Save the Date: 8th German-African Healthcare Forum 2021

The 8th German-African Healthcare Forum will take place on October 27 discussing “Partnerships for Resilient Healthcare Systems in Africa”. The forum is organized by German-African Business Association (Afrika-Verein) and German Health Alliance (GHA) and will be as a side conference to the World Health Summit which will be held from 24th to 26th October 2021 in Berlin.

Due to COVID-19 situation this year the forum will take place online given access to hundreds of companies from all over the world.

The panel discussions comprising of ministers, representatives from international organisations, private sector, NGOs and academia will have a closer look at the healthcare sectors with examples from some African countries. The main focus of the discussion will be on the following topics:

– financing and investing in healthcare and scaling up local value chains in Africa
– digital and innovative healthcare solutions 
– partnerships in strengthening health systems

Global cooperation and public-private partnerships also play a big role and will be discussed during the upcoming forum.

Visit the website of German-African Business Association to register and learn more.

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Save the date – Dubai International PPP Conference on 10-11 October 2021

Dubai will host an international public-private partnership conference in October during Expo 2020 as part of the government strategy to build a productive ecosystem for public-private partnerships.

The highly anticipated event aims to foster a dialogue on partnership opportunities between the public and private sectors, and explore innovative approaches for partnerships with local and international investors.

The conference will bring together leading government entities including the Dubai Health Authority which will provide an overview of healthcare projects in the pipeline and highlight opportunities for the private sector.

The Dubai Health Authority, which is promoting the emirate’s mission to transform itself into a leading healthcare destination is pursuing public-private partnerships in the development of projects including hospitals, medical  and specialized care centers.

Awad Saghir Al Ketbi, director-general of DHA said: “The Dubai Health Authority is keen to cooperate with the private sector as a strategic partner, in order to continue developing the healthcare ecosystem and build an exceptional healthcare model that is resilient, sustainable and capable of meeting the needs of the emirate’s growing population, as well as serve Dubai’s ambitious plans to develop the world’s best healthcare ecosystem.”

Register to participate in the conference and learn more here.

Source: Khaleej Times. Image credits: Government of Dubai.

First Meeting of Women’s Health Working Group

First meeting of the new Women’s Health Working Group in the Global Health Hub Germany took place on 24th of June.

The WG will deliberate on the most pressing challenges facing women’s well-being today, develop innovative, concise and common-sense approaches to tackle these problems affecting women’s health through implementation, advocacy and sharing of best practice measures.

Women are the essential caregivers and backbone in almost every society around the globe. However, the health of women, who weave the fabric of society is all too often neglected or not carefully considered. Though progress has been made, women are still challenged by gender-based violence, female genital mutilation, child marriage, unmet need for sexual and reproductive health care, the effects of climate change and disproportionate burdens of chronic disease.

The Women’s Health Working Group is multidisciplinary and welcomes all women, men and gender diverse experts and allies, as well as those who would like to gain deeper insight about women’s health topics. 

To join the Working group please go to Global Health Hub Germany

Roundtable of WAPPP Health Chapter: Next-Generation Healthcare PPPs

On June 14, 2021 the networking event of the Health Chapter was organized within the first annual congress of the World Association of PPP Units and PPP Professionals took place. 

In the context of the global pandemic and massive demand for healthcare services, PPPs are becoming a real solution and driver for innovation, efficiency and quality of services delivered to people. 

Distinguished experts representing different geographies and working for international finance organizations, national governments, investors, and private companies came together. They reflected upon the challenges of the current ecosystem of healthcare PPPs, obtained insights about national project pipelines, and discussed the next-generation PPPs. 

The discussion built around SDGs and the concept of sustainable infrastructure, as they are, in fact, the destinations. SDG 3. Health and Well-being is an obvious one. However, the long-term solutions with “value for money” and “value for people” come when we strive at most minuscule for other SDGs like climate change, gender equality, responsible consumption and production.  
Among the hottest topics discussed were also:
– KPIs to ensure the long-term success 
– investor’s decision-making matrix for PPP project. 
– current best practices, regional specifics and impediments to scaling healthcare PPPs
– the role and strategy of IFIs and national governments in supporting healthcare PPPs
– innovative solutions applied in healthcare PPPs 
– importance of early market sounding for healthcare PPPs.

The session was moderated by Natalia Korchakova-Heeb,
Head of the WAPPP Health Chapter, and Global Lead for PPPs, Siemens Healthineers.


