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The 20th BHF Annual Southern African Conference was held between 21 and 24 July 2019 at the International Convention Centre in Cape Town. Over 1 000 delegates from the healthcare industries of over 20 regional and international countries attended, including healthcare executives, professionals, principal officers of medical schemes, policy makers, regulators, government officials and representatives of international organisations. The conference featured guest speakers from across the SADC region, the USA, Kenya, Ireland, India and Germany among other speakers, and dignitaries including, the Namibian Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services Juliet Kavetuna, Namibian Deputy Minister of Finance Paulos Ithete, Namibian Member of Parliament Heather Sibungo, Director General: National Department of Health Ms Malebo Precious Matsoso and Gauteng MEC for Health in Gauteng Dr Bandile Masuku.
various organisations were represented, including medical schemes, pharmaceutical companies, administrators, investment houses, government departments, managed care organisations and international bodies such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
Themed Convergence 2030 – Healthcare Re-imagined, the conference focused on the role of convergence in defining what the healthcare system will look like in 2030. A major part of the conference was dedicated to understanding the role of multi-sectoral convergence in delivering quality health services and why it is important to scale up. The objectives of the conference are summarised as follows:
Defining and understanding our new healthcare ecosystem
Track industry roadmap – patient-centric system
Multisectoral scenario planning and action plan.
Empower medical scheme trustees and principal officers with tools to keep up with the rapid changes in the system
How can we fast-forward gender parity in healthcare?
Harness emerging technologies to efficiently and effectively deliver quality care
Promote the eradication of fraud, waste and abuse in the system.
Health system reform
Review the need for regulatory change
Evaluate recent developments and lessons learned.
Besides the plenary sessions and panel discussions, conference delegates could choose between attending nine workshop sessions of choice for more focused engagements on issues of interest. Various case studies were also presented during the conference to provide an understanding of healthcare systems across the region and the world. Delegates who attended the conference gained CPD points, allocated as follows by the South African Medical Association:
Day 1 = 4 ethics
Day 2 = 4 ethics
Day 3 = 8 ethics
Day 4 = 4 ethics
An important part of the conference was the BHF Southern Africa’s Titanium Awards ceremony, on the evening of Monday, 22 July. In its fourth year, the Titanium Awards celebrate excellence in the healthcare sector in SADC. The 2019 winners are:
Category 1: Titanium Award for Excellence in creating Access to Healthcare
Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS)
Category 2: Titanium Award for Best Healthcare Media Content
Pippa Hudson & Amy Rae-Rispel – Primedia Cape Town
Category 3: Titanium Award for Health Facilities (Hospitals, Primary Care, etc – Private and Public sectors)
Category 4: Titanium Award for Youth Achiever
Mr Anele Siswana
Category 5: Titanium Award for Service to Membership: Open, Closed and Self-Administered Medical Schemes, Administrators and Managed Care Organisations
Hosmed Medical Scheme
Category 6: Titanium Award for Best Paper
Ms Shivani Ranchod
Category 7: Titanium Award for Outstanding Achievement
Dr Brian Ruff
Category 8: Dr Humphrey Zokufa Lifetime Achievement Award
The late Professor Sam Ferhsen
The conference provided a platform for delegates to share, discuss and debate ideas and strategies. There were also great opportunities throughout the four days of conference for delegates to network and socialise with their like-minded peers.
The 2030 Healthcare Scenarios were also launched during the conference, to unpack what the future of healthcare could look like in 2030 should the status quo continue to be sustained.
Informed by a set of scenario planning methodologies, through various engagements, a team of 40 industry experts conducted a series of engagements that focused on defining the game and identifying the players, while envisioning what winning would look like. They developed four healthcare scenarios which were launched at the conference.
On Sunday morning delegates participated in the 2019 BHF Golf Challenge. Thank you to all organisations and individuals who supported and participated challenge, held on 21 July 2019 at the Pearl Valley Golf Course.
Congratulations to the 2019 BHF Golf Challenge champions:
Wayne Riback; Eischan Maharaj; Ricardo Manual; Casper Badenhorst
Ingrid Cloete-Klerk; Hleli Nhlapo; Teboho Makoetlane; Neil Nyirongo
Yashwin Singh; Demetrius John; Andrew Nongogo; Nosipho Nogogo
Amil Visser; Hein Botha; Amos Masango; Ian de Vega
BHF & Wits Trustee Development Programme
In the evening, the third cohort of the Board of Health Funders (BHF) & Wits Business School Trustee Development programme graduated. Thirty-five delegates completed the course aimed at providing an excellent understanding of the Board’s procedural undertakings and developing the capabilities to respond to present and future challenges in the sector. The course was designed to equip them with an in-depth understanding of healthcare funding, which included the legislative framework for medical schemes, health governance, as well as the role and responsibility of trustees. Delegates were prepared to assess the local economy in relation to decision making in the industry, understand medical scheme finance, effectively apply the duties of the trustee and identify good governance principles.
The 20th BHF Annual Southern African Conference attracted 54 sponsors and exhibitors. The full programme with speaker details and names of sponsors are included in the report. To view speaker presentations, delegates who attended the conference can use their registration cards to access presentations on http://www.bhfglobal.com/conferences.
WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND THE CONFERENCE
Please Watch a Summary Video for the 18 Annual BHF Conference held in Cape Town in July 2017