Zenith Global Health aims to recognize the many healthcare professionals who go beyond the call of duty to ensure delivery and sustenance of quality care for patients globally. We recognize, showcase, and celebrate health professionals who have excelled in their areas of specialty. This can be either through management, Patient Care, Education, Research, or Innovation. The 1st African Healthcare Awards summit and Awards themed “Advances in diabetes and cancer care; plugging the gaps” will take place from 25th to 26th June 2021 at the Oriental Hotel, Lagos-Nigeria.

The summit is a hybrid (virtual and physical) and is divided into three parts with Day 1 (25th June), looking into diabetes under the theme “Diabetes the burden we all ignore” and cancer under the session themed “Breaking Barriers in cancer care”.

Day 2: 26th June – thematic and co-curated side sessions touching on key areas of health as below. The day will close by giving back and celebrating the dedication & commitment to excellence in healthcare across board.

  • Public-Private Partnership

  • Universal Healthcare Financing and Coverage

  • Pharmaceuticals and vaccine manufacturing in Africa- post Covid-19

Nominate Healthcare Champions

The year 2020 was a firsthand test to the level of our preparedness towards disease eradication. Statistics have shown that the African health practitioners, stakeholders and leaders did their best in ensuring Africa was not as hard-hit. For that reason, it would be of great essence to celebrate healthcare frontline workers and their efforts to realizing such availability of quality healthcare for all in Africa, for Africans.

2021 Focus Areas

According to the 2019 statistics of diabetes in the African continent by the International Diabetes Foundation (IDF), the numbers will rise to 47 million from 19 million by 2045. These numbers are between the ages of 20-79. The surprising factor is that 60% of people who have diabetes do not know that they do. Out of the total healthcare budget set aside, only 1% was used in 2019 towards diabetes care which was equivalent to 9.5 million dollars. This expenditure will also increase to 17 billion by 2045. Given the fact that numbers do not lie, it is time that we take more preventive measures as opposed to curative ones. IDF has also done research that shows that diabetes patients are at risk of suffering from cardiovascular diseases.

World Health Organization has highlighted that diabetes is more prevalent in middle and low-income countries. The WHO has projected that this will be the 7th leading cause of death by 2030. The issues to be addressed during the Africa Healthcare Awards will be; Treating and screening, Healthy Living, early diagnosis etc.

Cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death in the world and was the cause of 8.8 million deaths in 2015 as per the World Health Organization database. In 2010 the total expenditure towards cancer was 1.16 trillion dollars and this is on the rise. This has led to a call for high taxes on cancer-causing producing products such as cancer; alcohol, etc. Atlas Africa has projected that 50% of cancer issues in most East African countries are through infections that could be prevented. With 1/3 of all global cervical cancer coming from sub-Saharan Africa though this represents only 14% of the world’s female population.

According to the Union of International Cancer Control (UICC), only 2/3 of African countries have a national cancer control plan which helps them plan and prioritize. This is why during the Africa Healthcare Awards we will discuss in length; Testing and screening (early detection), Treating, Data accuracy, Driving country Policies and plans, Reducing the cancer burden etc.

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