The Africa Healthcare Infrastructure Development Program (AHIDEP) is a flagship initiative of the Africa Islamic Economic Foundation launched to complement the efforts of African Governments to restructure their healthcare systems.

The Initiative partners with development finance institutions, vertical funds and philanthropies to deploy Islamic commercial and social finance instruments, with specific emphasis on PPPs, Waqf, Qard Hassana, Zakat and Social Sukuk to support African countries to transform their health care systems amid the current global health crisis and attract, particularly, ESG investors (those looking to invest for social reasons) and/or Islamic investors (looking for Sharia-compliant investments. It is in this contextual melting pot of ESG investing, Islamic socially responsible financial products, and impact investing, that innovative participatory finance will fusion to enable funding for Healthcare projects to actualize SDG-3 in Africa.

The focus of the Program is 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.

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


The Africa Healthcare Infrastructure Development Program (AHIDEP) 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 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 work with governments to reform their 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 partner with relevant stakeholders, particularly, governments 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 assess the financing needs of 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 health care services;


The Program consists of four components:

  • Healthcare Infrastructure Development
  • Advocacy for Quality, Efficient, Transparent and Accountable Healthcare System in Africa
  • Capacity Development and Knowledge Capitalisation
  • Islamic Finance, Equity Investments, Public-Private/Non-profit Partnerships


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.


The Program provides a conceptual model and implementation road map for the roll-out of digital dispensaries and acute hospitals 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 healthcare infrastructure and facilities.
  • The Program 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 AHIDEP 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.
  • The Program supports Healthcare projects of its partners, with support on different aspects of the Project. The Support ranges from assistance in chartering a basic Project Plan, developing an inclusive business plan, identifying funding and investment partners, project design and development to designing Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).


Glocal Healthcare Systems Private Limited (“Glocal”) is a social venture started in India that seeks to bring state of the art healthcare to the underserved populations across the globe in a sustainable manner. It is a subsidiary of UpHealth, Inc., listed on NYSE. Glocal is a technology and process-based platform, on a mission to make healthcare affordable, accessible and accountable for all.  It has offerings across the continuum of care including, primary, secondary and acute care and delivers healthcare through mobile applications, digital dispensaries and hospitals. It prides itself in being able to build state-of-the-art healthcare facilities at the lowest cost, in least time and which offer healthcare at most affordable pricing in the organized industry. Most of its facilities are in areas where it is difficult for organized sector to reach. It has successfully maximized the use of technologies like Internet of Things (IoT), Point of Care (PoC) devices and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in delivery of healthcare. A Clinical Decision Support System (CDSS), ensuring adherence to treatment protocol and reducing medical errors, forms the backbone of its services. Its focus on digital healthcare is all the more relevant after the COVID aftermath. It has 2 Apps – Hellolyf and Hellolyf Dr on Google Play, 700+ telemedicine and IoT based digital dispensaries and 12 hospitals in India. Glocal is now present in 12 countries and has been internationally recognized. Glocal is promoted by Dr. Syed Sabahat Azim, a medical doctor, ex-IAS and an award winning social entrepreneur.


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