Vantage, NHED to Boost Nigerian Health System With AI
By Adedapo Adesanya
Vantage Health Technologies, an international health technology provider, part of the BroadReach Group, will collaborate with Nigeria’s Network for Health Equity and Development (NHED), a public health and development non-profit organisation, to boost the Nigerian health system through Artificial Intelligence (AI).
The team will harness the power of AI and long-term in-country contextual expertise in health advocacy to build strong governance and health systems across the country’s public health system.
The Nigerian health system is overburdened and resource-constrained, resulting in poor health outcomes. Nigeria experiences a high prevalence of HIV, TB, and Malaria, ranking fourth worldwide in terms of HIV burden, accounting for 35 per cent of cases in East and West Africa.
Additionally, Nigeria ranks sixth globally in contributing to TB cases, comprising 4 per cent of total TB cases worldwide. Moreover, Nigeria faces the highest malaria burden globally, with an estimated 51 million cases annually, representing approximately 30 per cent of Africa’s total malaria burden.
To address these challenges, the partnership between NHED and Vantage plays a crucial role in providing the necessary support to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the healthcare system, its managers, and the workforce within the available resources.
Vantage’s AI-powered solutions specifically help health organisations achieve cost and operational efficiencies, improved organisational performance and better health outcomes through “next best action” workflows to empower healthcare workers at all levels with deep experience in HIV, TB, malaria and other related diseases treatment and care.
NHED, in turn, specialises in delivering high-impact public health advocacy, governance and primary health system interventions across the continent. Specifically, within Nigeria, they have driven successful interventions across nutrition and primary healthcare programmes.
Speaking on this, Mr Paul Bhuhi, Managing Director of Vantage Health Technologies, said, “Together, we’ll bring new efficiencies into the Nigerian public health system to overcome challenges in health service delivery, workforce empowerment, patient retention, data interoperability, health information management and data-driven leadership.
“Vantage offers proven AI-driven, data-centric, technology-enabled solutions and innovation that empowers human action. Our goal is to enable public health systems to achieve Universal Health Coverage by 2030. We believe this is possible in Nigeria too.”
“Through our health systems approach, this partnership and its unique combination of AI-enabled technology, deep contextual knowledge and expertise in health leadership and governance can help address healthcare system challenges with speed and agility,” Mr Bhuhi added.
On his part, Dr Emmanuel Sokpo, Managing Director of NHED, says: “Our combined experience, local knowledge and relationships with the government of Nigeria enable us to offer high-impact technical assistance and best-in-class, AI-driven, technology-enabled solutions.
“Our expertise and solutions bring about organisational change, improved performance, and better program, population, and individual health outcomes. We are excited to see the impact that this joint effort will make in Nigeria – not only for health administrators and caregivers but, most importantly, their patients, the people of Nigeria.”
To introduce this powerful partnership, a round table event on “Technology enabled Health Systems Strengthening” is being co-hosted by the partnership on July 20 in Abuja for high-level government, donor and private sector health stakeholders.