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Medlab South Africa

MEDLAB South Africa

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.

Sources:
Africa Health | African Business Journal | www.marketresearch.com

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  • "The MEDLAB Congress promises to be a key event in the calendar for all laboratory specialists and associations, as this conference cuts across the traditional boundaries of laboratory medicine extending an ideal platform for the peers to meet people through global networking. The scientific committee has designed a world class programme catering for individual specialties as well as current topics of relevance to specialists in laboratory medicine. Agenda targets your specific title responsibilities and ways to adapt new ideas and strategy. "

    Dr Aparna Jha Ahuja, MBBS, MD, PG Hospital Management, IFCAP, Head of Medical Affairs EMA, PAS – BD Diagnostics
  • "The 14th MEDLAB Congress was the largest we have had to date, the growth of this event over the years has been remarkable. With several tracks covering all disciplines of the clinical laboratory, the programme provided valuable updates for the thousands of laboratory specialists who attended."

    Dr Mansour Al-Zarouni, Consultant Medical & Molecular Microbiologist, Executive Director, EML Diagnostics, Sharjah, UAE
  • "The MEDLAB Congress is a must-attend for all laboratory specialists with its strong focus on disseminating and updating knowledge, and empowering laboratory professionals with the latest information to diagnose, forecast, treat and follow patients in the most effective way as possible."

    Dr Aparna Jha Ahuja, MBBS, MD, PG Hospital Management, IFCAP, Head of Medical Affairs EMA, PAS – BD Diagnostics
  • "In the past, microbiology has lagged behind other laboratory disciplines as far as automation is concerned. This MEDLAB Conference will make you aware of what is available in automation within microbiology"

    Dr Ashok Rattan, Chief Operating Officer, Medical Director, Star Metropolis Clinical Laboratories, Arabian Healthcare, Dubai, UAE
  • "MEDLAB, without a doubt, is the region's premier pathology conference and attracts global attention. Every year I look forward to this event as key pathology constituents gather in Dubai."

    Aaron Han, MD, PhD, FCAP, Chief, Department of Pathology, American Hospital Dubai, UAE
  • "Every year the MEDLAB conference and exhibition grows bigger and the scientific programme gets stronger. With several tracks spanning all the disciplines of the clinical laboratory and its world-class speakers; MEDLAB is the conference of choice for lab professionals in the Middle East."

    Dr Rania Medhat Seliem, Consultant Haematopathologist, Head of Pathology Laboratory, Rashid Hospital, Dubai, UAE
  • "MEDLAB 2015 edition was successful for Symex! Our booth was always full and to top it off, the Sysmex Middle East Sales and Marketing Director had the honour to present our lab automation solution to UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. We have already saved the date for the next Arab Health 2016 edition… see you there!"

    Sysmex Middle East