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BHF Conference Summary

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.

Strengthening accountability

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?

Defining efficiency

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)

Alliance Care

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.


Golf day

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:

1st Place

 Wayne Riback; Eischan Maharaj; Ricardo Manual; Casper Badenhorst

2nd Place

 Ingrid Cloete-Klerk; Hleli Nhlapo; Teboho Makoetlane; Neil Nyirongo

3rd Place 

 Yashwin Singh; Demetrius John; Andrew Nongogo; Nosipho Nogogo

4th Place 

 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



Please Watch a Summary Video for the 18 Annual BHF Conference held in Cape Town in July 2017


Defining and understanding our new healthcare ecosystem: Track industry roadmap – patient-centric system;  Multisectoral scenario planning and action plan
Strengthening accountability: 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?


Defining efficiency: 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

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