Elumelu seeks more funding in healthcare delivery

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Tony Elumelu Foundation is working to unlock improvements, equality and attract more funding for Africa’s healthcare delivery, its Founder, Tony Elumelu has said.

He spoke yesterday at the Abu Dhabi Health Forum, held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Elumelu said the feat will be achieved by leveraging the power of entrepreneurship, innovation, and working across sectors to make a difference.

Elumelu reiterated his passion for entrepreneurship, and the need to prioritize appropriate capital allocation and investments in innovation (health research and health technology / IT) to drive global improvements in health outcomes — across Africa.

“My foundation has funded 700 healthcare entrepreneurs, with a gender distribution ratio of 49 per cent male to 51 per cent female, but this is just a tip of the iceberg.  These entrepreneurs have gone on to help communities and even their countries in advancing health care delivery in Africa,” he said.

Elumelu listed some of the representative beneficiaries as Ritalee Monde who is providing affordable medical oxygen in Zimbabwe.  Through her company Leemed Supplies, she is making medical oxygen accessible at one-third of the market price, even providing it for free to those unable to afford it.

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