Health Sector Highlights
Health Sector Analysis
With one of the largest relative youth cohorts in the Gulf – the share of the population under 35 stood at 50% as of 2022 – Kuwait has a vested interest in achieving positive learning and health outcomes for...
Special Reports on the Health Sector
Nigeria has made tangible progress on health indicators in recent years, although structural challenges remain. While the government will continue to play a central role in the pursuit of universal health care, there are opportunities for private sector participation to help achieve its ambitious goals.
Egypt’s universal health insurance and large national health campaigns have sought to deliver improved health outcomes and broader access to care. Although Covid-19 has affected overall economic activity, it has also catalysed innovation and growth in the health sector.
Sustained investment and foresighted policy initiatives meant that the UAE and Abu Dhabi had developed a modern and effective public health system prior to the pandemic, supported by a growing number of private operators offering complementary services. When Covid-19 reached the country, SEHA and other health stakeholders were able to scale up testing and treatment capacity rapidly, aided by data-led solutions such as a locally developed test-and-trace application, which warned residents about close contact with confirmed cases of Covid-19.
Focus Report: Ongoing efforts to strengthen Nigeria's health sector
Report: Major post-pandemic transformations in Egyptian health care
Report: How is the pandemic shaping the future of Abu Dhabi’s health care sector?
Health Sector AnalysesThe Report Overview
With one of the largest relative youth cohorts in the Gulf – the share of the population under 35 stood at 50% as of 2022 – Kuwait has a vested interest in achieving positive learning and health outcomes for nationals and foreign residents alike. As was the case around the world, the Covid-19 pandemic posed specific and immediate challenges for educators and medical workers in the country, which the government is working to address in parallel with ongoing efforts to achieve the development targets set by New Kuwait 2035...
The integration of private health care providers into Kuwait’s health care system is still in its early phases, but it is progressing satisfactorily, and so far, the experience has been positive. We expect that the country’s private health operators will have significant room to grow and help the local sector develop further by investing in and boosting health care efficiencies. Additionally, the increased competition from allowing more players to operate in the market would improve quality and reduce waiting lists for specific...
As GCC countries look to rationalise public spending and stimulate private enterprise, public-private partnership (PPP) opportunities are opening up across a range of industries. After the Gulf’s health care systems coped relatively well with the Covid-19 pandemic, attention has returned to finding the most efficient ways to provide coverage to the region’s growing population. In Kuwait, the Health Assurance Hospitals Company ( Dhaman) PPP is set to play an integral role in the country’s health care services as it ramps up...
In terms of the filing of international patents, 2021 was a record-breaking year, with higher education playing a significant role in driving innovation and expanding intellectual property (IP). According to the UN World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), 277,500 international patents were filed in 2021, a 0.9% increase from 2020 and representing the 12th consecutive year of growth. Revealingly, the largest share of patents was in the field of computer technology, at 9.9%, followed by digital communications...
In a bid to expand access and widen their reach, educational institutions are exploring the possibilities of the metaverse and associated extended-reality (XR) approaches. The metaverse comprises a range of technologies that immerse users in a virtual environment. It denotes a 3D medium that combines virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) into a new digital realm, sometimes known as XR. These environments are accessed through VR headsets and are typically immersive, interactive and...
After a surge in uptake during the Covid-19 pandemic, the telehealth industry is courting new investment to further innovation and increase access to care in emerging markets. Digital health companies raised a record $57.2bn in global venture capital funding in 2021, a 79% jump from the $32bn raised in 2020, with 30% of the total directed towards telehealth. An estimated $140bn in private sector finance will be needed annually between 2015 and 2030 to realise the UN’s health-related Sustainable Development Goals...
Health Sector Analysis
After the return to political stability and peace in 2012, the health care sector has been an area of focus for the government and the private sector alike. In recent years, the government has worked to expand hospital infrastructure alongside universal access to health care.
The Health Sector in Emerging MarketsEconomic Update
After a surge in uptake during the Covid-19 pandemic, the telehealth industry is courting new investment to further innovation and increase access to care in emerging markets.
Bernardo Bruzzone, Africa Regional Editor, Oxford Business Group (OBG), recently spoke with Naoufal Lahlou, CEO of Promamec. The topics covered during this discussion were centered around the role that Morocco plays in the development of the health sector in several West African countries.
With over 391m inhabitants in 2019, West Africa is home to nearly 37% of the sub-Saharan population, but with the exception of South Africa, the subregion relies almost entirely on imports to meet its medical device needs, and local production remains relatively low.
Covid-19 Response Report
Front and centre in the fight against Covid-19, the Mexican health care sector embraced digitalisation and adopted new strategies to redesign service offerings. This report covers the country’s preparedness factors, and focuses on the health care sector’s response strategy to the pandemic as well as the recovery trends being observed today.
As the global Covid-19 vaccine rollout continues, Latin American governments have seen their own vaccination strategies meet with varying levels of success. While some countries are among the world’s leaders in terms of per capita progress, others are struggling with the challenges presented by mass immunisation.