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International health group courts Botswana

Publishing Date : 24 June, 2019

Author : ALFRED MASOKOLA

Botswana has thrown the net deeper at the United States-Africa Summit and unearthed a potential watershed partnership with the International Medical Group, a renowned, global and diverse health care services provider.


According to reports from Maputo, Mozambique where Africa is having an encounter with world‘s largest economy, Botswana has given audience to 10 Medical experts from the Group on the side lines of the summit. The International Medical Group which is also known as Gruppo San Donato, in partnership with Bambini Cardiopatici nel Mondo invited Botswana for a discussion around strategic partnerships and collaborative pursuits in the Health Care sector.


Briefing the media in Maputo Minister of International Affairs & Cooperation Dr Unity Dow said the meeting predominately discussed how the International Medical Group can assist Botswana in the area of Pediatric Cancer. Dow noted that information from World Health Organization (WHO) shows that 80% of Children with Cancer in Africa die whilst on the opposite 80% or more in developed countries survive, “you can see there is a huge need in improving Africa’s Health Care space and opportunity for growth in independent services providers and the private sector to come to the party,” she said


The Group which is well recognized for running world class health care facilities around the globe is seen as potential strategic partner in resourcing and running the Sir Ketumile Masire Teaching Hospital. The hospital is a 450 bed quaternary state of the art health facility, located at the University of Botswana established to provide world class medical services, and work in conjunction with UB School of health in providing cutting edge health education as well as act as a health research hub.


When fully operational, the Sir Ketumile Masire Teaching Hospital (SKMTH) is expected reduce referral of patients to the Republic of South Africa and other countries like India for high level care. The hospital, it is expected will save government millions of Pula, and relieve pressure from Botswana’s major public health care providers, Princess Marina Hospital (PMH) and Nyangabgwe Referral Hospital.



Minister Dow further highlighted that Botswana intends to retain billions in Pulas it pays to other countries, in particular India and South African in the form of health care bills emanating from referrals and specialized treatment requisites. “Our medical export bill to this countries is too high and we can retain this money and be the health hub in the Southern Africa’ she added


Minister of Investment, Trade & Industry (MITI) Bogolo Kenewendo shared that her ministry champions Botswana idealness for investment across all sectors because of the country’s central locations. “If you looking to penetrate the Zambian, Namibian, South African and Zimbabwean markets  it is best for you to start from Botswana, because we are actually well positioned and well advantaged in terms of logistics integration and coordinated market access into other countries.” She said.


Kenewendo noted that Botswana‘s private Health care sector is open for business explaining that it is a well-regulated sector with fair competition, utmost caution on the quality of services “We are certainly open to doing business and we have been continuously reforming, aiming to be the best place to do business and the easiest environment to do business in the continent and the competitive in the world.” She said


The Grouppo San Donato, the leading health care in Europe has more than 20 hospitals, 16 000 employees, about 4 million patients and 2 Universities has existing cooperation with several countries including Mozambique, Syria, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco , Senegal, Nigeria, Cameroon and Romania.

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