Universal Health Coverage, community stability, economic development and national security and attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • To leverage Islamic finance and Technology for the development of Primary healthcare infrastructure and information systems across all relevant sectors in Africa through partnerships, collaboration and coordination of the public sector with civil society, communities, private and faith-based systems.
  • To develop and progressively scale up health care systems that are accessible to all in a country by expanding basic health care to every person, including vulnerable populations, through low-cost, high-impact, sustainable approaches that improve outcomes.
  • To work with governments to reform their primary healthcare  systems, targeting areas where current approaches are failing, moving too slowly, or at a scale that leaves too many dying or suffering needlessly. 
  • To assess the financing needs of Primary Healthcare infrastructure in Partner countries, and develop management model that identifies problems, a framework for implementation and helps to evaluate dynamically performance of primary healthcare infrastructure service in Africa.
  • To enhance education, training opportunities, and dissemination of information aimed at improving the quality and efficacy of primary health care services;

The Program aims to achieve its vision through evidence-based policy development and implementation, project development, well targeted programs and best practice regulation.

The focus of the Program will be on people and services, while using technology as the key enabler to provide an accessible, integrated, high-quality and affordable healthcare system that is recognized as one of the best in the world. With its emphasis on wellness and services, resources and technologies will be structured to empower and enable people to maintain the highest possible state of health and well-being throughout their lives.

The Initiative is supported by a comprehensive change-management program that addresses healthcare organization, health model design/process re-engineering, people issues and healthcare financing, an enabling framework of policies, laws, regulations, standards and technologies.

COMPONENTS

The Program consists of four components:

  • PHC Infrastructure Development
  • Advocacy for Quality, Efficient, Transparent and Accountable Primary Healthcare System in Africa
  • Capacity Development and Knowledge Capitalisation
  • Strategy, Finance and Investment

WHO WE WORK WITH

We consult and engage with all our stakeholders, including:

  • Healthcare professionals and industry groups
  • National and sub-national governments and agencies
  • Non-Government Organisations, Community and Faith-based organizations
  • Development finance institutions, Commercial Banks, Vertical funds and philanthropies.

STRATEGY

The Initiative provides a conceptual model and implementation road map for the roll-out of digital dispensaries/telemedicine across the continent, to leap a whole generation from industrial age medicine to information age healthcare that links Africa into a global network of virtual health services.

The implementation road map describes the selection and implementation of initial pilot projects, the expansion of initial pilots, the selection, implementation and expansion of new pilots, the establishment of new, as well as the restructuring and  upgrading of existing primary healthcare infrastructure and facilities, with all digital dispensaries and telemedicine projects selected, implemented and rolled-out nationally.

The Initiative provides an innovative methodology enabling participating countries to measure their current healthcare delivery and outcomes, healthcare expenditures, assess their financial needs in the medium term and identify the most suitable finance solutions to bridge their national health finance gaps.

The Program is coordinated by a team of internationally recognized experts supporting country implementation and the continuous improvement of the APHDEP methodology. The Initiative would enable participating countries to exchange experiences through a variety of cooperation mechanisms such as international workshops, the AFRIEF website, dedicated webinars and other platforms.