The Africa Health Exhibition and Congress 2013, was hailed as a catalyst for much-needed healthcare changes in the region by conference delegates, exhibitors and visitors alike. The event, that takes place in May every year, featured over 9 CPD accredited clinical and non-clinical conferences ranging from medical and imaging laboratory, through to mobile health, quality standards and infectious diseases, all presented by local and international speakers.
The event focused on updating the skills of regional healthcare professionals and specialists, with more than 74 international speakers discussing the latest developments, techniques and solutions.
Africa Health exhibition hosted 386 international exhibiting companies, with a dedicated area for medical laboratory to showcase their products and services. More than 61% of exhibitors have already signed up for next year's event and with a total of 5,000 attendees; this is a good indication of the stellar reputation that Africa Health holds within the healthcare market. The Africa Health Exhibition continues to be the leading platform for medical practitioners, healthcare workers, government authorities and business leaders to come together to share information, exchange ideas and devise solutions to healthcare problems that continue to plague the African continent.\
About the medical Laboratories in sub-Saharan African region
The rising incidence of diseases in the sub-Saharan African region is creating huge growth opportunities for in-vitro diagnostics (IVD) manufacturers. The high disease burden, combined with clinical misdiagnosis has worsened healthcare delivery in this region. However, disease prevention and treatment programmes are increasingly focusing on developing diagnostic facilities to effectively reach patients. In addition to mere commercialisation of existing products, the markets provide scope for the identification of new biomarkers for diseases that are inherent to this region. These opportunities, combined with monetary support from global agencies and the local government, make the markets in sub-Sahara Africa lucrative for IVD business.
The alarming increase in the incidence of diseases in sub-Saharan Africa has forced the regional governments to roll out the anti-retroviral programme, which has helped in popularising diagnostic tests in the region. Moreover, people are increasingly becoming aware of infectious diseases and are therefore seeking health assistance, which is another factor contributing to growth in the diagnostic market for these diseases.
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