Marcos Martínez the Associate Director leading the PPP Project Preparation Unit at EBRD
Renas Rechid, Senior Vice President at Siemens Healthineers and the Global Head of Sales for the Enterprise Services Business
Mohammed AlAgily, Senior Advisor at the National Center for Privatization & PPP
Dr HM Goh, Executive Director, TAEL Partners
Julien Beaujolin, CEO and founder of ECMP
Erjon Murataj, Senior PPP Expert at PPPHealth4All

Watch the session on official WAPPP Youtube channel

Partnerships for Global Health – A key instrument to achieve the Agenda 2030

On March 23rd, 2021, the GHHG working group “Partnerships for Global Health” is organizing a Working Group Meeting as part of the Week of the Working Groups 2021. The session will particularly discuss the issue of “Partnerships for Global Health – A key instrument to achieve the Agenda 2030”. 

Organizers: GHHG Working Group “Partnerships for Global Health” in collaboration with the Global Health Hub Germany.

Natalia Korchakova-Heeb

Natalia is coordinator of the Working Group on Partnerships for Global Health within the Global Health Hub-Germany, Founder of PPPHealth4All, an award-winning global platform to facilitate sustainable healthcare partnerships in the healthcare sector and Managing Director of SDG.17 Consulting GmbH, PPP-Speaker of the German Health Alliance and Chair of the Health Chapter in the World Association of PPP Units and PPP Professionals (WAPPP).  She translates her passion for the Sustainable Development Goals and public-private partnerships into concrete actions and commitments.
Myron Aldrink

Myron has over 25 years of corporate experience including executive vairous  positions . He also has 15 years of experience with healthcare NGOs including; International Aid, Medical Teams International and International Medical Equipment Collaborative. Mr Aldrink has been a consultant with Johnson & Johnson since 2005 and chairman of the Medical and Surgical Skills Institute (MSSI) in Ghana West Africa Currently, Myron is the Director in the Advocacy for the Global Health Partnerships (USA).

Prof. Dr. Shailey Prasad

Shailey Prasad MD MPH is the Executive Director & Carlson Chair of Global Health at the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility, and a Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Prasad has extensive experience working in underserved areas around the world, from forest tribes in southern India to rural Mississippi and other parts of the world, advocating that health is critical to overall development. He has been part of research teams in health services research and rural health and is actively involved in developing primary care in various parts of the world.

Bruce Compton

Bruce Compton is senior director of global health for the Catholic Health Association of the United States. Mr. Compton is responsible for assisting and supporting CHA-member organizations in their outreach activities in the developing world.  Mr. Compton lived in Haiti from 2000 to 2002, and he continues to work in support of health missions in the developing world. He did so in his capacity as founding president and chief executive of Springfield, Ill.–based Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach, a ministry organization bringing surplus medical supplies from Midwest hospitals to medical missions in the developing world.

Description: The Working Group meeting aims to explain different types of partnerships and how partnerships can help achieve Universal Health Coverage by mobilizing funds, augmenting health service delivery and delivering extraordinary results towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

To participate in this session, please CLICK HERE

For more information on the  Global Health Hub-Germany Week of the Working Groups 2021, please click here.

Save the Date – WAPPP webinar “The Critical Role of PPP in Delivering Sustainable Healthcare Services” (10 March 2021)

WAPPP | World Association of PPP Units & Professionals is hosting a webinar “The critical role of PPP in delivering sustainable healthcare services” in cooperation with UN ESCAP.


– Natalia Korchakova-Heeb, Head of WAPPP Chapter Health, Founder PPPHealth4All: Global PPP healthcare trends and challenges.
– Mia Mary Sebastian, Deputy Executive Director PPP Center Philippines: Experience of doing healthcare PPPs in the Philippines and pipeline of healthcare PPP projects
– Dr. Kalsum Komaryani, Director of Center of Health Financing & Health Insurance, MoH Indonesia: Experience and pipeline for healthcare PPP projects
– Paul Crowe, Chief Invest Officer, Plenary Group: Private sector perspective, Plenary’s experience investing in PPP Healthcare projects, investment criteria in emerging markets
-Rosemary Ong, Senior PPP Specialist in the Office of Public Private Partnership at Asian Development Bank (ADB): Guangxi Elderly Care and Health Care Integration PPP project
– Dr. Varun Krishan Goyal, Structuring healthcare PPPs, Innovative solutions, Lessons learned from developed economies and DMC.

Register here

Invitation to webinar “Collaborative Approach of the European MHealth Hub”

The GHHG Working Group “Implementation of Global Digital Health Agenda” will organize a webinar on the “Collaborative approach of the European mHealth Hub” on February 24th, 2021. 

