IFC Health Newsletter |October 2022

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

This month we spoke with Javier Contreras, CEO of Grupo Conclina, which owns Ecuador’s largest private hospital, about the digital transformation process and the positive impact it can have on broadening access to more affordable, quality healthcare.
15, 2023. 


Zeynep Kantur
Global Sector Manager of Health and Education, IFC
Expert Voices: An Interview with Javier Contreras, CEO of Grupo Conclina
“Taking the time to have these important conversations from the very beginning has helped build enthusiasm for what we are doing.”  Read the interview here.
IFC Thought Leadership

Manuel Giraldo, a health consultant, shared strategies in a blog for preventing gaps in communication protocols that could undermine effective patient treatment: “Communicating critical values in a timely manner is important for proper patient management and treatment.”

In his latest blog post, Charles Dalton, a Senior Health Specialist, explained the importance of viewing mental health treatment as part of standard care: “Like any disease, mental health problems can have far-reaching consequences on the individual, family, relationships, and ability to study or work.”

Dalton also addressed the common risks associated with launching a new health services project in another piece: “It’s a slam dunk: Invest in a hospital; what could go wrong!?” he asked rhetorically.

IFC Managing Director Makhtar Diop spoke with The Economic Times on IFC’s plans to boost engagement in India by doubling its lending for the country to $2.5¬–3 billion in the next several years, covering various sectors, including healthcare and pharmaceuticals.

Data show that 50 percent of all adverse events occurring among hospitalized patients are related to poor surgical care. To help improve outcomes, our IQ-Healthcare program has created free trainings to help facilities improve their surgical practices. The new session explains the role of effective communication in reducing errors and improving patient safety and care during and after surgery. A previous training focused on internationally recognized best practices in hospital patient identification.

With Latin America and the Caribbean among the hardest hit by COVID-19 among developing countries, IFC announced a $30 million investment in Laboratorios Siegfried, a subsidiary of Argentinian pharmaceutical company Grupo Roemmers.

Life-saving medical equipment remains out of reach for many small healthcare providers in Sub-Saharan Africa, so we are excited to welcome Elekta, a leading provider of radiation therapy for treating cancer, to IFC’s Africa Medical Equipment Facility (AMEF). AMEF brings together manufacturers, providers, and banks to make equipment accessible.

Registration for IFC’s Global Private Health Conference is officially open. Please join thought leaders and IFC experts from around the world to discuss strategies on how to build stronger, more resilient health systems. We look forward to seeing you in Cape Town, South Africa, on February 14–15, 2023.

We recently released the first in a four-part medical technology webisode series on innovators that have made affordable, high-quality devices available in emerging markets. The first one focuses on circular economy principles for single-use medical devices.

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