Organizer: Global Health Hub Germany in collaboration with the GHHG Working Group “Implementation of Global Digital Health Agenda”

Event description: 

The purpose of the event is to present the European mHealth Innovation and Knowledge Hub, a European project which aims at sharing national experiences on mobile health and helping countries and regions introduce mHealth programs.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health of Andalusia (Spain), established this Hub to support the integration of mHealth services into the national health systems of European countries. The project aims at scaling up evidence-based digital and mobile health solutions.

The Hub project is funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 program and is backed by a powerful and skillful consortium of 18 public and private partners from 12 European countries and led by the Andalusian Public Health System.


Moderator: Natalia Korchakova-Heeb (Coordinator of the GHHG Working Group Implementation of Global Digital Health Agenda) and Founder of PPPHealth4All.

No pre-registration is required. Just use the link below on 24 February at 3 pm (CET).

Click here to take part at the webinar.


On October 25 begins the World Health Summit. The focus will be on the latest findings on COVID-19, new global strategies for pandemic prevention and control, the role of Europe and WHO in global health. All sessions can be accessed through individual Zoom links available in the program planner.

The opening ceremony on Sunday, 25 October at 6:00 pm (CET) with Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, UN Secretary-General Anónio Guterres, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and other speakers will be available as a

Participation in the World Health Summit 2020 (October 25.-27.) is completely online.
– All 50 keynote sessions, panel discussions and workshops will be broadcast digitally.
– The individual Zoom links can be accessed cost-free and without registration here or directly in the program, where you also find all information on speakers and topics.

#PPPsAgainstCorona: Workshop on Public-Private Partnership Responses to COVID-19 and Future Pandemics, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (USA) (25-26 June , 2020)

Pandemics, like COVID-19, present unique global health challenges that, by necessity, are catalyzing make-shift and long-term PPPs to remediate unprecedented burdens on the healthcare infrastructure and on morbidity and mortality.

As COVID-19 is now infecting people in countries across the world, the field of global public health is prompted to analyze what PPP-generated global health practices have worked in the past to respond to epidemics and pandemics, and whether or not those response frameworks inform current and future pandemic responses.

The problems pandemics create may be universal (e.g., in terms of pathways to transmission) but also context-specific, as different countries have different capacities to address these challenges, as well as different priorities. As PPPs are now being forged upon the need to respond to COVID-19, there is also an opportunity to define what recent PPP and private sector innovations may serve to inform future handlings of pandemics affecting low-and middle-income countries (LMICs) and high income countries (HICs), as well as what innovations might currently exist in certain global regions that could be transferred to new interventions that may combat COVID-19. Such an analysis may promote information-sharing in live time to combat COVID-19, as well as inform best practices for future outbreaks.

As the world draws closer through the COVID-19 crisis, and those in HICs now face equipment, space, and staffing shortages often seen in LMICs, there is a need to analyze PPP pandemic responses through the larger framework of how they may serve the needs of the global public good, to extend needed support to all countries and people. In a similar vein, the COVID-19 crisis has revealed that PPP responses to pandemics also need to define, adapt, and mechanize a broader global health security agenda that builds global and country-level capacity to address future pandemics.

To explore these topics, this workshop has invited some of the world’s top experts in pandemic response, who will:

(1) review best practices and critical actions from past PPP epidemic and pandemic responses to determine if past response frameworks have applications for the current COVID-19 pandemic;

(2) explore PPP innovations and models that are addressing COVID-19 in country settings;

(3) examine PPP pandemic responses that increase and help navigate the distribution of global public goods; and

(4) discuss PPP pandemic responses that enable the development of a broader global health security agenda.

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WEBCAST | Healthcare in a Post-COVID-19 Brazil: Pathways for Public-Private Partnerships

The Wilson Center’s Brazil Institute and the Institute for Health Policy Studies hosted a discussion of what better integration of the public and private healthcare systems could mean for Brazil, during COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Brazil, which guarantees universal access to healthcare through its public system (SUS), is also home to the second largest private healthcare market in the world. The two systems essentially operate in parallel, and have often competed against each other. In recent weeks, however, the COVID-19 crisis has shown that public-private collaboration is possible, and brings real benefits—not only in the immediate context, where collaboration means more hospital beds, doctors, and equipment made available where Brazil needs them most; but also in the longer run, where public-private partnership can help drive innovation and improve efficiency. The panelists discussed the benefits of public-private partnerships, and what obstacles, such as Brazil’s stark inequality and the need for improved management within the systems, must be addressed.

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